Newsletter | Mid-APRIL 2020
Each of us move through different emotional phases brought on by COVID-19. Some are beginning to pivot their business to accommodate this new economy. Help us share your good ideas and best practices. Send your ideas to

Alongside our smart health procedures, we must enact smart economic procedures to help us rebound quickly. Individuals and organizations who still have the capacity to help, now is the time to turn our attention to helping the small business entrepreneur so when the shelter-in-place is lifted and we go back to Main Street there will be something besides empty storefronts welcoming us back.

Tom Jacobson, Founder of Are We Safe Yet

We live in interesting times. Increased numbers of at-home workers means increased risk for your organization. Late last year my application for InfraGard was accepted by the FBI. As a member of InfraGard, I have access to a steady stream of non-classified documents from the Federal government about cybersecurity and current threats...

Paul Garza, Jr., Chair, Board of Directors, West Business Development Center

While the full force of the COVID-19 pandemic is still upon us, I believe it’s time to begin thinking about the future of our county’s economy, one that will be profoundly altered by inevitable changes to our global and national economies. As with all major change, there will be regrettable losses but also opportunities.

I have embraced the #WFH scenario for much of the past 3 decades, in what is termed as being a “digital nomad”. As you find yourself required to work from home now too, I am happy to share my experiences with you on how to best to take on this new “home working” version of yourself...

Meeting the Moment: Inspiring Ideas for Business
The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development Entrepreneurship Task Force serves as a working group to share ideas and solutions to propel California’s next generation of innovative entrepreneurs and small businesses, to ensure that all California startups and established firms have access to the resources to grow or scale.

Mendocino Virtual Small Business Roundtable with Congressman Jared Huffman and Assembly member Jim Wood
Wednesday, April 15th 10 -11 am PST
Please join Congressman Jared Huffman and Assembly member Jim Wood and guests for an on-line “shelter in place” virtual small business roundtable. Rep. Huffman will be joined by local business experts to discuss federal, state and local resources related to the COVID-19 impacts on our business community and answer your questions.

ABC’s of Working in a Virtual World
To help speed up our transition to a virtual world, West Center is launching a new Wednesday webinar series called the ABC’s of Working in a Virtual World. Mark you calendars and attend these free webinars to familiarize yourself with best practices and how-to guidance on everything from starting a zoom call to setting up an eCommerce site that sells.
Wednesday, April 15
3:00-4:00 PM
Wednesday, April 29
3:00-4:00 PM
Wednesday, May 13
COVID-19: Cyber Security Webinar
Friday, April 17 from 10-11 AM
The increase in the number of at-home workers means increased risk for you and your organization. Join us with Cyber Security Expert, Tom Jacobson, founder of, as he uncovers possible COVID-related scams that are happening right now and shares tips and tricks to staying safe online. 

COVID-19: The Art of Working From Home
Tuesday, April 21, 1- 2:30 PM
How to increase work productivity by utilizing tools, schedules, habits, and mindset necessary to create a successful working from home model. Walk away with an understanding of how to find a work/life integration that works for you, your family and your business. 

COVID-19: Estrategias Para Mantener Su Negocio Próspero
Tuesday, April 21, 4-5 PM
Ahora es el momento de revisar las finanzas de su negocio y ajustarlas siempre que sea posible. Aún puede avanzar con algunos pequeños cambios y estrategias críticas.Cada negocio se ha visto afectado por la situación actual, por lo que ahora es un momento importante para revisar sus finanzas.

COVID-19: Marketing Your Business from Home
Wednesday, April 22, 9-11 AM
From social media posts to radio ads marketing can be a daunting but important task. While you shelter-in-place how will your customers know about your product or services. Learn how to attract and retain your best customers from home.

Open Q & A sessions COVID Loan for businesses

Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday
10:30-11:30 am
No registration necessary

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