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In this edition:

*Making Sense of Mondays - 'You matter because your values matter.' 
*Thank you to our Renewing Members!
*NorthBay biz BEST OF Voting - Best Chamber & Lots more categories
*Chamber Members Events & News - Advertise here for FREE
*Harassment Prevention Training - 5+ Employees - Have you completed?*Covid-19 Resources - What changes in Red Tier, Vaccine Info & More
This week's Making Sense of Mondays Article:
by Andy Springer, Business Consultant & Coach
Check out the latest Making Sense of Mondays Article!
You can't spell Business without "B" and "U"

You will find this article and others here on our website.
Below is an excerpt, click here to read the entire article: 

"Allow me to introduce you to Coach Michael Joseph Annetta.

Coach Annetta was a large, strong, retired Marine who grew up in New York City in the home of Italian immigrants. Coach was a straight shooter who set extremely high standards for himself and everyone around him. Coach Annetta knew what it took to win and all of us knew it.

If you chose to play by his standards, you chose to win, both on and off the field. Michael Annetta had a gift for discovering the potential in all his players. He saw greater things in all of us than any of us saw in ourselves, and he did everything that he could to dig it out of us.

I can almost feel those “meat hooks” that he called hands digging deep into my soul as he lay claim on another nugget of potential. Because of his belief in us, many of us, my teammates and me, went on to do great things in life using the lessons that we learned during the few months a year that we had the privilege of playing for Coach Annetta. ..."Read more
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97.7 The River and Roger Farah of Cross Country Mortgage are teaming up to recognize local community heroes in the North Bay. Nominate your Hero at

City of Rohnert Park - Community Services will be highlighting all things "I Heart Rohnert Park" - Rohnert Park's Got Talent & Scavenger Hunt / Mar 2 Chat with the Chief - Tune in next on Mar 16

Drive Wines join Locals Tasting Room in Geyserville - Press Release

Fundemonium - Mar 15 Newsletter - St. Patrick's Day is this Week

Intelligent Heart - Some Fascinating Stuff about Dreams - Click Here

Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center - No charge business advisers & educational workshops too - Click here to go to their calendar

Oxford Suites Sonoma County - Rohnert Park - Make your big day even suiter

Poppy Bank is available to help all with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Recology Sonoma Marin - Make sorting mysteries history - Various Mar & Apr Dates

Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library - March 12 Newsletter

Rotary Club of Rancho Cotati - Redwood Empire Food Bank Donation Station - Mar 25

Rotary Club of Rohnert Park-Cotati - Drive-Through Crab Feed & Raffle - Mar 20

Sally Tomatoes & Heirloom Cafe - St. Patty's Day Week Delivery - Mar 15-17 / Tuesday Dinner & Comedy - Mar 16 / Thursday Trivia - Mar 18 / Whiskey Dinner with Sonoma Distilling Company - Mar 24

Sonoma Clean Power - Bike Electric Incentive Program - $1,000 incentive

Sonoma Media Investments/Press Democrat: Be part of 'Towns' April 18 Sunday Edition featuring Rohnert Park & Cotati - Msg from Account Exec Allie Murillo & Media Kit / Anywhere Career Fair - March 22-26

Sonoma State University Careerfest 2021 Register Now - Apr 6-9

Sonoma State University Theatre, Arts & Dance - On Stage Virtual Performances

Toppings Frozen Yogurt & Smoothie Bar - 20% of proceeds go to Sonoma County Family YMCA - Mar 23

VirusBlock90 - DISINFECTING ISN'T ENOUGH! Get 90 day indoor/outdoor disinfection and surface protection service blocking the spread of viruses, fungi and mold for your facility.
Harassment Prevention Training

Do you have 5+ employees?
You should have completed training 1/1/2021!

Supervisors two hours / Nonsupervisory one hour
Online Training offered by CalChamber
20% Member Discount - Applied at check out
Supvs - $35.19 / NonSupvs - $20.79

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Sonoma County is in the Red Tier - What changes

To see the guidelines for each industry by tier, go to Blueprint for a Safer Economy - Coronavirus COVID-19 Response ( - Then click on the industry. Click on this link for high level information by industry for each tier Click here.

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Sonoma County COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Below are links to some of the resources - Click here for complete list
Vaccine Distribution - Phases and Population Details - Click here
Vaccine Clinics - Click here
Key Facts - Click here
Vaccine Notification - Sign-up with My Turn
California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

On February 23rd, Governor Newsom signed into law a comprehensive package
providing urgent relief for the small businesses of CA. The package provides $2 billion 
– a four-fold increase over the $500 million currently being distributed – for grants
up to $25,000 for small businesses impacted by the pandemic, and allocates $50 million of this total for non-profit cultural institutions.

  • If you have already applied, you do NOT need to anything at this time.
  • Round 4 - Non-Profit Cultural Institutions Only - Apply March 16-23
  • Round 5 - New Applicants Apply March 25-31
  • Round 6 - New Applicants - Application date to be announced

Here is a link to the CA Relief Grant Website where they will post the latest information.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Reopens

Lending institutions are now accepting applications

As before, you must apply through a lender. View map of lenders near you.

If you received PPP in Round 1, you may prefer to apply again through your existing lender. However, this is not a requirement; some lenders are not offering the PPP this time or delaying the opening date.
Getting started with PPP Round 2

Need help? Have questions?
If you received help from SBDC before on the PPP or EIDL, please contact the SBDC Advisor who helped you!

If you have not received one-on-one support, you can sign up as a new client.

  • You can apply for an EIDL through December 31, 2021.
  • One loan only per business (you cannot apply for a second). However, if you borrowed less than you were eligible for, you may request an increase on your existing loan.
  • EIDL Advances (grants up to $10K) will re-open for a second round to businesses in low-income communities who received an EIDL advance in the first round. The SBA will notify businesses if they are eligible.

Workplace Exposure and Outbreak

"What should I do if an employee tests positive for COVID-19?"

AB 685 (Chapter 84, Statutes of 2020) is a California law that requires employers to notify employees who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and to report workplace outbreaks of COVID-19 to their local health department.

Notify Employees of Workplace Outbreaks

Upon identifying a COVID-19 case in the workplace, you need to provide the following information:

  1. Notice to your employees and the employer of subcontracted workers that they may have been exposed to COVID-19
  2. Information about benefits & options. 
  3. A disinfection & safety plan. 

More on this topic from Jay G. Putnam, Attorney at Law

NEW COVID LAW REQUIRES 24-HOUR WRITTEN NOTICE - "Effective January 1, employers are required to provide written notification to employees, within 24 hours, of COVID-19 exposures in the workplace. They are further required to notify local health authorities in the event of an “outbreak.”...Read more

See the Jay's website for several detailed newsletters explaining the potent protection such policies offer employers.  

Jay G. Putnam is a Petaluma labor lawyer who has specialized in representing California employers for over 39 years. His practice is devoted to preventing lawsuits against his clients, without sacrificing workplace authority or management prerogatives. He has a remarkable record of success.
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