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In this edition:

*Making Sense of Mondays - 'You matter because your leadership matters'
*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 - Now 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: 

"I touched the flagpole!” “I touched the fence before you touched the flagpole!” “I slid in and touch the fence with my feet before both of you touched anything!”

There we stood bunched together like a gaggle of geese in the deepest part of Centerfield, as far from home plate as one could be, next to the white, desperate-for-paint flagpole arguing back and forth between breaths about who got there first.

To this day, the winner of that race escapes my memory, but I can tell you that this one day was one of the most important days of my life. This was the day that my baseball coach decided to invest in the discovery of my potential..."Read more
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City of Rohnert Park - Community Services will be highlighting all things "I Heart Rohnert Park" - Scavenger Hunt / Mar 16 Chat with the Chief - Tune in next on Mar 30

Fundemonium - Mar 22 Newsletter - The Easter Bunny shops at Fundemonium

Intelligent Heart - latest article by Steven Campbell - Becoming Wise - at Any Age

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 19 Newsletter

Rohnert Park FC - Be a sponsor & market your business - Deadline May 31

Rohnert Park Soccer Club - Be a sponsor & market your business

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

Sally Tomatoes & Heirloom Cafe - Family Delivery / Tuesday Dinner & Comedy - Mar 23 / Whiskey Dinner with Sonoma Distilling Company - Mar 24 / Thursday Trivia - Mar 25

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

Summit State Bank sponsored workshop on Employee Retention Tax Credit - Apr 8

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

Is your restaurant ramping up for indoor dining? Virus Protection For Your Facility Our service can help keep your customers and staff safe from the spread of viruses on counter and table tops, common areas and all touchpoints for up to 90 days! VirusBlock-90
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

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.

Click here to print flyers below - English / Spanish
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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