UPDATE: MARCH 24, 2020

I know that the extension of Executive Order 2020-05, has put some of us on edge. Many are glad that there has been an extension, others are not happy that this will further keep them from operating their businesses. This Coronavirus pandemic has definitely changed our world. If this crisis has taught us anything it has reminded us that we are resilient, that we have been through other types of experiences in our lives that have stopped us in our tracks and have caused us to think, retool and do things a little differently.

This message is to let you know that we are with you. Your Chamber staff and Board Members are working diligently with our local and federal officials to obtain relief for your business. Yesterday we heard from Congressman Michael San Nicolas who has advised that he is making sure that the Territories are included in all economic stimulus packages for our country. The community heard today from Governor Lou Leon Guerrero who spoke with Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump who have assured her that they are doing everything they can to get an economic stimulus package passed and signed which would allow for federal assistance for businesses.

We appreciate the great way that our community has come together by offering support for each other by means of payment deferments, discounts and providing much appreciated sustenance for our front line medical community and our most vulnerable. You are amazing and I am so proud to call this giving community home.

We have put together a "Roll Call" to reach out to our members via social media so please respond and let us know the status of your company, how you are managing your business, or what your current needs are so we can help you. You can also do this by responding to this email. Additionally, if your business has put forth special offers for other businesses to support sustainability efforts during this crisis please let us know - we are happy to compile the information to share with the community.

Let us all continue to do our part by staying home, practicing social distancing and being extremely careful in managing our hygiene. Thank you for supporting our local small businesses, our restaurants and fast food place. And most especially, thank you for all you and your company are doing to address the impacts of COVID-19 in our community. God Bless You.

Onward Together,

Catherine Castro
Guam Chamber of Commerce

We want to hear from you! Please respond to our social media tags and let us know the status of your company: how you are managing your business, or what your current needs are so we can help you. You can also do this by responding to this email.
Guam Department of Labor Update

The Guam Department of Labor (DOL) is working to submit an application for the Disaster
Dislocated Worker grant in an effort to maximize Guam’s eligibility for federal assistance to
receive COVID-19 related unemployment benefits. The federally funded grant, if awarded, could
potentially provide eligible participants with both disaster relief employment and employment
and training activities.

In an effort to get the needed information to identify those in the community that have been
impacted, the community is advised if they receive any calls from employees or employers for
Disaster Unemployment Assistance, to send the following information to DOL via email at
rapidresponse@dol.guam.gov .

For individual employees:
  1. Name of employer that issued the furlough or layoff

For business owners or managers :
  1. Employer name and location
  2. Number of employees laid off or are anticipated to be laid off
  3. Anticipated date and length of layoffs (e.g. 1 to 2 weeks, 3 to 4 weeks, or unknown at this time)
  4. Number of employees with reduced work hours or anticipated number of employees with reduced work hours
  5. When hours were reduced or anticipated date to implement reduced hours
  6. Specifics on reduced work week imposed (e.g. reduce to 32 hours per week, 20 hours per week, 10 hours per week, or unknown at this time)
  7. Duration of reduced hours (e.g. 1 to 2 weeks, 3 to 4 weeks, or unknown at this time)

For media inquiries, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10 Monday
through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please keep the Joint Information Center on your radar for the most factual and up to date information about our community and government operations as we get through this pandemic together.
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Guam small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero on March 19, 2020.
The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Guam.
IRS Extends Filing & Payment Deadline to July 15th
The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are providing special tax filing and payment relief to individuals and businesses in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak. The filing deadline for tax returns has been extended from April 15 to July 15, 2020. The IRS urges taxpayers who are owed a refund to file as quickly as possible. For those who can't file by the July 15, 2020 deadline, the IRS reminds individual taxpayers that everyone is eligible to request an extension to file their return.

All employers should be implementing strategies to protect their workforce from the coronavirus while ensuring continuity of operations. Click on the following links for resources and tips to support your business and your employees:
671.472-6311 | info@GuamChamber.com.gu