News & Updates
Wednesday, April 8th 2020
The Escondido Chamber of Commerce
is working remotely, holding virtual events,
and here for YOU!
Chamber News and Updates
Do you think the Government has done a good job during this pandemic?
JR's Weekly Column
OK, three weeks and counting. Counting toward what? Counting the dried water spots on the acoustic tiles in the office, counting how many times we hear the latest COVID-19 new cases update, or worse yet, the death total? What can we count on?

We can count on each other. Right? Let’s hope so. It looks like we’re going to need each other more
than ever. There will be an end to this outbreak and we will get back to work, but the work could look
quite different. Many of us may not go back to work, and maybe some of us are fine with this. Government-backed programs are being instituted to bridge the gap between working and not working,
being able to hold on and closing. These are, for the most part, works in progress, and if you’re confused, it’s understandable. Nothing seems to perform quite like presented. I note an uptick in people retiring all entirely anecdotal but, I sense something in the air. Could this be a natural filter working to facilitate change?

Once we officially begin a recovery, or flattening of reported new COVID-19 cases, could it be that
historians will look back on this time in our lives and mark it’s passing as the beginning of real change?

Have we gone too far in our efforts to preserve this economy which by all accounts had shown unprecedented strength until a month ago?

We’re not here to Monday morning quarterback. But, don’t we have an obligation to each other to
examine our actions, review our efforts, and seek to improve. We all have choices, and of course, the
second-guessing and finger-pointing has already begun, but can’t we just look to identify and make
better choices?

Escondidans have made hard choices and consistently reacted with a willingness to do their part in getting us through this. People have done as asked, supported our leaders, and headed their call to stay at home. Hopefully soon we will have a chance to put our lives back in order, to begin repairing that which has broken so quickly. We must continue to do our part to stem this outbreak. We also must look at our actions and make choices, either to change or not. Perhaps this could be a chance to be even better, and correct mistakes.

There are still many questions but, the sun will shine on Escondido once again and that I’m sure of.

Sincerely, JR
COVID-19 Small Business Resources
U.S. Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Small Business Guide & Checklist
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn.

Known as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.

Virtual Economic
Development Meeting
w/ City of Escondido Deputy Director of Economic Development - Amber Tarrac

Topic: CARES Act, PPP, and SBA Loan Updates

Thursday, April 9th
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Virtual Government
Affairs Meeting
w/ Senator Brian Jones & County Supervisor
Kristin Gaspar

Topic: State & County
COVID-19 Updates for
Small Businesses

Monday, April 13th
10:00am - 11:00am
Escondido News & Happenings
City News & Updates
The health and safety of our community remains our top priority. The City of Escondido is actively taking measures to keep our community safe and to slow the spread of COVID-19.

We are committed to following the Governor’s and the County Public Health Officer’s orders in a combined effort to keep our population healthy and safe while providing essential services to our residents.
Marie Waldron
How Businesses Can Get Help
Congress just passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion
stimulus package aimed at helping Americans cope with an economy that is suddenly screeching to a halt. Small businesses, along with millions of employees, have been hit hard.

Under CARES, the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Plan is available to virtually every small business in America. There are...
Member News & More
Ambassadors of the Month
With the Chamber Staff & Ambassadors working remotely, we continue to be here for all of our Members during this time...so we decided we are ALL Ambassadors of the Month!