Volume 4 | January 22, 2021
 “I miss 2020,” said No One, ever.

Last year was likely the worst year in recorded history for small business, and everyone in our community has been feeling the pain. For your Chamber of Commerce, 2020 was a watershed year (to use a geographically relevant metaphor). As we begin 2021, your new Board of Directors is using the “opportunity” presented by COVID to take a serious look at how the Chamber can best serve our business members, our residents, and our guests.
Safety is top-of-mind, and when our region was elevated to the Purple Tier with a strong Stay-at-Home order last month, we closed the Chamber’s physical office until further notice. We also researched best practices of other gateway-to-recreation chambers to help evaluate better, more efficient solutions for responding to queries and expanding our reach to promote the tremendous benefits of our area as a perfect destination for living, working, and playing. (Here’s a hint: It’s all about digital!) 
Until a firm plan is in place, your Board members will be sharing the responsibilities for responding to queries, coordinating efforts, and promoting our experience-rich area. Each of your volunteer Board members owns and operates a small business here, and as a team, we are committed to being as responsive as possible during this transition. 
So, expect to see some exciting changes in how your new Chamber of Commerce fulfills our mission in 2021 and beyond. In the meantime, you can contact the Chamber any time via our website, www.Groveland.org, by sending an email to info@Groveland.org, or by interacting with us on Facebook or Instagram, and please, be patient. One of us will respond to your query as soon as we are able.

Wishing you all a safe, healthy, and prosperous 2021! 

Bob Turney, Vice President

Bob Turney is the owner/operator of Yosemite Adventure Supplies. He can be reached at 209-962-0963 or bob@yosemiteadventuresupplies.com
Economic Webinar | Accessing COVID 19 Emergency Capital

Join Sierra SBDC on January 26 at 9am for up-to-date information on when and how to access current local, state, and federal business assistance resources. Presenters are Carrie Ellinwood, the Deputy District Director from the SBA’s Sacramento District Office team, and Leslie Williams, the Outreach Director for the Sierra SBDC and longtime SBDC small business counselor and former SBA lending programs officer in the banking industry.

Rural Regions Connect Webinar | Pivot Your Business

Cole Przybyla am excited to invite you to attend the Rural Regions Connect Virtual Conference on Thursday, January 28th, an inaugural, daylong event that is designed to help businesses access leading experts in top industries to help them capitalize on disruptions and transformations begun in 2020 and accelerated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tuolumne County Roles Out COVID 19 Vaccine Program

At first, supply will be very limited. Vaccines will be given in phases according to priority groups. Tuolumne County is following federal and state guidelines, as well as working with our healthcare and community partners to determine the groups receiving vaccine. Follow for the Vaccine Interest Form.

COVID19 Tests Now Available in Groveland Each Monday

Tuolumne County has been approved for a traveling testing team. At this time, it is planned for the testing site to be open at the Groveland Community Hall on Mondays from 7 AM to 7 PM. The sites are expected to begin operations late next week. Appointments will be able to be scheduled at the same LHI website. 

Tuolumne County Encourages Communities to become FIREWISE

Tuolumne County neighborhoods, subdivisions, and homeowner’s associations wanting to do more to protect themselves against wildfire may want to consider becoming a Firewise USA Community. Firewise USA is a program of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

LGTBQ+ Virtual Small Business Resource Town Hall

Join California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara for a Statewide LGBTQ+ Virtual Small Business Resource Town Hall, on Wednesday, January 27th, at 1:30 p.m. Registration is required and questions are be taken in advance. For more information, see the attached invite or click on the following link.

Community Press Releases
SERVICE SPOTLIGHT | Groveland Trail Heads
Located just outside of Groveland, and less than 20 minutes from Yosemite, is the Ferretti Non Motorized trail system (affectionately called Ferretti Trails). These 500 acres will eventually provide year round mountain biking opportunities to the hundreds of thousands of cycling enthusiasts that live less than 4 hours away.

The International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) sees the value in this trail system and has offered the Groveland Trail Heads the Dig In Grant Matching award to help with construction!

Donate before March 31st and have your donation matched by this incredible organization!

Yosemite National Park Updates

  • Big Oak Flat Road Traffic Delays | On January 14and 15 (Thursday and Friday) between 9AM and 5PM there will be intermittent 15 minute delays on the Big Oak Flat Road at the Longest Tunnel. For these two days a crew will be evaluating the lights and power systems in this northern most (longest) tunnel on the Big Oak Flat Road. For more information contact Michael Pieper at 200-1131
  • El Portal Road Traffic Control |Work on the NPS-owned 70kV transmission line will take place January 13 - March 12 along El Portal Road from the park boundary to the powerhouse. This requires intermittent traffic control 0700-1600 Monday through Friday (no holidays) no longer than 10 min. Please plan accordingly.
  • Bridalveil Fall Parking Lot | The Bridalveil Fall parking lot and trails are closed to visitation to allow for ongoing rehabilitation work. NPS crews are currently constructing a new accessible trail and making other trail and site repairs. Contractor work consisting of utility upgrades and parking lot and bus platform improvements will begin later this summer and will continue through May 2021. 
  • Badger Pass Nordic Opened Thursday | As of 9:00am on Thursday, December 31, the Badger Pass area is accessible for winter recreation and Nordic use. All Yosemite Hospitality services are closed. The Glacier Point Road is accessible for Nordic use as usual, but grooming will be intermittent and rough. Temporary restrooms and trash disposal is available in the parking lot. Please recreate safely and responsibly. 
  • Day Use Visitation Hours | Yosemite is still open for visitors from 8am - 5pm each day. No overnight camping available.
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