May 12, 2020
Here we come Week 9 of SIP and we are ready! While the reopening of our Town might take a little longer than it will in other counties and in other states, we are preparing. We have had zoom calls with our local merchants and our restaurants to review all the safety protocols that will be expected.

Certain words have aptly described this pandemic - unprecedented, scary, uncharted, challenging, unparalleled, unnerving, unbelievable -- choose the one that best fits how you feel about it.

During these last few weeks, I have realized that we all view the world and react to things a little differently. We will continue to feel differently as we move into this "recovery phase". Still, we can be united in our desire to reopen the Los Gatos economy as safely as possible. We can be united in having compassion and respect for others. Some may choose to follow every rule, and some may choose to bend the rules here and there. Some may jump back in all the way and some may hang back. Now is not the time to judge or complain, rather it is the time to have healthy discussions, to support each other and to respect each individual's point of view. If we have learned anything anything during this crisis, may it be that we understand we all have a part to play in what is next to come.
Small Business Town Hall with
State Treasurer Fiona Ma
Impacted by COVID-19? Sergio Lopez, a  Campbell community leader and small business owner, is  hosting a virtual Small Business Town Hall with State Treasurer Fiona Ma. State Treasurer Ma's office has compiled a valuable list of resources, which she wants to be sure reaches small businesses in the West Valley. She will answer your questions and help you get the resources you need.  She is also providing help with no-interest loans that you may not be aware of.
Patronize your local businesses!
The impact of this virus is devastating on our local economy. While you are home sheltering in place, please patronize your local businesses:
  • Get takeout or delivery at our local restaurants.
  • Support our amazing merchants by going to their online stores. Call or email the owner, many are doing virtual tours through their stores!
The most current information is always on the Chamber website. Click the links below to find out what businesses are open for business - either virtually or open as essential services.
Don't forget Lester Square...
The restaurants at Lester Square are all open for takeout and delivery.
11:30am-8pm, Daily
12-7:30 PM, Daily
6am - 4pm, Daily
Limited to 20 registrants. 
Virtual Networking Mixer
Thursday, May 14 at 5pm
Join us via Zoom for a Virtual Networking Mixer! One of our greatest strengths as a Chamber of Commerce is connecting the business community. We can still connect and network - even though we can't do it in person!
Shop LG Local Raffle
2 Winners Each Week
Support a local business and get a chance to win gift cards to other (or the same!) Los Gatos businesses! We can't wait to see all of your entries.

How to Enter:
  1. Purchase items or services from a local Los Gatos business or get takeout/delivery from a Los Gatos restaurant.
  2. Either post a photo of you holding your purchase to Instagram, add the hashtag #wegotthislg, and tag the Chamber (@losgatoschamber) and the business. (Private accounts, DM us a screenshot of your post!)
  3. OR - not on Instagram? Send a copy of your receipt to chamber@losgatoschamber.com
Los Gatos Library Sidewalk Art Contest
Show us your sidewalk chalk art! 🎨 Post a photo of your sidewalk chalk artwork, and share to Instagram with the hashtag# #LGsidewalkchalk . On June 1st, Mayor Jensen will pick a winner who will win a gift card to a local Los Gatos business!
Embodied Recovery
Social/ Emotional Health Sessions
Digital Marketing Workshops
While you are sheltering in place, now is a great time to learn about digital marketing. Sofya Elperin-Smirvov is an expert in small business marketing. Sofya offers digital marketing training, consulting and full marketing management. She is an expert in paid search ads, email marketing, social media, content creation, website optimization and all digital and traditional marketing channels.
Below are a few webinars that she is presenting. Take advantage of these opportunities.

Creating High-Quality Marketing Graphics with Canva - Friday, May 15, 11am-12pm - FREE
  • Design your own marketing & content graphics
  • Learn about free graphic design tools such as Canva, which allows you to create quick and easy, high quality marketing material.
  • Learn to utilize these tools accross all your digital channels.

Create a Business Marketing Plan - Friday, May 15th, 1- 2:30p -$20
  • Learn how to create your own Marketing Plan.
  • What digital marketing channels should you use?
  • What is your budget per month/year?
  • What is your brand/mission?

Facebook Ads (Intermediate) - Friday, May 22nd, 1-2pm - $20
This is the follow-up to the Beginner level Facebook Ads workshops. You will learn:
  • Custom/ lookalike Audiences
  • Tracking pixels
  • Deeper analysis
  • And more...

Registration require for all webinars
2020 Census - Shape Your Future
Just a reminder to complete the Census 2020 - if you haven't done so already.

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts every resident in the nation. A complete and accurate count is essential because the data collected determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, and is also used to distribute billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities. More than 70 federal programs, including education, health, and transportation, use Census numbers as part of their funding formulas.

Be counted! Make sure Santa Clara County and California receives our fair share of federal funds.
Town of Los Gatos website
The Town of Los Gatos has compiled a very comprehensive page of Covid-19 messages and resources. It outlines how all the Town departments are functioning throughout this crisis. In addition, it has resources for businesses and individuals, as well as ways you can volunteer.
Coronavirus Update
For the latest updates, please visit Santa Clara County Public Health.
Resources For Individuals
For Business Resources go to the Chamber website
  1. The Order and Appendices, effective May 4
  2. The Health Officer Indicators
  3. Press Statement
Facebook Live Public Health Briefings The Public Health Department continues to provide Santa Clara County residents with informational updates each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:00 a.m. on its  Facebook Page
Extension of the COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place Order : Deputy County Executive David Campos talks with County Counsel James Williams about some of the top questions and concerns related to the latest Shelter in Place Order.
Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange   - bikes for essential workers in need of transportation during shelter in place. The program accepts bikes that are ready-to-ride or need minor repairs and gives them to essential workers who need a bike but can’t afford one. Interested residents can sign up as a recipient, donor, or volunteer  here .  
FAQs about the Local Health Officer Shelter in Place Order
  1. Shelter in Place FAQ-English
  2. Shelter in Place FAQ-Chinese
  3. Shelter in Place FAQ-Spanish
  4. Shelter in Place FAQ-Vietnamese
  5. Shelter in Place FAQ-Tagalog 
Any business, faith, nonprofit, labor or community leader with questions should contact  cboliaison@eoc.sccgov.org .
#FeedTheNeed
Alex Hult, owner and founder of Flights Restaurants, immediately reacted to shelter-in-place order across the Bay Area in the wake of the national crisis. He wanted to keep his employees and other restaurant workers in Los Gatos employed, so began #FeedtheNeedBayArea.
#FEEDtheNEEDBAYAREA  is an community-driven emergency fund to provide immediate economic relief to the most vulnerable citizens in the Los Gatos area, including seniors, displaced Los Gatos employees and medical workers at our local hospitals. This effort is a partnership with the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce and Live Oak Senior Nutrition and Service Center.

With the help of your donations, our team of volunteers, neighboring restaurants, and community agencies provides FREE hot meals to local non-profit agencies, local hospitals, shut-in senior citizens, and low-income families in the Los Gatos area.

#FEEDtheNEEDBAYAREA  allows Los Gatos restaurants keep a portion of their staff employed by preparing meals at a flat rate. 

DONATE NOW:   Every $10 donation = 1 hot meal for someone in need. 

Donations can also be mailed to Los Gatos Chamber Hospitality Fund, 10 Station Way, Los Gatos, CA 95030

Thank you for helping us #FeedTheNeed.
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