Hafa Adai Members,

We continue to serve you during PCOR1. There are a number of events next week that will benefit you, your company and your employees. As almost all of us are teleworking from home, please feel free to share this information so more can take advantage of these upcoming events.

We will continue our Member Roll Call so please do send us your updates and information in the next few days and we will be sure to share it with the entire membership.

We had sent updates to you earlier today regarding the Governor's Executive Order 2020-28 and DPHSS Guidance Memo 2020-34. We hope that the information has been helpful as you plan the operations of your business in the coming days and weeks.

We are always interested in hearing your thoughts and concerns, most especially during these most challenging times. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us:

  • Catherine Castro: ccastro@guamchamber.com.gu
  • Jaclyn Suzuki: jackie@guamchamber.com.gu
  • Rebekah Mendiola: rebekah@guamchamber.com.gu

We look forward to seeing you participate in one or all of the virtual events next week.

Have a restful weekend!

Onward together,

Catherine Castro
President
IMPORTANT UPDATE

CONGRESSIONAL FORUM
Wednesday, August 26

With the recent change of Guam's status to PCOR1 the Chamber will have to make changes in our format to be an entirely virtual event. As such, we are now changing the date of the forum to Wednesday, August 26th to allow us time to work on virtual format logistics.

If you have made in-person reservations, your Chamber Team will contact you regarding your RSVP and your virtual participation. Thank you for your understanding.
NEW Date:
Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Time:
10:00 a.m.

Cost: No Fee

Virtual Platform: GoToWebinar
Si Yu'os Ma'åse to our event sponsors!
GYP logo
The New Normal:
How Taking a Disciplined Approach to Investing Can Help You Prepare for What’s Next.
Webinar on Friday, August 28th

When: Friday, August 28, 2020, 10:00 a.m.
Cost: Free (Registration Required)
Exclusive to GYP Members

Webinar Details:
Upon registration, a GoToWebinar link will be sent to you for your participation.
Access is available via your Mac, PC or a mobile device
Guest Speaker:
David Beaver, CIMA®, CPWA®, CPM®
First Vice President
Wealth Management Advisor Portfolio Manager
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.
Chamber Member Roll Call
We would like to hear from you! If your company is open, temporarily closed or other status. Tag us on social media posts and we will be happy to share with the membership!

Please email: Rebekah@GuamChamber.com.gu to be included into the next Roll Call!
YOUR CHAMBER IN THE NEWS
Marianas Business Journal
Q&A with Chairwoman of the Board, Christine Baleto
The Point Radio Show
with Ray Gibson
featuring Chairwoman Christine Baleto & Catherine Castro, Chamber President
The Link/ In Full Zoom
with Nestor Licanto
featuring Chairwoman of the Board, Christine Baleto,
Jeffrey Jones, Triple J Enterprises, Monte Mesa, GPO,
John Taitano, Java Junction & Jay Dewan, Port of Mocha
GOVERNMENT UPDATES
GVB's Industry Recovery Update
GDOL Update
For Immediate Release
Aug. 21, 2020

In compliance with the Governor of Guam’s Executive Order 2020-28, the Guam Department of Labor has closed down in-office operations, including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. This will be in effect from noon Friday, Aug. 21 through noon Friday, Aug. 28 as mandated by the order unless extended by the governor.

GDOL and PUA staff will continue to telework at a limited capacity and claimants may receive phone calls and/or emails from staff working to solve outstanding issues on individual applications.

The library processing centers will remain closed as the island is in Pandemic Condition of Readiness
1. Additionally all of Labor’s 311 operations will be suspended until the department is able to reopen. People may still contact the department through email at pua.hotline@dol.guam.gov.

“I want to let the public know that the Department of Administration has assured me batches of
payments will continue to move forward, both direct deposits and paper checks,” said Department of Labor Director David Dell’Isola. “The online system will also continue to operate — hireguam.com.
Applicants can still apply and file weekly claims from home.”

Those whose income has been affected because of the COVID executive order and quarantine should be eligible for unemployment assistance, and can try to file online.

Updated Report on the SBA EIDL Approvals
Guam Election Commission
In-office absentee voting has been suspended. Stay up to date with the Guam Election Commission by visiting their website.
GEDA's Pandemic Assistance Grant Program
Attention Small Businesses!
GEDA still has a significant amount of funds available to assist your company if you meet the grant criteria. Guam Businesses that have experienced business interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for this program. GEDA is using the US SBA Small Business size standards to determine "small business."
BUSINESS INTERRUPTION
Business Interruption is the reduction in gross receipts of 25% or more between the month ending April 2020 and the average monthly Annual or Annualized (if actual months operations is less than 12 months) gross receipts between the months ending March 2019 through February 2020.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
  • Business maintains a current Guam Business License*
  • Business files income taxes on Guam
  • Business was in operation on or before October 1, 2019
  • Business must have experienced business interruption as defined above.

Note that GEDA will not email your company to solicit your participation. Any business interested in participating in this grant opportunity must visit GEDA's website and apply directly online. The funding will may not be available for long so take advantage of this opportunity today by clicking here for GEDA's website.

COMMUNITY UPDATES
Junior Achievement Guam
JA Asia Pacific & JA Guam brings 17 student companies from 11 locations in first ever “virtual” JA Asia Pacific Company of the Year Virtual Competition. Read more about it here.
Guam Chamber of Commerce
472-6311
info@GuamChamber.com.gu