COVID-19 Helpful Information
CHAMBER VIRTUAL CHECK-IN WITH JAMES GORE
James Gore, our 4th District Sonoma County Supervisor, will hold a virtual meeting, in conjunction with the Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce, at 9:00 am THIS Friday, May 15th.
If you would like to register click on this link and sign in with your email (we hope that this is open to everyone):
EDB BUSINESS CHECKLIST–MITIGATION MEASURES
This link will take you to a 15-page pdf checklist supplied by the Sonoma County EDB, and the County of Sonoma, with both general information for reopening businesses, as well as specific information for the Hotels & Hospitality, Construction, Manufacturing, and Restaurants & Retail industries,
EDB WEBINAR ON NAVIGATING THROUGH THE IMPACTS OF COVID-19
This webinar from the Economic Development Board for Sonoma County Businesses will be held May 7, 2020, at 9:00am. To Register go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4rS0nSfKSzalXe3lUNdiVg
As this webinar has ended, there is a suggestion to contact Lauren Cartwright at the EDB. There may be a recorded version of the broadcast. Her email is Lauren.Cartwright@sonoma-county.org
THERE WILL BE NEW VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MEETINGS ON MAY 12
The NorCal Public Media Virtual Town Hall meeting in English will be Tuesday, May 12, 2020, from 7-8pm on various outlets
The NorCal Public Media Virtual Town Hall meeting in Spanish will be Tuesday, May 12, 2020, simulcast on La Mejor 104.1 FM
For a list of English broadcast outlets and more details go HERE
THE CURRENT SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER
As of this week, the Shelter In Place Order C19-03 has been updated and extended beyond May 3, 2020. Among the current instructions, all persons are required to wear facial coverings before they enter any indoor facility besides their residence, any enclosed open space, or while outdoors when you are unable to maintain a six-foot distance form another person at all times. Access to some parks and recreation areas has now been restored for those who can walk or bicycle to the park, or for those with disabilities. Parking lots will remain closed. For other changes to the current order, please check the SoCoEmergency link below for the latest updates. Information can change weekly.
GENERAL INFO ON COVID-19
Socoemergency.org is a great resource. Find info on what you need to know, info for individuals and households, businesses and the self-employed, mental health and wellness, current alerts, county statistics, and more on their Coronavirus webpage.
VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MEETING
Tuesday, April 7th
7:00 to 8:00 pm
HELP FOR BUSINESSES
Sonoma County EDB
Check the SoCoEmergency resources above, and the Sonoma County Economic Development Board website for everything you need to know for your business, including business assistance, finding employees, and business recovery tools.
Small Business Administration (SBA)
Information on the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance. SBA Express Bridge Loans. SBA Debt Relief, SBA Loan Forgiveness Program, and other SBA Loan options
NOTE 1: According to news reports, these funds have all been allocated at this time. Check back periodically for updates on this and other options.
NOTE 2: If you applied for the EIDL loan on March 29 or earlier OR have a confirmation number that begins with 2, you will need to reapply. For more information on SBA Funding, contact John Degaetano at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4/28/2020–Updated PPP Info:
Paycheck Protection Program Back Online
We’re sure you saw the news, but the applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans are back online — there are new appropriations ($310BN) that kicked in over the weekend. SBA announced that they’d be taking new applications as of 7:30 a.m. today our time. It’s wise to contact the bank with which you have a current relationship about this. More information is here. Another resource is the Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center for more navigational help.
The Federal government also has help for small businesses to aid them in this economic emergency in order to keep employees on the payroll.
Internal Revenue Service
In addition, the IRS has extended the deadline to pay and file FEDERAL Income Tax to July 15, 2020. Use the IRS link for answers to FAs, Guidance, and Tax Help.
Consumer Protection Bureau
Resources for those having trouble paying their bills or meeting financial obligations like Student Loans, Credit Card debt, Auto Loans, and Morgage payments.
Santa Rosa Metro Chamber Grants
Small business emergency grants of up to $2,000 are available through the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber, and coordinated in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sonoma County. Your business must have less than 20 employees, but do not need to be affiliated with the Chamber. To apply or for more information go to:
NOTE: As of 4/16/2020, it seems that these grant monies have all been assigned and they are not taking any more applications at this time. Check back periodically, as they are trying to get donations from the community to fund more assistance grants.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created a printable PDF on Emergency Loans for Small Business in this flyer.
FACEBOOK LIVE VIDEOS
The Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center is holding Facebook Live Video sessions every Tuesday. The English version is at 10 am and it is repeated in Spanish at 11 am. The videos are very informative and have covered EIDL, PPP & Cash Flow Strategies, as well as info for Independent Contractors and the Self-Employed. There is a link to their facebook page, as well as their Videos Page, which lists all of their recent videos.
if your are a California Resident who has been impacted by job loss: https://onwardca.org/
Info on keeping workers, employers, and families safe; plus support services for workers, workers rights and protections, benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19, Unemployment Insurance, Paid Sick Leave information, and Workers Compensation: https://www.labor.ca.gov/coronavirus2019/
Information from the Governor’s office for employers, employees and the entire state including U. S. Small Business Administration guidance and resources, California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank finance programs, California Capital Access Program (for businesses with less than 500 employees) and Cal-OSBA Small Business Assistance and Resources: https://business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019/
The Small Business Finance Center has several programs to support small business, including a Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee, a Jump Start Loan Program and more: https://www.ibank.ca.gov/small-business-finance-center/
The Healdsburg Chamber Issues a Reopening Checklist
Here is the link for a printable pdf checklist to help our businesses before reopening.
There is additional helpful information, that may not appear on our page, on the Healdsburg Chamber’s website here:
The City of Healdsburg has a Loan Program for Healdsburg businesses, only. But there are also additional links and information for business resources on the city’s website here:
State Issued COVID-19 Guidelines for the Hotel and Lodging in the Hospitality Industry
Here is the link for pdf document COVID-19 INDUSTRY GUIDANCE: Hotels & Lodging
There is also a 3-page checklist for Hotel and Lodging Employers here:
There is additional industry guidances at these two links:
Cal OSHA Guidance: https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/coronavirus/Health-Care-General-Industry.html
CDC Guidance for businesses and employers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fspecific-groups%2Fguidance-business-response.html
CDC How to Make Your Own Mask Instructions
In some of the information that comes into the Chamber on a daily basis,
I found this helpful link with an illustrated set of directions for making your own masks–both sew and no-sew versions. Use the links to view or print a pdf version of the instructions.
HELP FOR SENIORS AND AT-RISK INDIVIDUALS
There is also some specific information, for Seniors and At-Risk individuals, on the SoCoEmergency page. It includes who is considered at-risk, what you can do to stay safe, how to assess when to get medical help, etc. There is also a list of grocery stores that are offering special services for Seniors. You may also want to check in with the Healdsburg Senior Center. They have been collecting resources and will do a periodic wellness-check by phone for those who are interested. Call them at 431-3324.
If you missed the information from our Chamber Social Media Strategist, Sheila Jane, on Social Media strategy during the COVID-19 situation, please see her Pep Talk also posted on our website under Business Resources.
Sonoma County Tourism (SCT) has a Partner Coronavirus Toolkit to help those in Tourism related businesses cope with this current situation.
Also from Sonoma County Tourism, there are some special things in the works for those of you in Hospitality related businesses. As May 3rd through 9th is National Travel & Tourism Week, you may want to use some of their suggestions and helps to promote your business NOW for when we are all back in business.
- Reserve your FREE #HospitalityStrong posters HERE
Accent Printing in Partnership with SCT is printing these posters and offering them FREE of charge. They are 11×17 and can be reserved now, with arrangements for contact free pick-up at various locations throughout the county starting next week. Use the link above to reserve yours.
- Also, during National Travel and Tourism Week, SCT is encouraging everyone in the Hospitality sector to light up their business with PInot Purple, the official color of the industry. This is a nationwide effort. If your business or property would like to participate, you get purple gels (for your lights) at not cost by sending your request to Samantha Paull at email@example.com. She will make arrangements with you. If you do not have outdoor lighting that will accommodate the gels, they also have resources for low cost ($15-$35) online purchases of colored floodlights. If you or your business are planning on joining in, please let SCT know, as they are putting together a press release highlighting participants.
You can find out more about National Travel & Tourism week at https://www.ustravel.org/events/national-travel-and-tourism-week
HELP FROM SONOMA COUNTY VINTNERS FOR RESTAURANT/WINERY EMPLOYEES & LOCAL NON-PROFITS
The Sonoma County Vintners Foundation has just announced $1.2 million in aid for Sonoma County in the midst of the Coronavirus Pandemic. The first program is a Winery and Restaurant Employee Assistance program. If you are a furloughed employee of a winery or restaurant, you can apply for financial assistance through Corazón Healdsburg. Interested parties can also donate through their website.
The second program involves $1,060.000 that will be distributed in Community Grants to local non-profits in Sonoma County that focus on literacy & education, health & human services, the environment, and arts & culture. Sonoma County Vintners recognizes that many of the 80 chosen non-profits are in need of immediate funding, due to COVID-19. For more information on the Sonoma County Vintners Foundation programs and a complete list of grant recipients use these links below:
Rapid Economic Recovery Expected After COVID-19 Ends– Article from Travel Pulse