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(Updated 3/30/20 at 2:50pm)

3/31 Chino Valley Leaders on Coronavirus Webinar

Chino Valley Leaders on Coronavirus Webinar every Tuesday from 8:30am to 9:30am
Our confirmed Chino Valley leaders for this Tuesday, March 31 are:
  • US Congresswoman Norma Torres or Representative
  • US Congressman Gil Cisneros or Representative
  • State Senator Ling Ling Chang or Representative
  • State Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez or Representative
  • San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman or Representative
  • Chino Police Chief Wes Simmons
  • Christen Grelling from Health Services Alliance
  • Jennifer Shaw from Southern California Edison
  • Lea Peterson from Southern California Gas Company
To register for the webinar, go here -
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When: Mar 31, 2020 08:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
  Every week on Tue, until May 5, 2020, 6 occurrence(s)
  Mar 31, 2020 08:30 AM
  Apr 7, 2020 08:30 AM
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Topic: Chino Valley Coronavirus Leadership Update
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IEEP COVID-19 Survey:

The Inland Empire Economic Partnership, working with regional economists and researchers from CSU San Bernardino, the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna and others, would like to know the current state and challenges of the
Inland Empire business community.
This information will be used to drive policy decisions at the Federal, State, and local levels that will support our region’s business community throughout the course of the
COVID-19 crisis.
Your individual responses will remain confidential. We would appreciate it if you could respond by
Monday, March 30 at 5pm at the latest.
Helpful Links:

FEMA Offers Ways for Private Sector to Help Fight COVID-19 

Under the White House Coronavirus Task Force’s direction, FEMA, HHS and our federal partners continue to work closely with state, local, tribal and territorial governments in executing a whole-of-government response to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the public. The outpouring of support from the private sector to provide medical supplies and equipment has been tremendous. To help us match the many offers of assistance to the right place, at the right time, and in the right quantity, we ask for your help in ensuring partners know how to connect.    

 

To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please submit a price quote under the COVID-19 PPE and Medical Supplies Request for Quotation. Full details can be found in the solicitation (Updated Notice ID 70FA2020R00000011). This solicitation requires registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) in order to be considered for award, pursuant to applicable regulations and guidelines. Registration information can be found at www.sam.gov. Registration must be “ACTIVE” at the time of award. 

 

If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, please provide us details on what you are offering through our online medical supplies and equipment form athttps://www.fema.gov/covid19offers.

 

If you are interested in doing business with FEMA and supporting the response to COVID-19 with your company’s non-medical goods and/or services, please submit your inquiry to the Department of Homeland Security’s Procurement Action Innovative Response (PAIR) team at DHSIndustryLiaison@hq.dhs.gov.

 

In addition to these avenues to help, licensed healthcare professionals that want to volunteer can get information on eligibility, view credential levels by clinical competency and register with the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals in their state. 

 

If you are a hospital or healthcare provider in need of medical supplies, please contact your state, local, tribal or territory department of public health and/or emergency management agency. Any needs that cannot be met by the state or tribe are then sent to the respective FEMA regional office who are coordinating requirements through the FEMA National Response Coordination Center. FEMA is working with the Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies to fulfill requests and ship supplies as quickly as possible. 

 

Additional ways to help can be found at www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of External Affairs, Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs Division at (202) 646-4500 or at FEMA-Congressional-Affairs@fema.dhs.gov.

A Message from the US Chamber of Commerce: Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide/Checklist

Click this link for the U.S. Chamber’s Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist.  This is the first of a number of resources we are developing to help you connect your members with the resources recently approved by Congress to respond to the ongoing pandemic.

 

As many of you are aware, 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,” the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency.  Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward.

 

Please share the guide digitally with every small business owner and small business employee in your membership (See Sample Text below).  Additionally, if you have access to a printer, take print-outs with you when you pick up food from local restaurants or visit other businesses, and let them know about the availability of assistance through this program.

 

We are working on other materials to help you provide assistance to your members, which  we’ll distribute as they become available.  Additionally, please let us know if you would like us to join any of your calls with your boards, committees, or general membership to discuss the U.S. Chamber’s efforts to respond to the ongoing pandemic.

Governor Newsom Takes Executive Action to Establish a Statewide Moratorium on Evictions

SACRAMEN-­­TO – Governor Gavin Newsom today issued an executive order banning the enforcement of eviction orders for renters affected by COVID-19 through May 31, 2020. The order prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent and prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts. It also requires tenants to declare in writing, no more than seven days after the rent comes due, that the tenant cannot pay all or part of their rent due to COVID-19.

 

The tenant would be required to retain documentation but not required to submit it to the landlord in advance. And the tenant would remain obligated to repay full rent in “a timely manner” and could still face eviction after the enforcement moratorium is lifted. The order takes effect immediately, and provides immediate relief to tenants for whom rent is due on April 1st.

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A Message from Ling Ling Chang on How to Deal with COVID-19 Created Financial/Credit Problems:

 

Many of my constituents have been laid off, had hours reduced or been forced to close a business.  Many won’t be able to pay their bills on time. 

 

I am working hard on policies that will remove obstacles to job creation and full employment so that when the virus is under control, our economy can rebound quickly. I also posted on social media recently a list of employers who were hiring. Please follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for timely updates.

 

Here is some information to help you get through these rough times:

 

Evictions: Governor Newsom issued an executive order that authorized local governments to halt evictions for renters and homeowners. If you have been laid off or had your hours reduced and can’t pay your rent, check with your city or county government and discuss the matter with your landlord or property manager.

 

Credit Cards and Loans: If you are having trouble paying any type of loan, credit card bill, small business loans, commercial real estate loans, or student loan, contact your lender to let ask for relief from scheduled payments.  

 

Auto Loans: If you are having trouble paying your auto loan payments call your lender and explain your situation. The sooner you contact your lender, the more choices the lender may be able to offer you.  

 

Student Loans: Those who have trouble paying your student loans may qualify for a delayed or reduced payment program and should contact their student loan servicer for more information about available options. In addition, the federal government has granted a student loan interest waiver for any borrower that has a federally held student loan. For more information, see the Federal Student Aid.

For additional information, please visit my page dedicated to COVID-19 resources. As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 714-671-9474 or Senator.Chang@sen.ca.gov if we may be of assistance.

A Message from US Congressman Gil Cisneros: CARE Act FAQs & Business Resource Guide from SBDC

This link from the LA Small Business Development Center’s COVID-19 Response Guide is designed to be a practical and effective resource for small business owners to stay informed, plan, and respond to the impact of COVID-19. https://smallbizla.org/covid19-response-guide/

 

We understand that there are still individual questions and concerns that will need to be addressed. Those have not been forgotten, we are working on them.

 

In light of the President signing the CARES Act into law this afternoon, we wanted to pass along some initial information on the provisions in the bill to support small businesses during this difficult time.  We will continue to push out more information as the Administration implements the various provisions and makes funding available.

 

We took copious notes on the questions you raised on the call and will be following up with answers shortly.

 

We hope this helps for now, but let us know if you need anything specific.  Your work on behalf of our community is greatly appreciated by all.

 

 

What support is there for small businesses?

Refundable tax credits are available for private-sector employers that are required to offer coronavirus related paid leave to employees. IRS will be posting information soon on these credits on its website (www.irs.gov), including information on how to obtain advance payment of these credits.

 

The employer side of certain payroll taxes are deferred through the end of 2020. Deferred taxes will not become due until end of 2021 and end of 2022, with 50% of the liability being paid at each date. Any business that does not have a loan forgiven under the new SBA Paycheck Protection Program is eligible for the payroll tax deferral.

 

An employee retention tax credit is available for struggling businesses that are not eligible or choose not to participate in the new SBA Paycheck Protection Program. Any business that has been forced to fully or partially suspend operations, or that has seen a significant drop in revenues is eligible for a 50-percent credit for wages paid to furloughed or reduced-hour employees. For businesses with 100 employees or less, the credit is based on all wages paid, regardless of whether an employee is furloughed. There is an overall limit on wages per employee of $10,000. The credit can be claimed against the business’s quarterly payroll tax liability and is fully refundable to the extent of excess. There will also be options to receive advance payments. Small business owners should lookout for information at IRS.gov and talk to their payroll service provider, as applicable.

 

$350 billion is made available for a new Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The program would provide cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency. If employers maintain their payroll, the loans would be forgiven, which would help workers remain employed, as well as help affected small businesses and our economy to snap-back quicker after the crisis.

 

PPP has a host of attractive features, such as forgiveness of up to 8 weeks of payroll based on employee retention and salary levels, no SBA fees and at least six months of deferral with maximum deferrals of up to a year. Small businesses and other eligible entities will be able to apply if they were harmed by COVID-19 between February 15, 2020 and June 30, 2020. This program is would be retroactive to February 15, 2020, in order to help bring workers who may have already been laid off back onto payrolls. Loans are available through June 30, 2020.

 

$17 billion is available for immediate relief to small businesses with non-disaster SBA loans, in particular 7(a), 504, and microloans. Under it, SBA will cover all loan payments on these SBA loans, including principal, interest, and fees, for six months. This relief will also be available to new borrowers who take out loans within six months of the President signing the bill into law.

 

The CARES Act creates a new SBA Economic Injury Emergency Grant Program. These grants provide an emergency advance of up to $10,000 to small businesses and private non-profits harmed by COVID-19 within three days of applying for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). To access the advance, you must first apply for an EIDL and then request the advance. The advance does not need to be repaid under any circumstance, and may be used to keep employees on payroll, to pay for sick leave, meet increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions, or pay business obligations, including debts, rent and mortgage payments.

 

What type of assistance will independent contractors be eligible for?

Refundable tax credits are available for independent contractors who would have qualified for coronavirus related paid leave if they were employees. IRS will be posting information soon on these credits on its website (www.irs.gov), including information on how to claim these credits.

 

50 percent of certain self-employment taxes are deferred through the end of 2020. Deferred taxes will not become due until end of 2021 and end of 2022, with 50% of the liability being paid at each date.

Independent contractors are also eligible for assistance through the Small Business Administration’s new Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Emergency Grant Program.

 

What assistance is there for nonprofits?

The employer side of certain payroll taxes are deferred through the end of 2020. Deferred taxes will not become due until end of 2021 and end of 2022, with 50% of the liability being paid at each date. Any business that does not have a loan forgiven under the new SBA Paycheck Protection Program is eligible for the payroll tax deferral.

 

Certain tax-exempt organizations that have been forced to fully or partially suspend operations, or that have seen a significant drop in revenues are eligible for a 50-percent credit for wages paid to furloughed or reduced-hour employees. Organizations that participate in the SBA Paycheck Protection Loan Program are not eligible for the credit. For organizations with 100 employees or less, the credit is based on all wages paid, regardless of whether an employee is furloughed. There is an overall limit on wages per employee of $10,000. The credit can be claimed against the organization’s quarterly payroll tax liability and is fully refundable to the extent of excess. There will also be options to receive advance payments.

 

501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, along with small businesses, 501(c)(19) veterans organizations, and tribal businesses, are eligible to apply for the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. Through this program, a nonprofit organization can apply to an SBA-approved lender for a loan of up to 250% of your average monthly payroll costs to cover eight weeks of payroll as well as help with other expenses like rent, mortgage payments, and utilities. The maximum loan amount is $10 million. This loan can be forgiven based on maintaining employee and salary levels. For any portion of the loan that is not forgiven, the terms include a maximum term of 10 years, a maximum interest rate of 4 percent. Nonprofit organizations will be able to apply if they were harmed by COVID-19 between February 15, 2020 and June 30, 2020. To be eligible, nonprofit organizations must have fewer than 500 employees, or more if SBA’s size standards for the non-profit allows, and comply with the SBA’s affiliation rules for nonprofits. This program is retroactive to February 15, 2020, in order to help bring workers who may have already been laid off back onto payrolls. Loans are available through June 30, 2020.

 

A provision in the CARES package would authorize a program to allow any mid-sized nonprofit between 500 and 10,000 employees to get access to quick, low cost, government guaranteed credit through their local lender or financial institution. These organizations need cash now and so this program is set up to get money quickly in the hands of those who need it in order to preserve workforce during the COVID-19 health emergency.

The Treasury Department and Federal Reserve will have a degree of flexibility in designing the new program, but the expectation is for loan terms to last for no more than five years and to cover up to 100% of payroll over the previous 180 days, or 50% of revenues for the past year, for eligible organizations. Underwriting requirements should be kept simple, based on employer size, creditworthiness as of January 2020, and the ability to produce recent tax returns or audited financial statements. The legislation prescribes that the loans must carry an interest rate of no greater than 2% and to provide forbearance on principal and interest for at least the first 6 months. Borrowers will also be required to protect workers. Any loan recipient will have to attest that they’ll use the money to keep workers employed – at least to 90% of their payroll – and keep workers paid at close to full compensation and benefits. Borrowers will also commit to rehiring their workforce back to preexisting levels upon the end of the COVID-19 health emergency.

 

The most efficient way to deliver fast credit to eligible organizations is through existing relationships with local lenders. Under the program, any qualified organization should be able to receive financing at a local bank, credit union, CDFI, or qualified nonbank lender.

 

What types of businesses and entities are eligible for a PPP loan?

  • Businesses and entities must have been in operation on February 15, 2020.
  • Small business concerns, as well as any business concern, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, a 501(c)(19) veterans organization, or Tribal business concern described in section 31(b)(2)(C) that has fewer than 500 employees, or the applicable size standard in number of employees for the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) industry as provided by SBA, if higher.
  • Individuals who operate a sole proprietorship or as an independent contractor and eligible self-employed individuals.
  • Any business concern that employs not more than 500 employees per physical location of the business concern and that is assigned a North American Industry Classification System code beginning with 72, for which the affiliation rules are waived.
  • Affiliation rules are also waived for any business concern operating as a franchise that is assigned a franchise identifier code by the Administration, and company that receives funding through a Small Business Investment Company

 

What are SBA affiliation rules?

Affiliation rules become important when SBA is deciding whether a business’s affiliations preclude them from being considered “small.” Generally, affiliation exists when one business controls or has the power to control another or when a third party (or parties) controls or has the power to control both businesses. Please see this resource for more on these rules and how they can impact your business’s eligibility.

 

What types of non-profits are eligible for the SBA PPP assistance?

In general, 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(19) non-profits with 500 employees or fewer as most non-profit SBA size standards are based on employee count, not revenue.

 

How is the PPP loan size determined?

Depending on your business’s situation, the loan size will be calculated in different ways (see below). The maximum loan size is always $10 million.

  • If you were in business February 15, 2019 – June 30, 2019: Your max loan is equal to 250 percent of your average monthly payroll costs during that time period. If your business employs seasonal workers, you can opt to choose March 1, 2019 as your time period start date.
  • If you were not in business between February 15, 2019 – June 30, 2019: Your max loan is equal to 250 percent of your average monthly payroll costs between January 1, 2020 and February 29, 2020.
  • If you took out an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) between February 15, 2020 and June 30, 2020 and you want to refinance that loan into a PPP loan, you would add the outstanding loan amount to the payroll sum.

 

What costs are eligible for payroll under the PPP?

  • Compensation (salary, wage, commission, or similar compensation, payment of cash tip or equivalent)
  • Payment for vacation, parental, family, medical, or sick leave
  • Allowance for dismissal or separation
  • Payment required for the provisions of group health care benefits, including insurance premiums
  • Payment of any retirement benefit
  • Payment of State or local tax assessed on the compensation of employees

 

What costs are not eligible for payroll under the PPP?

  • Employee/owner compensation over $100,000
  • Taxes imposed or withheld under chapters 21, 22, and 24 of the IRS code
  • Compensation of employees whose principal place of residence is outside of the U.S
  • Qualified sick and family leave for which a credit is allowed under sections 7001 and 7003 of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

 

What are allowable uses of loan proceeds with a PPP loan?

  • Payroll costs (as noted above)
  • Costs related to the continuation of group health care benefits during periods of paid sick, medical, or family leave, and insurance premiums
  • Employee salaries, commissions, or similar compensations (see exclusions above)
  • Payments of interest on any mortgage obligation (which shall not include any prepayment of or payment of principal on a mortgage obligation)
  • Rent (including rent under a lease agreement)
  • Utilities
  • Interest on any other debt obligations that were incurred before the covered period

 

What are the loan term, interest rate, and fees for a PPP loan?

For any amounts not forgiven, the maximum term is 10 years, the maximum interest rate is 4 percent, zero loan fees, zero prepayment fee (SBA will establish application fees caps for lenders that charge).

 

How is the forgiveness amount calculated under PPP?

Forgiveness on a covered loan is equal to the sum of the following payroll costs incurred during the covered 8 week period compared to the previous year or time period, proportionate to maintaining employees and wages (excluding compensation over $100,000):

 

Payroll costs plus any payment of interest on any covered mortgage obligation (not including any prepayment or payment of principal on a covered mortgage obligation) plus any payment on any covered rent obligation plus and any covered utility payment.

 

How do I get forgiveness on my PPP loan?

You must apply through your lender for forgiveness on your loan. In this application, you must include:

  • Documentation verifying the number of employees on payroll and pay rates, including IRS payroll tax filings and State income, payroll and unemployment insurance filings
  • Documentation verifying payments on covered mortgage obligations, lease obligations, and utilities.
  • Certification from a representative of your business or organization that is authorized to certify that the documentation provided is true and that the amount that is being forgiven was used in accordance with the program’s guidelines for use.

 

What happens after the forgiveness period for a PPP loan?

Any loan amounts not forgiven is carried forward as an ongoing loan with max terms of 10 years, at 4% max interest. Principal and interest will continue to be deferred, for a total of 6 months to a year after disbursement of the loan. The clock does not start again.

 

Can I get more than one PPP loan?

No, an entity is limited to one PPP loan. Each loan will be registered under a Taxpayer Identification Number at SBA to prevent multiple loans to the same entity.

 

What kind of lender can I get a PPP loan from?

All current SBA 7(a) lenders are eligible lenders for PPP. The Department of Treasury will also be in charge of authorizing new lenders, including non-bank lenders, to help meet the needs of small business owners.

 

How does the PPP loan coordinate with SBA’s existing loans?

Borrowers may apply for PPP loans and other SBA financial assistance, including Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs), 7(a) loans, 504 loans, and microloans, and also receive investment capital from Small Business Investment Corporations (SBICs).

 

How does the PPP loan work with the temporary Emergency Economic Injury Grants and the Small Business Debt Relief program?

Emergency Economic Injury Grant recipients and those who receive loan payment relief through the Small Business Debt Relief Program may apply for and take out a PPP loan. Refer to those sections for more information.

 

SBA's OC/IE Deputy Director, Christopher Lorenzana. He can be reached at: Christopher.Lorenzana@sba.gov or (714) 560-7453

A Message from Curt Hagman: COVID-19 Screening Tool

Dear Fourth District Residents and Community Leaders,

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the White House, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have partnered together to bring you the COVID-19 app.

The COVID-19 app has up-to-date information from trusted sources about the Coronavirus disease that is impacting people across the world.

It also has a screening tool so you can find out what you should do now for yourself or for a loved one. And it gives you access to resources you may need to feel supported and informed.

Download it now in the App Store or visit the website from any computer or mobile device.

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Click on Image to Access Website

This outbreak emphasizes the importance of taking action to slow the spread of this disease:

  • Stay home as much as you can
  • Avoid unnecessary contact with others
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Practice good hygiene
  • Continue to work together as good neighbors and good citizens

That is what will get us safely to the other side of this pandemic.

The county is also working closely with each of your mayors, school districts, police departments, and other local leaders to address this crisis.

The issues we are working on include:

  • Adherence to public health orders
  • Assistance to the businesses, the unemployed, and the poor
  • And sheltering of the homeless

Stay tuned for further updates.

Stay well, and be safe.

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County Superintendent Alejandre's COVID-19 Video Message

County Superintendent Alejandre's COVID-19 Message

Click here to watch the video - https://youtu.be/nYiDbNDpn_4

(Updated 3/27/20 at 11:28am)

Facebook Video from Chino Hills Mayor and Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Art Bennett

Chino Hills Mayor Art Bennett on the Coronvirus

Facebook Video from Chino Mayor Eunice Ulloa

City of Chino Mayor Eunice Ulloa on the Coronavirus
Facebook Video from Chino City Manager Matt Ballantyne
A Message from City Manager Matt Ballantyne on the Coronavirus

San Bernardino County Public Health Dashboard

San Bernardino County Public Health now has a dashboard with stats on there website. It's a great resource for county COVID-19 figures. Also on the site is a link to request a testing appointment.
Here is the link to the dashboard - http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/

A Message and Resource Guide from Southern California Edison

“As an essential service provider and a member of the community, we remain committed to the health, safety and well-being of customers and employees, and will support those who need it the most during these unprecedented times,” said Pedro Pizarro, president and CEO of Edison International.

I want to let you know…

Edison has pledged to donate $1 million to various non-profits.

Edison International has donated $500,000 to five Southern California nonprofits.

These five nonprofits will receive $100,000 each to help customers facing food insecurity, a situation amplified by the current coronavirus emergency:

In addition to the food banks, Edison International also donated $150,000 to the California Community Foundation's COVID-19 LA County Response Fund- Opens in new window. The company's $1 million pledge to COVID-19 relief efforts will support its employee contributions by matching their donations up to $250,000.

https://energized.edison.com/stories/food-banks-get-donation-boost-during-covid-19-emergency-restrictions

 

Bill Pay Support

We are suspending service disconnections for nonpayment and waiving late fees for residential and business customers impacted by COVID-19. We also encourage customers who are having trouble paying their bills to contact the SCE Customer Contact Center to discuss payment extensions or arrangements. For more information, visit sce.com/billhelp.

Other resources that can help you:

https://energized.edison.com/stories/resources-to-help-manage-your-bill-during-covid-19-emergency-restrictions

 

Non-critical Power Outages Postponement

We understand that many people and families are responsibly staying home to prevent the spread of the virus, based on Gov. Newsom’s “Safer at Home” order.

To support our customers and prevent larger outages from occurring in the future, critical work is being performed to address emergency and public safety issues such as wildfire mitigation or areas where we’ve determined equipment is near failure, even as we postpone less urgent upgrades. Our teams are working to reduce the impact of critical work as much as possible.

During these difficult times, only outages necessary to reduce public safety and wildfire risk will go forward. Non-critical work is being postponed, and each outage is being evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Any decision to proceed is not taken lightly. Thank you for your support as we work to keep our communities safe.

https://energized.edison.com/stories/electric-service-remains-safe-and-reliable-during-covid-19-emergency-restrictions

 

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

https://www.sba.gov/coronavirus

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

 

State of California – Governor’s Office – Small Business Resources

https://business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019/

 

Los Angeles County

https://www.laedc.org/coronavirus/

 

San Bernardino County

https://www.selectsbcounty.com/major-initiatives/covid-19

 

Riverside County

https://rivcoccsd.org/covidbizhelp

 

SCE Response to COVID-19 Video

SCE COVID-19 Response Video

Watch the video - https://players.brightcove.net/979328848001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6142399577001&et_cid=20200318_COVID&et_rid=557352728

South Coast AQMD Expediting Permit Press Release

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) understands many businesses and organizations are changing operations or repurposing efforts to aid in supply issues in response to COVID-19. The South Cost AQMD has a Press Release regarding expediting permits to aid COVID-19 efforts (click link).

Announcement from Inland Empire Utilities Agency

IEUA Can it be flushed?

How Small Businesses Will Benefit from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act by the US Chamber

https://www.uschamber.com/article/how-small-businesses-will-benefit-the-coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-cares-act

Tax Day Now July 15

The deadlines to FILE and PAY federal income taxes are extended to July 15, 2020. Visit the IRS Website to learn more -https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus

Public Health to Hold Drive-Through Testing

 

Press Release by San Bernardino County

http://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=5686

 

Second Death Associated with COVID-19 Recorded Within County

Press Release by San Bernardino County

http://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=5680

 

(Updated 3/25/20 at 4:40pm)

Chino Valley Leadership Webinar Video on the Coronavirus 3/24/20

Our Chino Valley Leadership Webinar on the Coronavirus filmed on 3/24 at 8:30am had panelists:

Watch the video to learn how Chino Valley leaders and organizations are addressing the coronavirus. Feel free to ask questions.

Watch the video: https://youtu.be/1Uy1QQhfXm4

 

Coronavirus Update Page Links

City of Chino - What COVID-19 Means for Business

Chino Valley Fire District - COVID-19 Information

Inland Empire Economic Partnership - Slippin’ Into Darkness: When Will We See the Light at the End of the Tunnel?

San Bernardino County - COVID-19 Press Conference Video 

San Bernardino County - First Death Associated with COVID-19 Recorded within County

San Bernardino County - 31 Cases of Novel Coronavirus Recorded within County

Southern California Gas Company / Sempra Energy Foundation - COVID-19 Nonprofit Hardship Fund

 

COVID-19: United States Department of Labor : Families First Coronavirus Response Act : USDOL FFCRA Guidance

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published its first round of implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).   The guidance addresses critical questions such as:

  • How does an employer count its number of employees to determine coverage?
  • How can small businesses obtain an exemption?
  • How does an employer count hours for part-time employees?
  • How does an employer calculate wages employees are entitled to under the FFCRA?

The initial WHD guidance is available in three-parts:

Workforce Development Board: 2020 COVID-19 HR WEBINARS

San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board has partnered with California Employers Association to provide employers in San Bernardino County with access to these workshops.

Workforce Development Board 2020 COVID-19 HR WEBINARS

Funding updates for Inland Empire small businesses impacted by COVID-19

Thursday, March 26, 2020
3:30 PM (PDT)Register today for this free webinar!

As developments continue to unfold in response to the spread of COVID-19, many Inland Empire small businesses have questions about funding options to help bolster their businesses during this difficult time.

Please join Small Business Majority, the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce and CDC Small Business Finance for a free and interactive presentation on the current small business funding landscape and funding options to help entrepreneurs and small business owners in California.

Topics of discussion include:

  • Updates on Inland Empire region, state and federal assistance available to small businesses
  • Small Business Development Center updates, including SBA Disaster Assistance Loans for businesses being impacted by COVID-19
  • An overview of Covered California and deadline extension
  • An overview of alternative lending options including microloans, SBA's loan guarantee program, community banks, credit unions and CDFIs, reputable online lenders and crowdfunding
  • How to avoid predatory lenders and the Small Business Borrowers' Bill of Rights
  • Updates on federal policy proposals and our recommendations to immediately help small businesses
  • Venturize and other helpful tools and resources, Q&A

Speakers:

Paul GranilloPaul Granillo
President/CEO 
Inland Empire Economic Partnership
Paul NoltaPaul Nolta
Assistant Director
Inland Empire Small Business Development Center
Pepi JacksonPepi Jackson
President
Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce
April LewisApril Lewis
Loan Officer
CDC Small Business Finance
Mark HerbertMark Herbert
VP, California
Small Business Majority

County of San Bernardino COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment

Due to the current state of emergency in San Bernardino County, the County is in need of personal protective equipment.  We are reaching out to our vendor community for this need.  We have established the request form below for all willing and able vendors to respond.  Please follow the link below to fill out the request form.

We thank you for your assistance in this time of need,

The County of San Bernardino Purchasing Department

PPE Request Form

Please note, for purchases directly related to this emergency where items are in short supply, we have waived certain competitive requirements.  To the best of our ability, the San Bernardino County Purchasing Department will maintain a competitive process when available. 

IEEP COVID-19 Business Survey

The Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP), working with regional economists and researchers from CSU San Bernardino, the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College and others, has put together an employer survey to get a frontline understanding of the current state and challenges facing businesses in the Inland Empire. This information will be used to drive policy decisions at the Federal, State, and local levels that will support our region's business community throughout the course of this crisis.

All individual responses will remain confidential.   We would appreciate it if you could share the survey with your members.  The deadline to respond to the survey is Monday, March 30. We will present the findings once the survey has concluded.

Survey Link: http://csusb.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3t6Q4mw3jTyEVIp

(Updated 3/23/20 at 5:13pm)

Chino Valley Leadership Webinar on the Coronavirus

We got such great feedback from the Webinar we did last week on the Coronavirus to update Chino Valley businesses that we've decided to do it on a weekly basis.

Every Tuesday from 8:30am to 9:30am we will try to gather leaders from across the Chino Valley to help inform our businesses and the community about the Coronavirus and its impacts.

Confirmed participants for tomorrow include Chino Police Chief Wes Simmons, Los Angeles Regional Census Center Partnership Specialist Renay Sehgal Mehta, Inland Empire Utilities Agency Director Steve Elie and we are awaiting responses from several more.

To register for the webinar tomorrow, go here

Hi there,

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Mar 24, 2020 08:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Tue, until May 5, 2020, 7 occurrence(s)
Mar 24, 2020 08:30 AM
Mar 31, 2020 08:30 AM
Apr 7, 2020 08:30 AM
Apr 14, 2020 08:30 AM
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California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development

Given the quickly changing circumstances, we here at GO-Biz want to ensure that you are fully aware of Governor Newsom's most recent announcements. A helpful resource, which is regularly updated, is the newly established one-stop website: covid19.ca.gov. There you will find information including:

  • Governor Newsom issued a stay at home order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Read the order here.
  • The order identifies certain services as essential. These services can continue despite the stay at home order. Read the full guidance here.
  • Governor Newsom issued an executive order to permit vote-by-mail procedures to be used in three upcoming special elections, protecting public health and safety during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more here.
  • Franchise Tax Board extends filing and payment deadline for all California taxpayers until July 15, 2020, due to COVID-19. Read more here.
  • Guidance from the Alcoholic Beverage Control to licensees on limitations of on-sale privileges. Read more here.

Along with that, we would like to remind you that GO-Biz has shared an FAQ for our small businesses. You can find that information here under our COVID-19 resources page, which includes helpful resources for businesses.

Please share this updated guidance and resources with your members. For the latest information from CDPH, visit this website. Again, we greatly appreciate your partnership at this time and in the future. Please reach out to us with any concerns or questions you may have.

Eight new cases of novel coronavirus recorded within county

San Bernardino County today reported eight new cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The county now has a total of 17 confirmed cases and no deaths attributable to the disease.

The county reported its first case on Sunday, March 15. Additional cases have been expected to emerge as more test results are reported to the County.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the State Public Health Officer on Thursday issued a statewide stay-at-home order with exceptions for essential tasks and services. See details here: covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs.

“Complying with public health orders is essential to our continued health and safety,” said Acting County Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson. “These orders are not intended to spark panic, but rather reduce the  spread of infection and minimize the number of people who get sick at any one time to keep our healthcare system functioning.”

“There is a fairly even distribution of cases throughout our county. No one should assume the virus is not present in their community. We  must presume and behave as if the virus is everywhere,” Dr. Gustafson said.

The Acting County Health Officer and the Board of Supervisors have declared a local health emergency to help ensure county government and the public are prepared and allow flexibility in response. Various  county departments and agencies are working together and in partnership with cities, schools, and the business and nonprofit communities to ensure an effective response.

As with any virus, especially during the cold and flu season, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your health and those around you:

  • People experiencing symptoms of contagious illness  should seek medical guidance.
  • Persons  aged 65 years and older and persons of any age with certain underlying health conditions are at increased risk should they contract COVID-19 and are encouraged to self-quarantine.
  • Wash hands with soap  and warm water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching eyes,  nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect  frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • N95 masks are not recommended outside a healthcare  setting. Surgical masks can be worn by sick individuals to reduce the likelihood of spreading germs to others.

For information about the coronavirus crisis, visit the County’s coronavirus website at wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus.  New information and resources have been added and the site is being updated daily. The public can also contact the coronavirus public information line from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (909) 387-3911,  or email the County at coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov.

CalChamber Statement on Governor’s New Essential Business Directives

https://calchamberalert.com/2020/03/21/calchamber-statement-on-governors-new-essential-business-directives/

Attorney General Becerra Issues Consumer Alert Regarding False Advertising Related to Coronavirus

Good afternoon business leaders,

In response to the statewide public health emergency declaration as a result of the novel coronavirus in California, Attorney General Xavier Becerra has issued a consumer and price gouging alert across the state.

Attorney General Becerra reminds all Californians to be mindful of any products or services that falsely claim to treat, diagnose, prevent, or cure COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, nor is there a medicine that treats or cures coronavirus. California’s consumer protection laws — including the Unfair Competition Law, False Advertising Law and Consumers Legal Remedies Act — prohibit false, deceptive, or misleading advertising, including any advertising that explicitly claims or implies that a product treats the coronavirus.

Price gauging is also illegal in California during the declared state of emergency under Penal Code Section 396. California law generally prohibits charging a price that exceeds, by more than 10 percent, the price of an item before a state or local declaration of emergency. Violators of the price gouging statute are subject to criminal prosecution that can result in a one-year imprisonment in county jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000. Violators are also subject to civil enforcement actions including civil penalties of up to $2,500 per violation, injunctive relief, and mandatory restitution. The Attorney General and local district attorneys can enforce the statute.

To report price gouging or consumer fraud, you can:

For additional updates on coronavirus preparedness, please visit the websites of the California Department of Public HealthOffice of Governor Gavin Newsom, and Office of Emergency Services. Lastly, the Office of Treasurer Fiona Ma has also compiled a list of resources available to small businesses impacted by COVID-19:http://bit.ly/stosmallbizlist.

Defending Against COVID-19 Cyber Scams

Over the past few days the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce has been approached with scams including emails that look like they come from me encouraging employees to buy gift cards.

Read this article to learn how to protect yourself.

In our continued partnership with the Department of Homeland Security, and their Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Information Services Department’s Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) receives advisories and alerts to promote security awareness for our workforce.

This advisory warns our workforce to remain vigilant for scams related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  Cyber threat actors may send emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes.

Exercise caution in handling any email with a COVID-19-related subject line, attachment, or hyperlink, and be wary of social media pleas, texts, or calls related to COVID-19.

This cyber advisory is additional information related to the County of San Bernardino’s (County) Postmaster email message of March 2, 2020 titled: County free of coronavirus; Employees urged to take normal precautions.  Our workforce is encourage to remain vigilant and take the following precautions:

  • Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments.  SeeUsing Caution with Email Attachments and Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Scams for more information.
  • Use trusted sources—such as legitimate, government websites—for up-to-date, fact-based information about COVID-19.
  • Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.
  • Verify a charity’s authenticity before making donations.  Review the Federal Trade Commission’s page on Charity Scams for more information.
  • Review the County Public Health Corona Virus website at COVID-19 for more information, or call (909) 387-3911.

Additional information is available at:

County Public Health: http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/

Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

CISA Corona Virus Information: https://www.cisa.gov/coronavirus

CISA Risk Publication:  Risk Management for Novel Coronavirus

Chino Manufacturers Helping with Supplies

Thank you to Chino Manufacturers who have already stepped up to start producing needed medical supplies and ventilators:

  • Diamond Wipes (Chamber Member)
  • PakLabs
  • IRP Group
  • SDM Plastics

If you know of any manufacturing companies that can help produce needed medical supplies and/or ventilators, please contact Sol Guerra from US Congresswoman Norma Torres' office at marisol.guerra@mail.house.gov

Walmart Hiring 7,000 Workers

The link to apply to the Fulfillment Center positions is https://www.walmartcareers.com/ecomflexible/.  This site has all of the information about Walmart Fulfillment Centers and the positions available.

They are also offering $2 more an hour until June 5th.

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(Updated 3/20/20 at 3:50pm)

Apply for Disaster Assistance

Apply for Disaster Assistance from the Small Business Administration (SBA) - https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low- interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration. 

Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available statewide to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with the state’s or territory’s Governor to submit the request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance. 

Once a declaration is made, the information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be made available to affected small businesses within the state. 

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. 

These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%. 

SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay. 

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible. 

For additional information, please visit SBA.gov/disaster

For questions, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov

Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19

We've received numerous calls as to what is considered critical infrastructure. There are also different government agencies applying different restrictions so there is a lot of confusion. This information was put together by the US Department of Homeland Security

https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19

U.S. Chamber Summary of Families First Coronavirus Response Act

https://www.uschamber.com/issue-brief/summary-of-latest-congressional-action-coronavirus-response

Updates from Chris Kennedy, Economic Development Manager at City of Chino

The City of Chino is following the Governor's directive and hopes that citizens and businesses will do the same.  There are no enforcement programs in effect, but local government is trusting businesses to do what is right for their employees and the region.

Below are programs through the state and government that may assist you and your employees at this time.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Disaster Loan Assistance https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers  https://www.labor.ca.gov/Coronavirus2019/

WATCH: Gov. Gavin Newsom Orders ALL Californians to Stay at Home

Watch the video - https://youtu.be/yWO73FX6E38

Employer Resources from CVCC Board Member Christina Gagnier

Our firm has created a few resources for employers that may be helpful for our members. I just wanted to share:

 

(Updated 3/19/20 at 3:55pm)

Announcement from GO-Biz

The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) serves as the State of California's leader for job growth, economic development, and business assistance efforts.

"Given the quickly changing circumstances, we here at GO-Biz want to ensure that you are fully aware of Governor Newsom’s latest announcements, some of which he reiterated tonight during a Facebook Live conversation. This includes:

  • A new one-stop website for COVID-19 resources. Learn how to stay healthy, resources available to Californians including unemployment and paid sick leave, and much more.
  • An executive order for renters and homeowners, which suspends all state laws that would prevent local governments from enacting policies to protect you as a resident or business owner from eviction because of nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19.
  • Following California’s fast-out-of-the-gate and immediate response to the Presidential Emergency Declaration, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. Learn more here.
  • New public health guidance pertaining to food and beverage venues.
  • An executive order to allow timely delivery of vital goods easing restrictions on commercial drivers engaged in support of emergency relief efforts.

Along with that, GO-Biz has shared a new FAQ for our small businesses. You can find that information here under our COVID-19 resources page, which includes helpful resources for businesses."

Small Business Majority Tips and Resources

https://smallbusinessmajority.org/covid-19-daily-updates-for-small-businesses

(Updated 3/18/20 at 4:06pm)

Chino Valley Leaders Video on the Coronavirus

This webinar brought together community leaders from the Chino Valley to educate business owners about the coronavirus in our community. We encourage you watching the video to ask questions by commenting below and we will try and get those answers for you. 
This is our first Digital Business @ Breakfast event which we plan to host every Wednesday from 7:45am to 9am.
The panelists on this webinar included:
Please comment on our video and/or ask questions you'd like answered by the Chamber or our panelists and we will work to get the answers for you.
A copy of the transcript from the chat section of our webinar will be available later today on our website -
Join us this Friday from 11:30am to 1pm for our scheduled Pizza & Politics titled "Come to Your Census" with speaker Cindy Reul, Voter Service Rep.
League of Women Voters - Mt Baldy Area to discuss the census. We hope to have more updates from local legislators in regards to the coronavirus as well.
Join us next week on Wednesday for our Business @ Breakfast from 7:45am to 9am with speaker Jessica Orozco from the Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire - How your company can help grant wishes!
Thank you to our panelists!
Chino Valley Corona Virus Webinar Video with Community Leaders
Subscribe to our YouTube Channel here - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKcxr-VvG_0QHutd39jF7bw

City of Chino Press Release

https://cityofchino.org/news/what_s_new/chino_city_hall_closed_to_the_public

Senator Ling Ling Chang Responds to COVID-19 Response Budget

https://chang.cssrc.us/content/senator-chang-responds-covid-19-response-budget

Do I Still Get Paid? California Employers Facing Tough Questions After Shutdowns Due to COVID-19

Board Member, Christina Gagnier's colleagues put this helpful article for employers and employees - https://www.carltonfields.com/insights/publications/2020/california-employers-questions-shutdowns-covid-19

Helpful Links and Resources:

Please find below information from the U.S. Chamber regarding our efforts with respect to the federal government’s response to the ongoing outbreak and impact on the business community.  Please note the following links:

Small Business Administration Disaster Resources:

U.S. Chamber Resources:

We’re also very pleased that earlier today, the U.S. Senate approved the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” which will provide immediate relief to American workers and families during this challenging time.  For more information about the package, please see our press release issued this afternoon.

Lastly, our advocacy efforts on the federal response are being guided by what we are hearing from our members and state/local chamber partners.  As such, please relay any information to us that you believe we should be aware of as you hear from your members.  This information is extremely helpful to us as we determine where to focus our efforts.

If you have any questions, comments, ideas on ways we can work to support Chino Valley businesses please do not hesitate to email me at ZWelborn@ChinoValleyChamber.com or call my cell (909) 973 - 9089.

 

Sign up for Chino Valley Chamber emails here - https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/2p0lUPc

 

Chino Valley Restaurants Offering Takeout

We are compiling a list of businesses in the Chino Valley offering takeout services.
If you know of restaurants that are offering takeout services, but are not on this list, please have them email Zeb at ZWelborn@ChinoValleyChamber.com

San Bernardino County Workforce Development Resource Page

San Bernardino County Workforce Development has created a resource page for businesses and workforce in San Bernardino County.

The page is here - http://wp.sbcounty.gov/workforce/business-services/resources-available/

We are encouraging our businesses and our community to follow the guidelines presented by the:

(Updated 3/17/20 at 4:11pm)

SoCalGas Announces Suspension of Service Disconnections For Non-Payment as Part of COVID-19 Response

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has announced it has suspended service disconnections, until further notice, for non-payment of service to any customers who are having a hard time paying their gas bills. This is just a part of the company’s COVID-19 response. SoCalGas’s first priority is to our employees and customers and we are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas.

SoCalGas customer service is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. For customers who do not feel comfortable visiting in-person SoCalGas Payment Offices we encourage people to call 1-877-238-0092 to speak with a representative about their bill or go to  SoCalGas.com

SoCalGas goes to great lengths working with customers on making payment arrangements and even more so now during this time of National Emergency when many will face temporary financial challenges.

We understand that our customers may be worried about paying their upcoming natural gas bill.  We want to help ease concerns and continue to provide our 22 million customers the reliable natural gas service people depend on to heat their homes, take hot showers and cook their food.

The President of the United States has declared a National Emergency, the Governor of California has declared a State of Emergency.

“We are all in this together!” and will weather this emergency together as we have done so many others.

(Updated 3/16/20 at 5:43pm)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Resource Guide

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has put together a resource guide for:

Combating the Coronavirus

The guide includes workplace tips for employees, guidance for employers to plan and respond, customizable workplace flyers, preparedness checklists, travel health notices, and guidance for businesses.

Press Release from San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools

School Districts Across San Bernardino County Close Due to COVID-19 

From State Senator Ling Ling Chang's Office:

With the recent COVID-19 news, our office was also notified that several local grocery stores were low in stock of essential food and care items. Unfortunately, consumer stockpiling left many seniors without basic need products.

In effort to provide aid to elders in the community, Senator Chang has launched an Elder Care Collection Drive. We send you this image to share on your organization newsletter, website, or social media pages, in effort to gather donation items which will be distributed to senior serving nonprofits in Senate District 29. Our hope, is that this collection will provide our community an opportunity to join together in a time of great need.

We wish you a safe and healthy season. Please do feel free to reach our office, if you have questions related to the current issues. We will continue operations for the time being to respond and update constituents on emerging news.

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(Updated 3/16/20 at 12:50pm)

The Chamber is proactively working to get you the information, resources and assistance your business needs during this COVID-19 pandemic.

To help businesses like yours we are trying to help out our cities, county, state, and governments to identify the needs of our business community so we can offer assistance as quickly and efficiently as possible.

If you own or operate a business in the Chino Valley please complete this survey --------------------->>> https://forms.gle/MfHDdyhXLKn7RdEo7

If you know of any business in the Chino Valley, please forward this onto them.

The more information we have the better we will be able to support your business and the businesses in our community during this time of economic uncertainty.

It's vital that our businesses communicate the challenges they are facing so we can make sure as much resources are available to businesses in our area.

We also encourage you to sign up for our email newsletter where we will update you on the latest news that affects businesses - https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/2p0lUPc

 

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(Updated 3/13/20 at 4:01pm)

Our #1 goal at the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce is to make sure you have as much information as possible as it becomes available.

We will be compiling resources for you here on this page to make sure you have access to the most up-to-date information as it pertains to your business and handling the coronavirus.

Please sign up for our email list to get the most up-to-date information regarding the coronavirus and businesses in the Chino Valley - https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/2p0lUPc

It's extremely important for the businesses in our community that we continue to conduct business during this time. In some cases, we may need to re-imagine what that looks like.

Our Chamber puts on a lot of in-person events. As a result of the Governor's press conference on Wednesday, we have decided to cancel our Salute to Public Safety.

As for the rest of our events, we plan to continue our weekly Business @ Breakfast events and Quarterly Pizza & Politics event scheduled for March 20 ... online.

We will be letting you know how to participate in these online events via our email list and on social media. Please follow the Chamber and sign up for our email list here - https://business.chinovalleychamberofcommerce.com/form/view/11418

For our businesses, it is important that we come together, continue to conduct business and engage with the Chamber so we can be the voice of business in the Chino Valley.

By engaging with the Chamber we will have the opportunity to identify the needs of our business community and develop resources to help solve those needs.

Your fellow businesses need you to continue to show up and support one another while we work through the challenges presented by COVID-19.

We will be looking at ways to continue to connect businesses while making sure that we are protecting our family, friends and community as best as we can based on the guidelines shared by the California Department of Health and the San Bernardino County Department of Health.

Since our update yesterday at 3:31pm both cities, Chino and Chino Hills put out press releases announcing the cancellation of major events. Chino Unified School District announced the closure of school in the district until at least April 3.

CalChamber has put out a resource page for employers and the Small Business Administration has set the groundwork for funding for businesses affected as a result of the Coronavirus.

See the links below for more information:

Your businesses need you. Now is the time to work together to make sure our local economy stays strong.

Please watch this Facebook live video to see how we are looking to help businesses. Feel free to comment on the video -

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(Updated 3/13/20 at 3:15pm)

Chamber Members and Friends,

We are working with our cities, county, state and federal governments as well as the local, state and national chamber and business organizations to slow the spread of COVID-19 while also recognizing the economic impact this will have on businesses in the Chino Valley.

In a press conference Wednesday, March 11, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California public health officials experts have “determined that gatherings should be postponed or canceled across the state until at least the end of March. Non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people, while smaller events can proceed only if the organizers can implement social distancing of 6 feet per person. Gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should be limited to no more than 10 people, while also following social distancing guidelines.”

As a result, the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce will be postponing our Salute to Public Safety event, which was scheduled for March 19, 2020.

The cancelling of events and activities will have a substantial economic impact on our communities. We want you to know that we will be putting together resources for our businesses to help navigate the challenges presented by COVID-19. 

For our local economy, it is important that we continue to conduct business.

We will be looking to find creative ways to continue our programming at the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce. We encourage you and your business to stay connected and take advantage of the resources that will become available for our businesses. 

We will be postponing and/or re-imagining our planned meetings for the month of March and will follow up with emails as to how we will be conducting those events. 

Lastly, we encourage our community and businesses to follow the guidelines presented from the agencies we’ve entrusted to safeguard us and to look for new ways to conduct business to help strengthen our local economy and support our local businesses.

Thanks for everything!

Zeb

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