SAN DIEGO AND IMPERIAL SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTERS TO PROVIDESMALL BUSINESS TRAINING TO ADAPT TO COVID-19 ENVIRONMENT,IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SUPERVISOR NATHAN FLETCHER
SAN DIEGO (May 20, 2020) --Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and the San Diego and Imperial Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, with funding by the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz), have partnered to prepare small business owners to navigate required for reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Open Letter
"Dear Governor Gavin C. Newsom and All Members of the California State Legislature:
In 2019, California Assembly Bill 5 was passed to regulate the use of independent contractors in a variety of activities.
By prohibiting the use of independent contractor drivers, health care professionals, and workers in other critical areas, AB-5 is doing substantial, and avoidable, harm to the very people who now have the fewest resources and the worst alternatives available to them.
We, the undersigned Ph.D. economists and political scientists, call for the immediate suspension of AB-5." More details.
Hiscox has pledged $2 million to support small businesses now, when it is most needed. The support is made through the Hiscox Foundation USA, a non-profit corporation which supports social and humanitarian initiatives, and will go to established organizations that are providing support to businesses in the wake of COVID-19.
OCEANSIDE, CA – As part of its commitment to fighting for its Members and the communities it serves, Frontwave Credit Union announced today that it has been approved by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to accept applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce is partnering with numerous North County business organizations to advocate for a path for more small business owners and their employees to get back to work. In a letter sent to CA State Senate and Assemblymembers, the Chambers noted "It is time to work toward reopening our economy and providing a path for more small business owners and their employees to get back to work. We believe that there is an opportunity to allow a greater number of businesses to open under the existing health and safety protocols." Read Letter.
San Juan Capistrano, CA – U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) will host a Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday with Danny Fitzgerald from the San Diego & Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and Dr. Karl Steinberg, a nursing facility and hospice medical director in North County San Diego. They will answer questions regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), aid for local small businesses, and more.
Governor Newsom Announces Paid Sick Leave Benefits for Food Sector Workers Impacted by COVID-19, Additional Protections for Consumers
Governor’s Executive Order will benefit workers in grocery stores and fast food chains, and delivery drivers
Order will give two weeks of supplemental paid sick leave to certain food sector workers if they are subject to a quarantine or isolation order or medical directive
Order also calls for increased hand-washing measures at food facilities to increase consumer protection
Digital Hopper is providing free weekly training for local businesses, in collaboration with Mainstreet Oceanside. The training covers Selling Online for Local Business and is relevant for retail/products, services, and restaurants. The weekly live video 1-hour training is free and covers an important marketing tip, shows How To do it, and then has Q&A and troubleshooting. We also have a Facebook group where people can access past training, and get support throughout the week. This is all in aid of the coronavirus situation, and to help businesses stay in business.
Dear Business Leader:
During these uncertain times, many business owners are seeking relief to keep their businesses afloat and take care of their employees. As you know, the CARES Act, allocated $349 billion for the Payment Protection Program, which will provide loans to businesses with up to 500 employees, nonprofits, independent contractors, and the self-employed.
FASTSIGNS Vista is offering resources to help protect your business, customers and employees. Contact us today for Coronavirus prevention posters.
Supporting you with telework webinars and resources
The SANDAG iCommute program has developed a telework webinar series for regional employers and employees as they shift to teleworking during the COVID-19 crisis. Additional resources for employers and teleworkers are available on the iCommuteSD.com/telework web page.
San Diego County Supervisors Jim Desmond and Kristin Gaspar, along with Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister have reached out to Governor Gavin Newsom to seek protection for residents and businesses that are unable to pay their property tax bill by the April 10th deadline.
OCEANSIDE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE JOINS BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS ACROSS THE NATION TO DEMAND CHANGE IN BUSINESS CONTINUITY INSURANCE TO SAVE SMALL BUSINESSES
OCEANSIDE CA - As many businesses have been justifiably anxious about how to keep their businesses afloat during this time of COVID-19, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce along with over 80 chambers of commerce and business associations across the nation created the Save Small Business Coalition (SSBC) to address exactly that concern. Businesses need cash now, period. The coalition, spanning 15 states, wants to empower a solution for both small businesses and the insurance industry, backed by the federal government.
(Source: AlphaGraphics Oceanside)
As the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spreads, there is more concern for our local restaurants to staying afloat. As everyone is quarantined in their homes, it’s important for restaurants to think outside of the box to communicate with their customers. We are sharing 3 ways to communicate with your customers that you are still OPEN during COVID-19.
Since our doors opened in 2016, we’ve been honored to work with non-profit organizations. From annual fundraising events to volunteer events to everyday operations, we’ve been inspired by the work of our local non-profit community. That’s why today we are excited to announce a new program that offers 20% off in all our printing, marketing, and signage services to all non-profits in San Diego.
As the Coronavirus situation continues to evolve, it is important for all employers to monitor the outbreak and implement strategies to protect their workforce while ensuring continuity of operations. To help educate employers and employees on how they can prepare for and address the impacts of the virus, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) have provided resources that we hope you will use and share with your members.
The affects of AB 5 and the Dynamex court decision have been felt across the state, as Californians have lost contracts, lost work, and are limited on new work opportunities. The impacts have extended to non-profits that have been forced to limit or shut down programs, as well as our local arts programs closing down productions – all due to AB 5 and the Dynamex ruling.
Canada represents California's second largest export market and Southern California's 4th highest source of foreign direct investment. The Small Business Development Center is working with The MAPLE Business Council and the California Community Colleges Chancellors Office to offer a half-day workshop on doing business in Canada.
Are you considering adding any employees or making investment into your business within the next five years? If so, you may want to look into the California Competes Tax Credit to save money on your state income taxes. The next application round opens on July 29 and closes August 19.
Senator Bates presents a resolution honoring PJ Graphics as Small Business of the Year to owners Tom Hartley (2nd from left), Helen Hartley (right) and daughter Debbie Hartley (left) inside the Senate Chamber at the State Capitol in Sacramento.
Discounted Online Sexual Harassment Prevention Training–*Mandatory for employers with five or more employees*
Effective January 1, 2019, California employers with 5 or more employees (including those located out of state) are required to provide sexual harassment prevention training to all employees before January 1,2020. The minimum count of "5" employees includes seasonal and temporary hires as well asindependent contractors.
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