The California Department of Public Health revised their “Guidance on Closure of Sectors in Response to COVID-19” dated July 1st (link to revised Guidance here). The revision is a very important one for breweries. The CDPH guidance now aligns with the Industry Advisory issued earlier today by the ABC which allows breweries to remain open for on-site sales as long as they are offering sit down, dine-in meals and outdoor seating only (all indoor seating and service must be closed). This is an important
Tell Congress: Create America's Recovery Fund Now!ACT NOW: Going Out of Business Monday Across the United States, businesses and workers are struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and too many are going out of business. America’s Recovery Fund will provide financial assistance to help America’s businesses retain and rehire staff, pay rent, adapt to new regulations and requirements, and pay their state and local taxes – in turn, getting our country back up and
Seniors can apply to receive meals, and restaurants can apply to provide them. Learn More Great Plates Delivered (formerly known as Restaurants Deliver) has two purposes: Help seniors and other adults at high risk from COVID-19 to stay home and stay healthy by delivering three nutritious meals a day, and Provide essential economic stimulus to local businesses struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 crisis.FAQs for RestaurantsFAQs for Participants
The Chamber Golf Classic is FUN--that's a given. But it's also about business, and owners, managers, and reps from THESE businesses are already signed up to participate. If you're looking for an opportunity to deepen a bond or build a new relationship, we strongly encourage you to become a part of this list before we sell out! Click here for details. 3M CoronaAdvanced Flow Engineering, Inc.CARSTAR Allstar CollisionCorona Health Care CenterCorona Regional Medical CenterEagle Glen Golf ClubExpress
We have two opportunities for individuals and businesses to obtain masks. 1) Riverside County has provided masks to be distributed to local businesses. Click here to register and let us know how many you need. Due to popularity and to provide for as many businesses as possible, please limit to 2 per employee. 2) Your Corona Chamber has custom reusable cloth masks available for purchase (as seen above), which say "Have a Great Day!" on them.
Provided below is information on how you could benefit from the programs the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) offers to get businesses working, especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is dedicated to increasing the participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE), and Small Business (SB) firms in both Federal and State contracting and procurement.Overview of Caltrans Small Business ProgramsDBE Basic
America’s Recovery Fund Coalition (ARFC) represents 58 million workers. Your Corona Chamber is a proud member of Save Small Business Coalition, one of the founding members of ARFC. According to the Department of Labor, more than 20.5 million jobs were lost in April, spiking the unemployment rate to an astonishing 14.7%. The Recovery Fund is needed NOW to ensure America can get back to work! America’s Recovery Fund will provide financial assistance to help America’s businesses retain and rehire staff, pay
We are excited to announce that beginning this summer, Norco College will be offering the following certificates: Noncredit certificates – FREE* courses through RCCD Extended Learning ProgramFinancial LiteracyWorkplace Essentials Certificate *material fees may apply For CreditGame DevelopmentGreen Technician Certificate In an effort to help create and sustain a strong workforce, the College will be introducing ongoing career certificate programs. Click on the links above to view class time and
New Updates for Your Business!SHOW ME THE MONEY! Riverside County's COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Grant Program will provide small businesses with $10,000 grants. The application is set to open Wednesday, June 3rd, and we encourage businesses to apply as soon as possible. The application will be available here once open. Learn more by watching this replay of our weekly Chamber Business Briefing, where this was the main topic. The video is cued up to the start of this presentation
Businesses anticipating a reopening are expected to complete and implement a Safe Reopening Plan that addresses employee and customer health measures. The safe reopening plan does not require county approval, but businesses are encouraged to make the plan available so that the public and staff are aware of the precautions it addresses. Click here to view the guidelines.
The U.S. Chamber has released a Ready to Reopen playbook, with 7 focused steps to help you prepare your business for success. Click here to download.
MORE TESTING KEY FACTOR IN REOPENING SOONERRiverside County has been a leader in providing access to COVID-19 testing for residents. A key factor in the State of California's decision to allow counties like ours to reopen ALL of our businesses sooner will be getting more residents tested. YOU CAN HELP OUR RECOVERY BY GETTING TESTED Testing at the county-run sites is open to anyone, whether you have symptoms or not, and there are no out-of-pocket costs to individuals. You must have an
Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed solving a record budget deficit by tapping reserves, borrowing money from special funds, deferring spending and raising some targeted revenues. But the major budget solution to an estimated $54.5 billion deficit depends on spending federal funds already allocated to California and receiving federal funds not yet approved by Congress. Without the new federal funding, the budget would automatically trigger $14 billion in new spending cuts, beginning July 1. Read
As a thank you to our wonderful members and a way to assist your marketing efforts, we are now providing a complimentary advertisement in Corona Business News! There is no limit to how many ads you can earn. New members will also receive an advertising incentive. Contact Robert today for more details and to provide any leads or introductions!
The new Inland Empire Tech Bridge will be anchored by Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Corona Division and will serve as a regional hub of innovation for the Navy command and local partners in industry, academia, nonprofits and private capital to work together to find faster, better solutions to warfighter challenges. Learn More
On Friday, May 15th, the Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application. They can be found by clicking here. All borrowers are encouraged to thoroughly read the application and instructions to familiarize yourself with them, BEFORE taking action to apply for PPP forgiveness with your lender.
The U.S. Chamber has released a standardized questionnaire businesses may wish to utilize in screening employees upon return to work. Reminder: new laws have been enacted this year to protect employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers are required to post this federal notice next to their existing labor law poster.
Thoro Packaging Donates 100,000 Face Shields to Riverside University Health System to Aide in the Sh
Corona, California, May 15, 2020 - Thoro packaging has joined the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by manufacturing 100,000 single-use face shields to be donated to local area hospitals. Thoro is one of over 45 packaging firms world-wide who are donating their materials, production floors, and know-how to help aid with the massive personal protective equipment (PPE) shortage hospitals are facing during this pandemic. Every participating company has committed to donating a minimum of 100,000
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The deadline for employers with more than 100 employees to register for the CalSavers program has been extended from June 30, 2020 to September 30, 2020. The deadlines have not been extended for those with less employees. Learn More
Now is the time for employers to think about and plan for how they will reopen their office once stay-at-home orders are lifted. When and how a business reopens will depend on the type of business it is. In planning, employers need to think about how they will be able to ensure the safety of their workers. Read More
This guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is intended for all Americans, whether you own a business, run a school, or want to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your home. Reopening America requires all of us to move forward together by practicing social distancing and other daily habitsto reduce our risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. Reopening the country also strongly relies on public health strategies, including increased testing of people for the virus,
This grant-funded program offered by Riverside County helps connect employees with employer partners that are hiring and reimburse 50% of their wages for the first few months. In order to become a partner with this Subsidized Employment Program, the following eligibility criteria must be met by the business: Position offered must be permanent or temp-to-hireMust provide a minimum of 20 hours per weekBusiness must have an Acord Certificate of Liability Insurance with policy minimums If your business is
Part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, the Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLA) provides paid protected leave to employees who cannot work due to having to care for a child who cannot attend school or daycare due to reasons related to COVID-19. Although they share similar names, the EFMLA and FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) differ in a number of significant ways. Read More
If an employer allows employees to telework during the COVID-19 pandemic, will the employer have to allow them to continue teleworking after the California shelter-in-place order is lifted? For disabled employees, would an employer have to automatically grant telework as a reasonable accommodation if the employees wish to continue the arrangement after the pandemic is over?Click here to read the answer from CalChamber's HR Watchdog.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts:Victoria Pike Bond Holly Ober415-488-7195 951-827-5893Victoria.Bond@ucr.edu Holly.Ober@ucr.eduNew Economic Outlook Presentation More Optimistic Than Most But Warns of Huge ‘Wild Cards’ That Could Send Things SpiralingApril 20, 2020—RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA—Compared to what many others are predicting, a new presentation from prominent economist Christopher Thornbergdelivers a more optimistic
COVID-19 and the WorkplaceThe U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19, and its effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and AnswersFamilies First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave RightsFamilies First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave
A note from Congressman Ken Calvert's office: While the CARES Act, or Coronavirus Phase III stimulus bill, still needs to be approved by Congress and signed into law by the President, there is a bipartisan agreement to enact the bill. Linked below are fact sheets prepared by the Small Business Committee on the small business provisions within the CARES Act. Rep. Calvert wanted to be sure our members have this information as soon as possible. It’s also important to note that small
Some Tax Deadlines Extended (But Not All)The State of California and the IRS have pushed income tax filing and payment deadlines to July 15th. California property taxes will still be due by April 10th. Employers directly affected by COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension from the EDD to file state payroll taxes.
New Employer Obligations Under Revised Families First ActPresident Trump signed into law H.R. 6201, which expands protection benefits for employees of businesses with fewer than 500 employees to be provided two weeks of paid sick leave as well as up to 12 weeks of protected leave to care for themselves or a family member affected by COVID-19. Exemptions apply, as well as additional funding for supportive efforts for low-income individuals, food banks, free COVID-19 testing, and more. Learn more here. This
The #CoronaChamber has put together a list of 35 quality, legitimate, linked resources for you, your business, and your employees. As new information becomes available, we will get the critical data to you, so you can focus on your company. Please take the time to review. Clicking either of the images below will open a PDF document with clickable links.
COVID-19 Updates & Additional Resources Please take the time and read all the way through. Each of the updates and resources provided here are new since previous emails. Did you miss yesterday's webinar on Funding Updates for California Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19? Catch the replay here. You can also download the slides. The next COVID-19 conference call is tomorrow, Friday, March 20th at 10:30am (NEW TIME), dial in number (800) 857-1861, participant code 8213422. Watch this video for other
Many of you are understandably worried in these uncertain times. We are here to support your needs. As a community, we must all come together to help our business community weather tough times. You can do this in many ways: Purchase gift cards now for later useOrder take out or delivery - click here for a list of member restaurants to support as they move away from dine in opportunities Shop local/shop small onlineShare about your favorite local businesses on social media, especially any
Dear Chamber members and subscribers, As the situation surrounding Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 continues to unfold, we want to assure you that the Corona Chamber is here to help. Whether it's providing accurate, up-to-date information, links to resources, or to be a sounding board or other, our team is here for you. Over the coming days and as new information surfaces, we will be in communication to share tools for you as a business owner or employee impacted by current events. It's time for
As new information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) becomes available, the #CoronaChamber encourages employers to monitor and heed advice from the CDC and reputable agencies to minimize the spread and protect employees and the community. It's important to strategize now how you will handle potential interruptions in your business to ensure smooth operations. Some tips to consider:If you don't yet have a plan, make one nowMake it flexible and ask for employee inputEncourage employees to stay home if they are
As you know, local, state, federal and international health organizations continue to respond to the threat posed by coronavirus (COVID-19). We must have a robust and coordinated response to protect Americans from this virus. I believe the creation of a federal Coronavirus Task Force, which is a multi-agency response to COVID-19, is a positive step. I have and will continue to listen to local, state, and federal health officials and will support their efforts to protect Americans and contain the virus. I
For the fifth time in six years, Norco College ranked Best for Vets by the Military Times. The College is ranked number 17 out of 28 two-year colleges nationwide, and number two of only four California community colleges to make the ranking. "What an honor to be repeatedly ranked among the best colleges for veterans," said Interim President Monica Green. "Norco College is committed to serving veterans and active service members in their transition from classroom to career. I share this excitement with