This is undoubtedly a challenging time for us all. Like you, the SLO Chamber team has been following the developing events and impacts of COVID-19 and the series of emergency declarations in our community. Videos posted on this page are mean to inform, educate and inspire. For a complete and up to date list of resources for your business, please visit our COVID-19 Resources for Businesses page and follow us on social media.
Open SLO Update | July 23, 2020
Self certification reopening plan and risk assessment specifics | June 18, 2020
During our weekly webinar series on June 18th, we learned how to write an expert reopening plan and risk assessment to self certify your business for reopening. As more industries begin to open, we will continue to look at best practices and hear from different sectors who are planning for — and beginning — the reopening process. We were joined again by Blue Mango Management’s Samantha Welch, to share an update on their restaurants’ reopening processes and lessons learned.
Open SLO | June 19, 2020
SBA Loan Forgiveness Guidance and Stage 3 Reopening | June 11, 2020
SLO Food Bank’s new CEO on COVID’s impact | May 28, 2020
SLO Food Bank’s new CEO Garret Olson, shares the steps the organization has taken in combating local hunger during COVID-19. From completely reassessing operations to ensure safety, to tripling the amount of supplemental food delivered weekly to local households, the SLO Food Bank has made our community proud through its partnership with the County of San Luis Obispo. If you or someone you know needs assistance from the SLO Food Bank, please visit slofoodbank.org/food-locator to find a site nearest you. Learn how you can support the SLO Food Bank at slofoodbank.org/donate.
Reopening for you, your employees and your customers | Part 2 | May 28, 2020
Reopening for you, your employees and your customers | May 21, 2020
SLO County’s Reopening | Part 2 | May 14, 2020
SLO County’s START Guide | May 7, 2020
We sat down with leaders from the County and City to discuss the Steps To Adapt and Reopen Together Guide — the proposed reopening framework for our community. With the Governor’s announcement that the State will move into “early Stage 2” starting on May 8th, 2020, there has been some confusion as to what phase or stage we are in here in SLO County. Guy Savage, Assistant County Administrative Officer and Derek Johnson, SLO City Manager provide some insight on the issue.
Supporting our nonprofits during COVID-19 | May 3, 2020
Webinar series: SBA on Funding Options | April 30, 2020
Rents, mortgages and COVID-19 | April 29, 2020
Misinformation in the time of COVID | Kim Bisheff | April 28, 2020
Webinar Series | Finance and Human Resource | April 23, 2020
SBDC Director Judy Mahan shared updates on the additional funding for the federal EIDL and PPP loans, and Morris and Garritano Insurance HR Business Consultant, Louise Matheny and Director of Compliance, Keith Dunlop provided insight on employer’s responsibilities during this time including how to navigate through the FFCRA.
SBDC & SLO Chamber Webinar Series | April 16, 2020
We hosted Small Business Development Center Director Judy Mahan and employment law specialist Kathy Eppright from Andre, Morris and Buttery to share updates on federal funding and employer practices. During the webinar the speakers discussed the EIDL and PPP loan assistance programs and how business should proceed if they do not receive any funding. The $349 billion federal relief fund that those programs came from ran out of money today and they are currently not accepting applications until more funding is available. Watch the webinar to learn more about options and next steps for your business.
UP | 3 Tools to Stay Calm & Balanced During Stressful Times| April 12, 2020
We asked our friends Lynne Biddinger and Jennifer Porcher of Unlock-Potential to share some tools they’ve found helpful for staying centered during these challenging times. As many in our business community are dealing with new stressors due to this pandemic, it is more important now than ever to take care of ourselves so we can show up for our organizations and each other. Watch this video to learn three new tools centered around ESI and mindfulness practices that can help us navigate through this uncertain time.
Webinar | SBA and Banks: Accessing Federal Funds | April 9, 2020
In this webinar, you will hear updates from SBDC Director Judy Mahan as well as local and national banking perspectives from Greg Bland and Lindsay Waylett on how they are managing administration of the SBA loan programs. Areas of focus include the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, Payroll Protection Program, Disaster Bridge Loan, 7(a) Forgiveness Program and ways your business can access them.
Webinar | SBDC & SLO City Crisis Resources | April 3, 2020
SLOPD | An update on public safety | April 2, 2020
COVID-19 | Tax & Law FAQs answered | March 30, 2020
Stimulus Package Review pt. 2 | What you need to know about the $2 trillion bill | March 27, 2020
Stimulus Package Review pt. 1 | March 26, 2020
The US Senate passed a $2 trillion stimulus package on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. This is big news and will affect our businesses and residents here in San Luis Obispo. There will be more details on that to come as it’s finalized, but we just wanted to check in and give you an update on what we’re working on.
Judy Mahan | Economic Injury Disaster Loans | March 20, 2020
Shelter at Home | Business Clarifications | March 20, 2020
The SLO Chamber, Downtown SLO and the City of San Luis Obispo are working together and are committed to getting you the answers you need. On March 19, the County shared guidelines for businesses, employers and employees to more clearly identify exempt and non-exempt businesses. The City has created a form to help streamline guidance and ensure that you are getting the right information the first time.