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COVID-19 Update for August 10, 2020-LA County-LISC Grants, More

As of Saturday, August 8th, there had been 554,048 reported cases in California with 10, 315 deaths due to Coronavirus and 6,956 current hospitalizatons. There are reports that technical issues with compliation software may have led to a significant undercount. In Los Angeles County there were 2645 new cases the past week and 51 more fatalities. In LA County there have been 206,761 cases and 4,967 deaths so far. 

The US has seen 4,971,190 cases and 161,906 deaths due to COVID-19, again as of Saturday. More than 10% of all deaths in the US in 2020 are from Coronavirus infections. This past week there were 52,263 new cases and 1,169 new fatalities from the disease in the US. 

From Fair Warning news website:

Grim Outlook: Covid-19 deaths in the United States are predicted to reach almost 300,000 by December 1, the Associated Press reports. A University of Washington model is forecasting 295,011 deaths—135,000 more than the current toll of just over 160,000 confirmed fatalities. The model assumes that many states will enforce new stay-at-home orders as the death toll rises. It’s one of about 30 forecasts monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Together, these models predict between 168,000 and 182,000 deaths by August 22.

At least 1,036 new deaths and 57,128 new cases were reported on Thursday, according to The New York Times. Confirmed cases in the U.S. are about 4.9 million, over 25 percent of the global total of more than 19.1 million infections. U.S. deaths account for more than 20 percent of the worldwide toll of over 716,000 people killed by Covid-19, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus tracker.
 
  • Also:  Times analysis found that 41 percent of those killed in the U.S. have been residents or workers at nursing homes and long-term care centers, where more than 362,000 people in 16,000 facilities have been infected.

Stalemate: As of this writing, Congress has not reached a deal on a new Covid-19 relief package. The last relief legislation, which included an extra $600 per week in unemployment benefits and a moratorium on certain evictions, expired at the end of July. President Trump did promise executive action to restore $400 additional unemployment coverage and other measures.

Nearly 1.2 million people applied for jobless benefits in the past week, a decline from some recent weeks. Still, it was 20th straight week of more than one million unemployment filings, reports the Associated Press. 

Frustrated by the stalemate and down in the polls with just 90 days to go before the November election, President Trump appears ready to take unilateral action if Congress cannot come to an agreement, according to The Hill. “At some point you have to understand that they’re not willing to make a deal. And that’s why the president is prepared to take executive action,” Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, told reporters.

Genevieve Morrill of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce authored an Op Ed piece that was publishedlast Monday in the LA Times related to the efforts of the California Coalition for Safe Reopening. You can read the Op Ed here: Op-Ed: A ‘COVID safe’ business certification could help end the open-closed-open madness. The Pasadena Chamber is one of the founding organizations of the Coalition. if you are interested in being part of the effort, click here for more info.

LA County/LISC Grants:

There will be 3 more rounds of grant funding for the Regional COVID-19 Relief Grants program. The grants will be in increments of $5K and $15K.  The 3rd round of funding ends today at 11:59 pm, but if you miss this round, there will be additional rounds all based on a lottery system;

  • Round 3: August 3 – August 7
  • Round 4: August 17 – August 21
  • Round 5: August 31 – September 4
  • Round 6: September 14 – September 18

 

Apply for the Grants 



The Pasadena Chamber is one of the founders of the California Coalition for Safe Re-Opening. We are asking the State of California to do three things:

1. Create a safe reopening task force that would help formulate a long-term, clear (simple to follow) roadmap to reopening so that businesses in California can rely on for guidance, clarity and the ability to reasonably plan for the future.
2. Provide funds to county and local health departments to facilitate enforcement of health requirements for those who do not follow protocols for safe operations.
3. Provide a relief fund to support those businesses who invested in safety and sanitary practice protocols and who have been negatively impacted by the revised closure orders in California.

You can find more information here:  http://www.pasadena-chamber.org/business/take-action-now
Learn more about the Chamber's proposal for a Three Point 

Click here to Take Action Now and add your name and/or organization to those calling for safe, reasonable, reliable and supportable future for California. 
         
AND

Have you seen the comet? Neowise, discovered by a JPL led project has passed the sun and is visible for the next couple of weeks in the night sky just after dark. Look toward the northwest under the Big Dipper. If you have binoculars or a telescope, you'll find it if the clouds permit.

It's actually in the photo, but blurry and tiny.

Even with all the weirdness, apprehension, fright and dread, some wonderful things happen.

Be safe, be well and wear a mask over your mouth and nose when you are in public, please

 

Congress authorized an extension of PPP loan application period.

With less than four hours before the PPP was set to expire at 11:59 p.m. ET on June 30, the Senate unanimously passed a bill to extend the PPP application deadline until Aug. 8. The bill passed the the House on Wednesday, and now heads to President Trump for a signature.

The bill’s extension of the PPP comes after the program was set to end with over $130 billion left of unused funds for the taxpayer program. As of Tuesday night, the latest data from the Small Business Administration shows the program lent more than $520 billion in emergency loans to over 4.8 million American small businesses. The loans are intended to help businesses keep employees on the payroll, can range up to $10 million per loan, and can become grants.

Newsom orders bars and restaurants closed (again).

Governor Newsom orders all restaurants in LA County to close for indoor dining. Only outdoor dining, take-out service, curbside pick-up and delivery allowed.

Effective immediately the California Department of Public Health is requiring counties that have been on the County Monitoring List for at least 3 days to move certain sectors outdoors or they must close. Bars are also ordered closed. Los Angeles County is among those listed.

These businesses must close indoor operations/service for at least three weeks:

  • Restaurants
  • Wineries and Tasting Rooms
  • Movie Theaters
  • Family Entertainment Centers
  • Zoos and Museums
  • Cardrooms
 
Counties with closures should consider cancelling firework shows.Parking lots at many State Beaches near high populated areas will be closed. In counties that close local beaches, state beaches will close as well. This order will remain in place for at least three (3) weeks.

This announcement comes as other states pull back the reopening of their economy, dial back restaurant capacity, and as California counties continue to experience a surge in hospitalizations due to the sudden increase in positivity rates for COVID-19.


Pasadena COVID-19 DISASTER SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF FUND
Pasadena Community Foundation (PCF) launched the online application portal for Pasadena COVID-19 Disaster Relief Small Business Relief Fund grants on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. The Fund is a collaboration between the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, Pasadena Community Foundation, and the City of Pasadena to assist small businesses in recovering from the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis and resulting business closures, and will provide grants of $10,000 to storefront retail businesses.
Please CLICK HERE to review the grant guidelines and access the application or visit the PCF website at www.pasadenacf.org. The grant application will be available starting at 5:00 p.m. on June 26, 2020. Applications will be accepted through July 10, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

The Pasadena COVID-19 Disaster Small Business Relief Fund is intended to augment federal, state, and local aid in supporting Pasadena businesses and sustaining the local economy. The City of Pasadena has seeded the fund with an initial gift of $500,000, with the goal of assisting 50 or more small businesses. The City will match all private philanthropic gifts to the fund up to $250,000, creating the potential for $1 million in assistance. The Fund will accept donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations. (See below)

Local storefront retail and restaurant businesses are strongly encouraged to apply. The fund will prioritize business owners who have not received financial assistance from federal and state-level COVID-19 relief programs, including the Paycheck Protection Program. Businesses receiving grants must be located within the physical boundaries of Pasadena. The selection process will also consider local ownership and whether businesses employ Pasadena residents. Once awarded, grant funds may be used for business-related operational costs, including COVID-19-related expenses and re-opening compliance costs.

Donate to support the Pasadena Small Business Relief Fund
Double the Impact of Your Gift to Support Pasadena's Small Businesses
Pasadena's vibrant small business scene gives our community its unique character and drives economic growth, so we're helping our local businesses recover from the COVID-19 crisis with the Pasadena COVID-19 Disaster Small Business Relief Fund, a collaboration with the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and City of Pasadena.
CLICK HERE to make a MATCHED GIFT to the COVID-19 Disaster Small Business Relief Fund and support independent businesses in Pasadena. 
The City of Pasadena has seeded the fund with an initial gift of $500,000 and pledged to match all private donations up to $250,000 dollars, which means grants totaling $1,000,000 to revive small business in Pasadena. Right now, your gift to the Pasadena COVID-19 Disaster Small Business Relief Fund will be matched by the City, doubling its impact. A gift of $500 means $1,000 for small businesses. A gift of $5,000 means another grant to one of our community's small business owners. The Fund will provide grants of $10,000 that can be used to cover a wide range of business-related expenses. These are grants, not loans, so businesses do not have to pay the money back - it is 100 percent relief assistance to sustain our local economy. All gifts to the Pasadena COVID-19 Disaster Small Business Relief Fund are tax deductible. Thank you for supporting our local businesses!

New Round of LA County Grants
The County of Los Angeles, the City of Los Angeles, and private philanthropy have partnered to deploy $3 million dollars in grants for small businesses, non-profits and microentrepreneurs in a newly launched LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund. The first phase of the Recovery Fund will include grant opportunities of $5K for microentrepreneurs and $15K for small businesses and nonprofits. The grant program will offer a total of six rounds, opening July 6th through September 25th. The second phase will launch in the next few months and will include loans. For information visit www.LACOVIDfund.org for more information. Here is the link to watch the first Recovery Fund webinar. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rv0y3CRaILM#action=share. There will be other webinars.

Resources to help you reopen

Essential PPE For Reopening - The Space Sanitizing Mister :  One of our newest members, Giana Korth, is here to solve all of your Reopening challenges with a game changing new machine - The Space Sanitizing Mister. This simple and elegant machine kills 99.9% of all viruses, bacteria, and germs in a 300 sq ft space. With its human and food safe air disinfecting capabilities, it can safely disinfect an entire room in 10-15 mins and will continuously do so while operating. Most importantly it provides a visible peace of mind, which we are finding one of the highest priorities upon reopening. It has become an invaluable product for many business owners across all industries - Healthcare offices, schools, gyms, spas, hotels, restaurants, office buildings, retail stores, etc. Giana is a Pasadena native, and her parent's local optometry practice, Charles J. Korth Optometry, was the inspiration behind this "Magical Mister" as her mom, René Korth, calls it. René was spending hours each day sanitizing equipment, glasses, countertops, etc; both for patient safety and peace of mind. It was becoming impossible to do this, while continuing their exceptional patient eye care. Now, with two Misters in the dispensing area and one in each exam room, all they have to do is turn the Mister on in the morning and they are good to go! If you are interested in seeing the Misters in action, feel free to stop by and check them out firsthand. They also have a number of other PPE products that may prove very beneficial, and are happy to source other items you may need. She looks forward to supporting your business in Reopening safely, effectively and as stress-free as possible! You can get more information and purchase the Misters directly through their company website here. For orders over 10, and all other questions, you can contact Giana directly at giana.korth@tampontribe.com or 626-818-1584. 

On June 1, 2020, a free mobile application for restaurants was unveiled to the community. Pasadena Be Local Strong lists Pasadena area restaurants that are open for business. There are no charges to restaurants to be listed and no cost to for users to download the app. The application is a collaboration between Small World Communication and the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce as part of Small World’s Be Local Strong initiative. The app can be accessed online at https://pasadena.belocalstrong.com/.

Businesses that want to be listed on the site can go to: https://belocalstrong.com/home/submit-your-listing/ and put in their information. Right now, the app only lists restaurants, but retail and service businesses will be added soon. The app is available to any retail or service business in the greater Pasadena area. Membership in the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce is not required to be listed.
 

The Print Spot is offering FREE Open/Closed/Taking Orders signs for any business that wants it.
To pre-order, please email Paul@pasadena-chamber.org.  

THESE ARE FREE FOR PASADENA CHAMBER MEMBERS COURTESY OF THE PRINT SPOT.

You can fill out the form and mail to: Paul Little, Pasadena Chamber, 44 N. Mentor Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106; Email to paul@pasadena-chamber.org or FAX to 626-795-5603. Download the order form here: Print_Spot_Pasadena_Chamber_window_sign_offer_flyer_FINAL.pdf

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The City of Pasadena launched expedited permit and plan check processes to facilitate the rapid reopening of qualified dining and retail establishments seeking to comply with COVID-19 protocols and social distancing requirements. The City will also allow certain restaurants to temporarily expand dining areas outdoors. The online application portal has been created to facilitate submittal of these applications and to ensure streamlined departmental review within the expedited timeliness. To learn more about these temporary regulations and processes, or to submit an online application, visit www.cityofpasadena.net/reopening-permits.  

Exer Urgent Care, an ER alternative staffed by ER doctors, provides onsite testing for COVID-19 is available at clinic locations across Southern California. Exer is now offering drive-up testing for COVID-19 in Pasadena. In Pasadena, Exer Urgent care is located at 3160 East Del Mar in Pasadena. You are advised to make an appointment in advance.

ChapCare on North Lake Avenue is also providing FREE COVID-19 testing. Call for an appointment.

THE PCC SBDC IS HERE TO HELP. No-Cost Assistance. NEW Webinars. SBDC advisors are available to meet with you via Zoom. Business growth and recovery assistance includes: Disaster Loan Applications; "Life After Covid" Business Planning; Creating New Sales Streams; Leveraging Resources; And much more; Contact us for no-cost assistance. 626-585-3105 REGISTER FOR ASSISTANCE   or CONTACT US

IF YOU NEED PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, SANITIZER OR OTHER ITEMS OR INSTALLATIONS TO MEET PUBLIC HEALTH STANDARDS PLEASE PURCHASE THOSE ITEMS LOCALLY. SUPPORT THE BUSINESSES YOU WANT TO SUPPORT YOURS!

Please follow the guidelines and maintain social distancing. If at all possible, when you are in public and could interact with anyone at all, please wear a mask. You can make your own. (Click here for a 'how-to') or purchase a mask through one of these links:

Here are some local resources you may need (and can support local businesses as you do):

The Print Spot is offering free Open/Closed/Taking Orders signs for any business that wants it. To pre-order, please email Paul@pasadena-chamber.org.  THESE ARE FREE FOR PASADENA CHAMBER MEMBERS COURTESY OF THE PRINT SPOT.

Download the order form here: Print_Spot_Pasadena_Chamber_window_sign_offer_flyer_FINAL.pdf

The Print Spot can also provide 6 feet distance floor indicators, along with signs reminding emloyees to wash hands as well as traffic directional signs for those narrow hallways. These are not free but The Print Spot is always competitive. Call The Print Spot at 323-269-4218; printspot323@gmail.com www.goprintspot.com.

Please follow the guidelines and maintain social distancing. If at all possible, when you are in public and could interact with anyone at all, please wear a mask. You can make your own or purchase a mask through s number of Chamber members.

Shield48 is a reusable face shield used as a personal protective equipment (PPE) and manufactured in Europe in cooperation with infectology and ICU specialists in conformity with the official guidelines from CDC and WHO. Each reusable face shield set includes 3 replaceable screens that can endure 100 cycles of sanitizing. Shields48 are comfortable to wear and ensure your protection all day everyday. Download the flyer here: http://www.pasadena-chamber.org/sites/default/files/media/Rose_Walk_Global_Shield48_Flyer_USA_0.pdf

Face protection can be purchased through Pasadena Chamber member Beck and Call. Click here to email for info. They can create branded PPE equipment for you and your business.

Pasadena Chamber member Stark Spirits distillery retooled to manufacture approved sanitizer. You can find all the details here to get your cleaning and sanitizing products locally.

Maintco Corp. is a woman owned Pasadena Chamber member organization located in Burbank that caters to construction, maintenance and sanitation needs of varying industries. Maintco Corp. created its Maintco Certification Program that uses OSHA-approved processes to encourage a #SaferLA as businesses reopen and operate with the recent COVID-19 related restrictions and regulations. The 5-Step Maintco Certification Program Includes: Sanitizing the Facility - Maintco technicians will deep clean and sanitize all hard and porous surfaces using CDC-approved and EPA-registered sanitizers. Installing Air Filtration - Maintco’s certified technicians will install a CDC-recommended HEPA Filtration System into HVAC units to capture 99.97% of airborne allergens and viruses. Physical Protective Barriers - Maintco technicians will install translucent acrylic barriers or sneeze guards in areas requiring close physical contact. Touchless Technology - Maintco’s certified plumbers and electricians will install motion-sensored appliances and technology (toilets, hand dryers, lighting, air conditioning, door openers, etc.) throughout the facility. Visual Reminders - Maintco technicians will distribute informational and directional signs at entrances, restrooms, and other highly frequented areas. Contact Lindsay via phone or email for information on how a Maintco Certification can help your business promote a #SaferLA.  Email - lindsay.hornsby@maintco.com Cell - (951) 805-337

Pasadena Restaurateurs that may be reopening soon to help them accommodate their Social Distancing Seating when guests return.  Many will be using additional sidewalk space, portions of parking lots, patios and areas not currently used.  Dolphin Event Service's website has many useful selections on the header that help explain how a typical set-up is done.  Whether it be Vinyl fencing, lattice or hedge panels, barricades, or even stanchions, we can create areas with comfortable access/egress that will maintain the CDC and County distancing guidelines.  We offer discounted monthly rates designed especially for the Covid-19 crisis that are affordable.

M3 Office has solutions for social distancing and workplace safety. Download the info here:  M3 problem_solving_product_suggestions.pdfM3_return to office items.pdf

Finding an abandoned baby in the mountains of the San Gabriel Valley inspired Azita Milanian to create the “Children of One Planet” Foundation. To learn more about this amazing and life-altering experience, go to http://childrenofoneplanet.org/howwehelp.htm. The Children of One Planet” Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes the well-being and health of children from all over the world.  To help support our cause, please purchase necessary facial coverings for your businesses and employees.  The flier with information is here:

To learn more please call Azita at (626) 712-3451 or email us at  azita@childrenofoneplanet.org.

Hello Pasadena businesses.  I would like to create and gift a free “Branding” photo session for your business.  I am looking for upto 5 Pasadena small businesses that have been affected by the Covid-19 shutdown.  I would like to highlight your business with a complete photo session which captures your business space, and yourself as a portrait.  Photographer Jerry Camarillo (multiple Images of Pasadena Photo Contest winner) wants to help promote you and your business.  Via social media and the like.  You are free to use the images as you’d like as well of course.  This is for you to show off what makes you, you and it fits into my tag line, ‘Reveal Your Awesome”. If it is a restaurant, I will shoot your space with 4 to 5 images, 3 to 5 dishes if possible, and yourself in the space.  I will also interview you about how you are moving forward post Covid.  A simple sentence or two can be enough, more is welcomed. This all serves as a small way in how I can be of service to you, and you are also helping me build a portfolia of “Personal Branding Photography”.  Its a win, win !  Thank you for your consideration, and let’s get back to business. Always grateful Jerry Camarillo Voted Best Photographer in Pasadena www.jerrycamarillophotography.com 626-375-6684

EVENT SPECIALISTS HAS A NEW PROTOCOL FOR CLEANLINESS AND PERSONAL SANITATION AT FESTIVALS AND LARGE GATHERINGS. You can find information here: Purely_Sanitizing_for_Fesitval_Presentation_from_Event_Specialists.pdf

SBDC Offers Daily Webinars on COVID-19 Relief Options (plus 3 Weekly Webinars in Spanish!)

California’s SBDCs are hosting a daily live webinar and Q&A on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and the Paycheck Protection Program. 

Daily, 3pm. Register here for free.

Webinar en Español Todos los Lunes, Miercoles, y Viernes a las 12 pm Regístrese Aquí

Additionally, Pasadena City College's SBDC office is offering SBA Loan Updates every Tuesday and Thursday.

COVID-19 Update for June 29, 2020 - Small Business Grant - PPP Loan Deadline- More

Remember: whatever you may need to re-open or remain open please purchase it locally. For a list of those selling COVID-related items CLICK HERE. Please support those who may be your customers and clients.

Here is the latest information (as of Friday, June 26, 2020):

The U.S. logged more coronavirus cases in the past week than in any since the start of this outbreak. Los Angeles County has seen the most cases anywhere in the US.

More than 40,000 new cases of coronavirus were reported in the U.S. on Thursday, the largest single day increase since the pandemic began, smashing a record that had only been set the day before. California, Texas and Florida, the three most populous states, have all seen surging numbers of infections. Consequently, The New York Times reports, the White House announced that they will reconvene the coronavirus task force for a briefing today, the first since April 27.

The governors of Florida and Texas announced that they are pausing the reopening process in their states. Meanwhile, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut now direct visitors from Covid-19 hotspots to self-quarantine for 14 days if traveling to the region, NBC reports. That list of states currently includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah and Texas, based on rates of infection and percentage of tests that come back positive.

While some states are pausing re-openings, Governor Newsom has not announced any new closures or restrictions as of today.

All Californians are now required to wear face masks in public.

From The Atlantic online:

This latest phase is striking states that were relatively spared earlier, such as Texas and Arizona. Residents of the Sun Belt “face a nearly unbroken chain of outbreaks stretching from South Carolina to California,” Alexis C. Madrigal and Robinson Meyer, who helped build the COVID Tracking Project, report.

The American coronavirus pandemic is once again at risk of spinning out of control,” they warn in their latest.
 

Three resources worth revisiting, given the spike

1.See how many cases are in your state. Remember to consider the size of your local outbreak when calculating how much risk to take on.

2. Here’s a guide to staying safe as states reopen. Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should: Legal doesn’t necessarily mean safe.

3. Better understand the “patchwork” nature of this pandemic. This Ed Yong story is worth rereading: “What’s happening is not one crisis, but many interconnected ones.”

PPP Loan information:

Urgent reminder! The deadline for SBA to approve Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan applications is Tuesday, June 30. This loan program provides loan forgiveness for retaining employees by temporarily expanding the traditional SBA 7(a) loan program.

Find a lender and apply today

Pasadena COVID-19 Disaster Small Business Relief Fund Online Application Portal Opens Friday, June 26th at 5pm

Relief Fund will provide up to $10,000 grants to local storefront small businesses in Pasadena

Pasadena Community Foundation (PCF) launched the online application portal for Pasadena COVID-19 Disaster Relief Small Business Relief Fund grants on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. The Fund is a collaboration between the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, Pasadena Community Foundation, and the City of Pasadena to assist small businesses in recovering from the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis and resulting business closures, and will provide grants of $10,000 to storefront retail businesses.

Please CLICK HERE (https://pasadenacf.org/nonprofit-support/grant-programs/covid-small-business-relief-fund-grant/) to review the grant guidelines and access the application or visit the PCF website at www.pasadenacf.org. The grant application will be available starting at 5:00 p.m. on June 26, 2020. Applications will be accepted through July 10, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

The Pasadena COVID-19 Disaster Small Business Relief Fund is intended to augment federal, state, and local aid in supporting Pasadena businesses and sustaining the local economy. The City of Pasadena has seeded the fund with an initial gift of $500,000, with the goal of assisting 50 or more small businesses. The City will match all private philanthropic gifts to the fund up to $250,000, creating the potential for $1 million in assistance. The Fund will accept donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations.

Local storefront retail and restaurant businesses are strongly encouraged to apply. The fund will prioritize business owners who have not received financial assistance from federal and state-level COVID-19 relief programs, including the Paycheck Protection Program. Businesses receiving grants must be located within the physical boundaries of Pasadena. The selection process will also consider local ownership and whether businesses employ Pasadena residents. Once awarded, grant funds may be used for business-related operational costs, including COVID-19-related expenses and re-opening compliance costs.

"The Pasadena COVID-19 Disaster Small Business Relief Fund is intended to help preserve those Pasadena storefront businesses that are vital to the personality of our city’s neighborhoods and contribute to our local economy,” said Pasadena Chamber of Commerce CEO Paul Little. “We want to be sure the stores and cafés that contribute to the character of Pasadena have a chance to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“Successful small businesses and a healthy economy are critical to a thriving city, which is what PCF is always working towards,” said Jennifer DeVoll, Pasadena Community Foundation president and chief executive officer. “The Small Business Relief Fund will play an important role in reviving existing small businesses and laying the groundwork for our city’s long-term economic and social recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.”

The City of Pasadena, Chamber of Commerce, and PCF have assembled a diverse and experienced selection committee to review all applications and make recommendations for funding. PCF will administer the fund, accept gifts, and provide acknowledgement letters for tax purposes. All gifts to the Pasadena COVID-19 Disaster Small Business Relief Fund are tax deductible.

PLEASE PASS THIS INFORMATION ALONG TO ANYONE WHO MAY WANT TO APPLY FOR A GRANT.



COVID-19 INFORMATION:

Governor Newsom has ordered all persons in California to wear protective masks when in public.

The Pasadena City Council approved funding the Pasadena Small Business relief Fund with $500,000. The Pasadena Chamber and the Pasadena Community Foundation will enlist volunteer business professionals to evaluate applications and determine who receives a grant of up to $10,000. Once the application is online and live, I will send information and links to the application. The fund is intended to help locally-owned, small storefront businesses to survive the COVID-19 epidemic and business closure orders. Here is a link to more information: http://www.pasadena-chamber.org/other/pasadena-small-business-relief-fund

The Pasadena Police Department sent the following update: Protesting activity is expected in Pasadena starting Friday, June 19 through Saturday, June 20. Activity has been isolated to Old Pasadena, the Pasadena Police Station and Pasadena's City Hall. Activity is expected to occur in those areas including the Rose Bowl. No new major incidents have occurred at this time, but the Pasadena Police Department asks that you remain vigilant and contact them to report any suspicious activity. CONNECT TO PASADENA POLICE: The Pasadena Police non-emergency phone number is 626-744-4241. For life threatening emergencies, please dial 911. Please remain vigilant and if you have construction occurring at or around your business and/or property, please take the necessary steps to ensure tools and/or equipment are not left unattended or remain easily accessible if not in use.

The Pasadena branch of the NAACP and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) will hold a peaceful protest at 5 PM on Juneteenth, Friday, June 19. The group will caravan from Lot I at the Rose Bowl through the streets of Pasadena while practicing social distancing. The caravan will end at Pasadena City Hall. That same evening, Black Lives Matter Pasadena has planned a peaceful protest beginning at 4 PM at Pasadena Police Department followed by a march through Old Pasadena. On Saturday, June 20 at 5 PM, a "Free the Kids from Cages" demonstration is planned from Villa Park to Pasadena City Hall. Should you need Ambassador Guide services or would like to share or receive information, please reach out to them on 626.786.1186.

The City of Pasadena and Los Angeles County have allowed Nail Salons (and like businesses) massage therapists and bars and nightclubs to re-open. Opening protocols and procedures and updated guidance are posted here.

As of Friday, June 19, 2020, the following business types are eligible to reopen in Pasadena subject to implementation of public health protocols.

The Pasadena Public Health Department has developed guidelines for restaurants, grocery stores, and other permitted facilities that may remain open during the local state of emergency. The guidelines provide recommendations for social distancing, employee health, and disinfection of surfaces to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).


Protocols Have Been Issued - What To Do Next:  Once a Public Health Order has been revised and public health protocols have been issued, businesses generally need to do the following three things:  1. Designate an employee to be in change of planning & implementation and distribute copies of the protocols to every employee. 2. Complete and implement the Public Health Protocol Checklist. 3.Post a copy of the completed protocol and post signage as required under the protocol document.
Businesses are not required to submit the checklist to the city, nor do they need to apply for a permit (unless there has been a change in business operations that would require a permit or approval from the city).

Anytime a business has a staff person or customer who tests positive for COVID-19 (as confirmed by lab test or physician diagnosis), employers are then required to make an immediate report to the Pasadena Public Health Department. Employers must call (626) 744-6089 or email nursing@cityofpasadena.net and provide all information requested by the Health Department. 
 

GREAT PLATES DELIVERED:
LA County's Great Plates Delivered program has been extended through Friday, July 10th. Pasadena extended their program, as well.  This program provides (3) free home-delivered meals a day from local restaurants to qualifying older adults and adults over 60 who are at high-risk of COVID-19. Great Plates Delivered not only helps LA County's most vulnerable residents, but helps get local restaurants, hospitality, and transportation industries back to work. To date, this program has provided 140,000 meals to 2,000 clients across LA County. Restaurants who wish to apply through LA County in English, click here. To apply online in Spanish, click here. To learn more about this critical resource, visit  https://wdacs.lacounty.gov/greatplates/.

Those interested in applying with the City of Pasadena: Call 626-744-7311; E-mail: greatplatesdelivered@cityofpasadena.net.

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020, signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020.  In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, SBA also published a new EZ version of the forgiveness application that applies to borrowers that: Are self-employed and have no employees; OR Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%.

The EZ application requires fewer calculations and less documentation for eligible borrowers.  Details regarding the applicability of these provisions are available in the instructions to the new EZ application form. 
Both applications give borrowers the option of using the original 8-week covered period (if their loan was made before June 5, 2020) or an extended 24-week covered period.  These changes will result in a more efficient process and make it easier for businesses to realize full forgiveness of their PPP loan. Click here to view the EZ Forgiveness Application. Click here to view the EZ Forgiveness Application instructions. Click here to view the Full Forgiveness Application. Click here to view the Full Forgiveness Application instructions. 



RESOURCES AND HELPFUL INFORMATION:

IF YOU NEED PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, SANITIZER OR OTHER ITEMS OR INSTALLATIONS TO MEET PUBLIC HEALTH STANDARDS PLEASE PURCHASE THOSE ITEMS LOCALLY. SUPPORT THE BUSINESSES YOU WANT TO SUPPORT YOURS!

 

Please follow the guidelines and maintain social distancing. If at all possible, when you are in public and could interact with anyone at all, please wear a mask. You can make your own. (Click here for a 'how-to') or purchase a mask through one of these links:

Here are some local resources you may need (and can support local businesses as you do):

The Print Spot is offering free Open/Closed/Taking Orders signs for any business that wants it. To pre-order, please email Paul@pasadena-chamber.org.  THESE ARE FREE FOR PASADENA CHAMBER MEMBERS COURTESY OF THE PRINT SPOT.

Download the order form here:PDF icon Print_Spot_Pasadena_Chamber_window_sign_offer_flyer_FINAL.pdf

The Print Spot can also provide 6 feet distance floor indicators, along with signs reminding emloyees to wash hands as well as traffic directional signs for those narrow hallways. These are not free but The Print Spot is always competitive. Call The Print Spot at 323-269-4218; printspot323@gmail.com www.goprintspot.com.

Please follow the guidelines and maintain social distancing. If at all possible, when you are in public and could interact with anyone at all, please wear a mask. You can make your own or purchase a mask through s number of Chamber members.

As the businesses are reopening in Pasadena and taking every effort to ensure safety and comfort of their staff and customers, I wanted to reach out and let them know that Shield48 reusable face shields are now available in Pasadena. 
 
Shield48 is a reusable face shield used as a personal protective equipment (PPE) and manufactured in Europe in cooperation with infectology and ICU specialists in conformity with the official guidelines from CDC and WHO. Each reusable face shield set includes 3 replaceable screens that can endure 100 cycles of sanitizing. Shields48 are comfortable to wear and ensure your protection all day everyday. Download the flyer here: http://www.pasadena-chamber.org/sites/default/files/media/Rose_Walk_Global_Shield48_Flyer_USA_0.pdf


Face protection can be purchased through Pasadena Chamber member Beck and Call. Click here to email for info. They can create branded PPE equipment for you and your business.

Pasadena Chamber member Stark Spirits distillery retooled to manufacture approved sanitizer. You can find all the details here to get your cleaning and sanitizing products locally.

Maintco Corp. is a woman owned Pasadena Chamber member organization located in Burbank that caters to construction, maintenance and sanitation needs of varying industries. Maintco Corp. created its Maintco Certification Program that uses OSHA-approved processes to encourage a #SaferLA as businesses reopen and operate with the recent COVID-19 related restrictions and regulations. The 5-Step Maintco Certification Program Includes: Sanitizing the Facility - Maintco technicians will deep clean and sanitize all hard and porous surfaces using CDC-approved and EPA-registered sanitizers. Installing Air Filtration - Maintco’s certified technicians will install a CDC-recommended HEPA Filtration System into HVAC units to capture 99.97% of airborne allergens and viruses. Physical Protective Barriers - Maintco technicians will install translucent acrylic barriers or sneeze guards in areas requiring close physical contact. Touchless Technology - Maintco’s certified plumbers and electricians will install motion-sensored appliances and technology (toilets, hand dryers, lighting, air conditioning, door openers, etc.) throughout the facility. Visual Reminders - Maintco technicians will distribute informational and directional signs at entrances, restrooms, and other highly frequented areas. 
Contact Lindsay via phone or email for information on how a Maintco Certification can help your business promote a #SaferLA.  Email - lindsay.hornsby@maintco.com Cell - (951) 805-3371

Pasadena Restaurateurs that may be reopening soon to help them accommodate their Social Distancing Seating when guests return.  Many will be using additional sidewalk space, portions of parking lots, patios and areas not currently used.  Dolphin Event Service's website has many useful selections on the header that help explain how a typical set-up is done.  Whether it be Vinyl fencing, lattice or hedge panels, barricades, or even stanchions, we can create areas with comfortable access/egress that will maintain the CDC and County distancing guidelines.  We offer discounted monthly rates designed especially for the Covid-19 crisis that are affordable.

M3 Office has solutions for social distancing and workplace safety. Download the info here: 

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Hello Pasadena businesses.  I would like to create and gift a free “Branding” photo session for your business.  I am looking for upto 5 Pasadena small businesses that have been affected by the Covid-19 shutdown.  I would like to highlight your business with a complete photo session which captures your business space, and yourself as a portrait.  Photographer Jerry Camarillo (multiple Images of Pasadena Photo Contest winner) wants to help promote you and your business.  Via social media and the like.  You are free to use the images as you’d like as well of course.  This is for you to show off what makes you, you and it fits into my tag line, ‘Reveal Your Awesome”. If it is a restaurant, I will shoot your space with 4 to 5 images, 3 to 5 dishes if possible, and yourself in the space.  I will also interview you about how you are moving forward post Covid.  A simple sentence or two can be enough, more is welcomed. This all serves as a small way in how I can be of service to you, and you are also helping me build a portfolia of “Personal Branding Photography”.  Its a win, win !  Thank you for your consideration, and let’s get back to business. Always grateful Jerry Camarillo Voted Best Photographer in Pasadena www.jerrycamarillophotography.com 626-375-6684

EVENT SPECIALISTS HAS A NEW PROTOCOL FOR CLEANLINESS AND ERSONAL SANITATION AT FESTIVALS AND LARGE GATHERINGS. You can find information here:  Purely_Sanitizing_for_Fesitval_Presentation_from_Event_Specialists.pdf

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Disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are now available to all LA County small business owners and nonprofits who suffered physical damage or economic injury due to the recent civil unrest that began on May 26, 2020.
What It Is Disaster assistance is being provided in the form of low-interest loans for: 1) property damage and/or 2) economic injury. Loan amounts & terms are set by the SBA and are based on an applicant’s financial condition. Interest rates can be as low as: 3 % for businesses and 2.75 % for private nonprofit organizationsWho Is Eligible
Property Damage Assistance

  • Businesses of All Sizes & Private Nonprofit Organizations: may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets.
  • SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

Economic Injury Assistance

  • Small Businesses, Small Agricultural Cooperatives, Small Businesses Engaged in Aquaculture & Most Private Nonprofit Organizations of Any Size: may apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.
  • Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

When and How to Apply Applications for Property Damage are due by August 17, 2020. Applications for Economic Injury are due by March 17, 2021. Online: applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information & download applications at disasterloanassistance.sba.gov. By Phone: interested applicants who do not have access to the internet, have limited computer proficiency or speak languages other than English may instead contact the County’s Disaster Help Center at (833) 238-4450. Multilingual counselors are standing by to assist applicants in completing the survey Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. By Mail: Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.For More Information
Please visit the LA County Disaster Help Center at lacountyhelpcenter.org for additional information, and to learn more about disaster recovery resources available to LA County business owners.Applicants may also contact the SBA via: SBA's Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center: (916) 735-1500 (Mondays through Fridays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.); E-mail: FOCAWAssistance@sba.gov; staff will answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process & help each individual complete their electronic loan application. SBA’s Customer Service Center: (800) 659-2955; individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. E-maildisastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. PLEASE NOTE: The Virtual Disaster Loan Center listed above is for Civil Unrest related assistance. The SBA will be establishing a Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center, in the future, for assistance with the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

Join the SBA Office of Disaster Assistance on Tuesday - June 23, 2020 at 11:00am (PST) to Learn about the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Loan Forgiveness. The Paycheck Protection Program continues to accept applications and provide assistance to small businesses. With various SBA emergency business resources available, we understand you have a lot of questions and uncertainty on PPP and EIDL Loan Programs and request for loan forgiveness.  If you joined previous SBA Webinars, we will be covering the latest information, providing updates, and holding a Q&A session for attendees.   Registration is not required.  Click on the Participation link below on Tuesday - June 23, 2020 at 11:00am (PST) to join the conference.

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce - BIZCON Socal is happening Wednesday, June 24th and Thursday, June 25th. BIZCON will be an event full of resources, tools, and inspiration to help navigate recovery and our new economy. You will receive strategies for operating in a pandemic environment, learn tips on taking care of your most valued assets: your employees, and discover how small business drives L.A.’s robust global economy


Join the Defense Acquisition University for an upcoming webinar in their Defense Small Business Series. Click here for more info and to RSVP. Join the webinar here.


NEEDS IN OUR COMMUNITY:

Why donate blood to Huntington Hospital?

As the only trauma center for the entire San Gabriel Valley, much of today’s medical care depends on a steady supply of blood from our generous community.  The chronically low blood supplies can affect the trauma center and the hospital’s ability to help those in need.  A donation to Huntington Hospital means blood is available for your family, friends, neighbors and community when it is needed. 
 
Unfortunately, due to the health crisis, we are unable to come to you with our bloodmobile, as it does not allow for social distancing, but you can come to us.  We are taking our community donors, half a block south of the medical campus at 800 S. Fairmount Ave.  Please call to schedule your appointment, at 626-397-5422, we welcome walk-ins, and validate parking.  However, as more donors are returning to their place of employment, we would like to make blood donation(s) more convenient for our donors.  Without the use of our bloodmobile the only way we can come to you is by holding blood drives at venues that have enough indoor space where we can set-up 3-5 beds, along with our registration, and post-donation refreshment area.   
 
We would like to enlist the support of the Pasadena Chamber’s members that have adequate indoor space and are willing to sponsor a blood drive for Huntington Hospital.  If you don’t have the adequate space, perhaps you know someone that does.  Please contact Huntington Hospital Blood Donor Center at (626) 397-5422 and ask for recruitment, we need your help!

 

5. Donate to support the Pasadena Chamber effort to give Food for First Responders. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation. 100% of funds received will be used to provide food for those staffing our urgent care centers, emergency rooms and for our first responders.

6. Other needs in the community and how you can help:

                           1. Pasadena Community Foundation is collecting donations to help local people impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic with food aid and other help. If you would like to donate to assist people in the Pasadena community, click here: https://pasadenacf.org/

                            2. Huntington Hospital is in dire need of blood donations. The need for blood is ongoing, and we now experiencing a severe blood shortage. As the only trauma center in the entire San Gabriel Valley, we rely on your generosity in order to help us keep a full supply of blood. Your support is extremely valuable as it makes a huge difference in meeting the health needs of our community.

                             In relation to the coronavirus, it is important that you are aware that blood donation is still a safe practice.  There is no evidence that this coronavirus is transmissible by blood transfusion, and there have been no reported cases of transfusion transmission for any respiratory virus, including this coronavirus. Out of an abundance of caution, please note, that if you have traveled to: *China (including Hong Kong and Macau); *South Korea; *Japan; *Italy; *Iran ;  in the last 28 days, please do not donate blood at this time.  You will be eligible to donate 28 days after your departure from any of these countries. In addition, please note that at each blood drive and our Donor Center, our employees follow thorough safety protocols, including wearing gloves, routinely wiping down donor-touched areas, using sterile collection sets for each donation, and preparing the arm for donation with an aseptic scrub.  We believe these mitigation measures will help ensure blood recipient safety, as well as staff and donor safety in reducing contact with those who may potentially have this respiratory infection. It is vital that we continue messaging to our community, the importance of blood donation from eligible, healthy donors at all times. Anyone that donates blood at Huntington Hospital from now through the end of April will receive 2 movie tickets or a $20 gift card (Target, Starbucks, In-N-Out or Amazon).     If you are currently eligible, please contact the donor center and schedule your next donation at (626) 397-5422.   We are located at 711 S. Fairmount Avenue, Pasadena 91105.  Our hours of operation are, Monday – Thursday 9:30am to 4:30pm, Friday - 7:30 to 2:30pm.  We validate your parking.

                         Donors must be 100% healthy, have a meal before donating, be well hydrated and bring a picture ID that contains your date of birth(preferably driver license). We appreciate your continued support, especially during this challenging time with the coronavirus. Please invite your family, friends and colleagues to support us. Huntington Hospital, Blood Donor Center (626) 397-5422.

                         3. The City of Hope Blood Donor Center continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on our blood supply as well as those of other suppliers.  As the situation is evolving, there have been fewer donors due to cancelled blood drives resulting in less blood available for our patients. Over the last week we’ve experienced an even greater impact to the blood supply and there is really no substitute for donated blood.  Consequently, it has become even more important that donors like you continue to donate blood.  Individuals are not at risk of contracting COVID-19 through the blood donation process or via a blood transfusion. At this time we are only taking blood and platelet donations at City of Hope Blood Donor Center on Our Duarte Campus By Appointment Only. Visit iDonateBlood4Hope.org or call 626-218-7171. Our operators will guide you through a health screening and schedule your appointment.

                        4. Non-profits throughout our communty are suffering, as well. If you can be supportive NOW, please do so. Here is where you can find information on our non-profit members: http://www.pasadena-chamber.org/directory/index-alpha

                        5. Those wanting to donate blood through the Red Cross can click here to make an appointment.

                        6. We are very grateful for the support we have already received from community members who want to help Pasadena Highlands, our residents and staff. During this unprecedented crisis, we anticipate an increase in the shortage of medical supplies and our top priority is the safe delivery of care to our residents. We are accepting donations. If you have any of the below items or have questions about donations please reach out to me, Stephanie Walters, Executive Director by email at swalters@wqliving.com or by phone at 626-317-0160. To prevent anyone from unintentionally spreading germs during this time our community is closed off to visitors for the safety of our residents and staff. Donation items may be left on the table outside our main entrance. Here is what is needed: Personal Protective Equipment: N95 Masks-Surgical Masks-Procedure Masks-Paper Masks (with ties or elastic)-Isolation Gowns-Paper Protective Gowns. Cleaning Supplies: Disinfectant wipes/bleach wipes-Lysol. Activities: Unopened puzzles-Unopened individual games

7. Some fun things to do while staying Safer at Home.