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Building a Bridge Over a Growing Chasm

The message from the Chamber at all levels to Congress: “It is time for action”. You can make our collective voice stronger by also urging lawmakers to act now.

congress On Monday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce urged Congress to reach a final agreement on a relief package that would, among other things, provide a longer bridge for the growing chasm created by COVID-19. Please consider joining with us and consider taking the following actions to help keep the pressure on Congress:

  • Send a Letter to Congress with Custom State Data: Click here to download a draft letter to send to your Congressional delegation with links to state-specific data that will help move the needle.
  • Send Letters to Congress with One Click: Please click here to send a letter to Congress demanding action now. This user-friendly tool makes it easy to send a letter to Congress with just one click.
  • Spread the Word on Social Media: Thank the legislators who have committed to pass this reform and urge others to do the same by sharing our social media graphic and the suggested language below.

“Congress: break the current impasse and pass legislation this year. American small businesses and families are counting on you #ReliefNow”

Senators Urge Governor to Designate Restaurants Essential Businesses

Several state senators including North State Republican Senators Brian Dahle and Jim Nielson sent a letter on December 11th asking Governor Gavin Newsom to qualify restaurants as essential businesses and thereby allow them to continue to operate safely during the pandemic. We applaud this effort as restaurants are significant employers in the Redding area and have been among the harder hit industries during this challenging time. Here is a link to a recent KRCR-TV story on this effort: CLICK HERE.

Update on $500 Million Grant Fund for CA Small Businesses & Non Profits

On November 30, Governor Newsom and the Legislature announced that the State would build on its ongoing support for businesses impacted by COVID-19 by providing a new package of assistance for small businesses, including tax relief (here), a recovery loan program (here), and $500 million in grants for small businesses impacted by COVID and health and safety restrictions. Read the press announcement here.

The California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate is working quickly to establish the $500 million grant program including finalizing all application and process details for grants to eligible small businesses and non-profits up to $25,000. Thank you for your patience – please be assured that you will receive information once the program is established.

The Redding Chamber will be sure to share the application with you as soon as it goes LIVE. We know that this is a critical time for many in the business community. We will continue to remain focused on bringing you the resources and information you need at this time.


Jake Mangas
President & CEO

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