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Just-Signed Bills Offer Relief from Pandemic Hardship

Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation this week to provide relief to Californians experiencing pandemic hardship. Included in the package were bills to allocate another $2.1...

CalChamber Members Answer Oakland African American Chamber Call to Support Resiliency Fund to Help...

When the coronavirus pandemic hit last year and local small businesses struggled to survive, the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce (OAACC) launched a...

Paycheck Protection Program Resumes; SBA Vows to Improve Process

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was reopened earlier this month by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department. The...

Allies Join CalChamber Call for COVID Business Relief

The California Chamber of Commerce and nearly 200 allied business organizations representing all sectors of the economy and employing millions of California workers sent...

Governor Gives Preview of Business Recovery Plan

This week, Governor Gavin Newsom released a preview of his budget plan to help California businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor’s Equitable Recovery...

Governor Ties Lockdowns to Hospital Capacity; CalChamber Urges Congress to Help Small Businesses

Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Thursday that regions of the state will be subject to more restrictive stay-at-home orders when their hospital capacity erodes...

State Offering Temporary Tax Relief, COVID-19 Grants for Businesses

California will be offering a number of relief options for businesses impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, Governor Gavin Newsom announced this week. The Governor’s November 30...

Voters Reject Largest Tax Hike in California History

Proposition 15, the largest property tax increase in California history, was declared defeated the evening of November 11 by a margin of more than...

Days Remain to Stop Split Roll Tax Hike

With just days to go before the November 3 election, the No on Prop 15 campaign continues to highlight the problems the split roll...

Expansion of Family Rights Act to Small Employers Signed into Law

Legislation that will significantly expand the California Family Rights Act to employers with 5 or more employees has been signed into law and will...

California Legislature Fumbles Chance to Boost Economic Recovery in State

The California Legislature fumbled a chance to boost economic recovery in the state by choosing the easy path: business-as-usual. Facing the three horsemen of the...

Legislature Should Stick to COVID-19 Priorities

Despite their leaders’ vow to concentrate their attention on the pandemic and economic crises, it’s business as usual at the California Legislature. In early spring,...

More Time to Apply for Paycheck Protection Program Loans

New Deadline: August 8, 2020 Legislation signed by the President last weekend extends the deadline to apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to August...

Small Business Administration Updates: Disaster Loan Portal, Paycheck Protection Form

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced this week that it has reopened the portal for eligible applicants hurt by COVID-19 to apply for...

Federal Government Amends Paycheck Protection Program Rules

As COVID-19 began to impact businesses, the federal government resolved to help by creating the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which offers loans to help...

Factors to Keep in Mind When Rehiring Furloughed Employees

We are gearing up to restart our business soon. We furloughed several employees. Are there any concerns about rehiring? When we furloughed these people,...

State-Mandated Cyber Insurance Bill Fails Passage

Legislation opposed by the California Chamber of Commerce as an overbroad state mandate requiring contractors with state agencies to obtain cyber insurance failed to...