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News for Chamber

Friday, March 24, 2017
Jackie Jones is a jewelry designer who wholesales her work, handbags and accessories to retail stores. She also represents the Jackie Jones Collection at retail events, popup boutiques, charity functions and a showroom in Terra Linda. Jackie moved her business from the Peninsula to San Rafael in December 2015. Are you involved with a Chamber committee? I just joined the Chamber at the end of ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Community, General News Article, Human Interest
Thursday, March 23, 2017
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to California businesses and residents affected by severe storms and flooding that occurred Feb. 1-25, 2017, U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator Linda McMahon announced today. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Edmund G. Brown, ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, General News Article, Press Release
Thursday, March 23, 2017
AB 199 (Chu; D-San Jose) , if passed, could drastically raise the cost of housing, thereby making projects financially infeasible or exorbitantly expensive. This bill eliminates the long-standing residential exemption from prevailing wage rates, thereby making private, market-rate residential development a public work project for which a prevailing wage would be paid. Housing Cost Increases ...read more
Categories: Advocacy, Chamber
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Partnership creates symbiotic relationship that helps COM students and the environment KENTFIELD, CA—March 14 , 2017— College of Marin (COM) is one of ExtraFood’s new partners in addressing food insecurity and reducing food waste in Marin County. Although many wouldn’t think that in this affluent county there would be an issue of people going hungry, but the reality is ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, General News Article, Human Interest
Thursday, March 02, 2017
Sen. Mike McGuire announced this week that Cecilia Zamora, executive director of Latino Council of Marin, has been named Marin County “Woman of the Year.” The award is in recognition of Women’s History Month, honoring women for their commitment to advancing their communities. McGuire, D-Healdsburg, selected one woman from each of the seven counties in the 2nd Senate District. ...read more
Categories: Chamber, General News Article, Community, Human Interest
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
KENTFIELD, CA—February 28, 2017— Tomorrow a new California law goes into effect requiring that all single-occupancy restrooms be designated as gender neutral. The law requires that businesses and governments post signs on all single-occupancy restrooms designating them as non-gender specific by March 1, 2017. Introduced by democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco, the ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Education, Human Interest, Community, General News Article
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Lisa Safran is president of Improv Consultants , a San Rafael firm that helps executives and teams develop communication, leadership and collaborative skills. The company’s programs apply the principles of improvisation to support engaging and experiential learning. “I help clients identify their strengths and pain points,” says Lisa, “then create custom trainings based ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Community, General News Article, Human Interest
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
The San Rafael Police Department's surveillance camera registry allows residents and business owners to voluntarily register their surveillance cameras with the police department. Police will not have access to the camera systems, but will be aware that a camera exists when investigating a crime in or around their neighborhood. If a crime occurs in the vicinity of a registered surveillance ...read more
Categories: Chamber, General News Article, Community
Monday, February 13, 2017
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Categories: Chamber, Education, Human Interest, Community, General News Article, Press Release
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Beginning January 1, 2017, employers with 10 or more employees will be required to electronically submit employment tax returns, wage reports, and payroll tax deposits to the Employment Development Department (EDD). All remaining employers will be subject to this requirement beginning January 1, 2018. Any employer required under existing law to electronically submit wage reports and/or electronic ...read more
Categories: Economic, Chamber
Monday, January 30, 2017
Grow your company’s sales by utilizing website globalization strategies and e-commerce platforms to reach new customers worldwide. As the number of consumers with internet access soars and businesses look to source services and products online, your company can expand its B2C and B2B sales. Learn about: • Cost-effective ways to better position your firm in the international arena. ...read more
Categories: Chamber
Friday, January 20, 2017
Tim Long has been a State Farm Insurance Agent for 31 years. Along the way he’s built a strong agency, providing personalized service to 1,400 households in Marin, Sonoma and across the Bay Area. “A lot has changed in that time,” he says, “except our personal connection to our clients.” Are you on a Chamber committee? The Government Affairs Committee. It’s a ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Fun Facts, Community, Human Interest
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
President and CEO, Joanne Webster attended a Special Study Session for City Council on Prop 64- Cannabis Regulations. Click headline above to view the Live Updates on Marin IJ.com
Categories: Advocacy, Chamber
Thursday, January 12, 2017
A new federal law, aimed at making it easier for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to detect and prevent refund fraud, will accelerate the W-2 filing deadline for employers to January 31, 2017. In the past, employers typically had until the end of February, if filing on paper, or the end of March, if filing electronically, to submit their copies of these forms. In addition, there are changes in ...read more
Categories: Advocacy, Chamber
Sunday, January 08, 2017
Working Solutions has been a proud San Rafael Chamber member since 2012. The nonprofit micro lender has partnered with the Marin Economic forum to create the Marin Loan Fund. This was designed to provide capital in the form of small business loans to entrepreneurs who are not eligible for bank loans. Together, they have created a fund with over $350,000 in lending capital that has been used to ...read more
Categories: Community, General News Article, Chamber, Economic, Press Release
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
The San Rafael Chamber of Commerce as a long history of supporting education. We support programs and legislation that create a qualified and capable workforce. That is why we are supporting Measure A. It strengthens our community by protecting our future; the youngest, most vulnerable members of our community – our children. Before the Chamber chooses to support any measure we examine it ...read more
Categories: Advocacy, Chamber
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Chamber supports recent deliberation of City Council and final approval of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Ritter Center concerning operational changes at the center’s premises. Ritter Center has been a valued Chamber member since 1984 and we are very supportive of the services that they provide to the neediest in our community. However, we have recently seen an increase in the ...read more
Categories: Advocacy, Chamber
Wednesday, June 08, 2016
County Supervisor, District 2: Katie Rice County Supervisor, District 3: Kate Sears County Supervisor, District 4: Runoff between Chamber Endorsed Candidate Dominic Grossi and Candidate Dennis Rodoni ​ Measure B passed Measure D passed Congratulations to Assemblymember Marc Levine and Congressman Jared Huffman.
Categories: Advocacy, Chamber, Community, Economic, Education, General News Article, Human Interest, Political, Press Release
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
The San Rafael Chamber of Commerce announces its endorsements for the 2016 Marin County Supervisor Elections: District 2: Supervisor Katie Rice Support their campaign here District 3: Supervisor Kate Sears Support their campaign here District 4: Dominic Grossi Support their campaign here Chamber President & CEO Joanne Webster stated "the Chamber makes its endorsement for candidates that ...read more
Categories: Advocacy, Chamber
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
The Chamber has a strong and long policy of supporting programs and legislation to improve educational services, modernization of educational facilities and programs that create a qualified and capable workforce. The Chamber leadership believes that the bond measure is needed to upgrade the facilities in order to meet the growing demands of 21st century job training in technology, computers and ...read more
Categories: Advocacy, Chamber, Community, Economic, Education, General News Article, Political, Press Release
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
We met in February with Marin Municipal Water District and key community members regarding possible solutions to allocations and entitlements. The idea of a Cap & Trade program was introduced, which could lead to more efficient allocations and more favorable rates, especially in times of conservation. Monthly automatic meter reads were introduced as a possible means to help identify leaks and ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Advocacy, Economic
Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Six years ago, the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce endorsed Measure C, a City of San Rafael parcel tax ballot measure to support the City’s public library. At that time, budget constraints were seriously impacting the Library’s ability to deliver quality services. The ballot measure passed with more than 70% voter approval. Since its passage, Measure C has kept the library open for ...read more
Categories: Advocacy, Chamber
Thursday, February 18, 2016
SB 269 (Roth; D-Riverside) provides businesses that have proactively sought to become Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant with an opportunity to resolve any identified violation. It is a balanced approach between preserving the civil rights of those who are disabled to ensure their access to all public accommodations, while limiting the number of frivolous lawsuits threatened or ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Advocacy, Community
Tuesday, January 05, 2016
Chamber President and CEO, Joanne Webster testified at the City Council Meeting, Monday, January 4th encouraging council members to amend the zoning code to allow for Junior Second Units. She encouraged Mayor Phillips and Council members to pass the new zoning code without restrictions including a lot size minimum and parking requirements previosly recommended by the Planning Commission. After ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Advocacy, Economic
Friday, November 20, 2015
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Categories: Advocacy, Community, Chamber, General News Article
Thursday, November 19, 2015
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Categories: Community, Education, Human Interest, Press Release, Chamber, Economic, General News Article, Political, Advocacy
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
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Categories: Advocacy, Community, Chamber, General News Article
Friday, November 13, 2015
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Thursday, November 12, 2015
Read AB-35 here .
Categories: Chamber, Economic, Human Interest, Advocacy, Community, General News Article
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
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Categories: Advocacy, Community, Chamber, General News Article
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
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Friday, November 06, 2015
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Categories: Community, General News Article, Political, Chamber, Economic, Human Interest, Advocacy
Thursday, November 05, 2015
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Categories: Advocacy, Community, Chamber, General News Article
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
By Megan Hansen , Marin Independent Journal POSTED: 01/14/15, 6:39 PM PST | UPDATED: ON 01/14/2015 0 COMMENTS After learning about Whistlestop’s $25 million plan to build a five-story affordable senior housing and services center in downtown San Rafael, resident Dan Miller said he supports the idea, but doesn’t believe it’s in the right location. “This is just not ...read more
Categories: Advocacy, Community, General News Article, Chamber, Economic
Friday, October 02, 2015
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Categories: Chamber, Economic, Advocacy, Community, General News Article