Have You Pivoted?

By: Madison Davis, President/CEO, Brisbane Chamber of Commerce, madison@brisbanechamber.org, 415-467-7283

As we surpass 60 days of social distancing and self-isolation, some glimmers of hope are beginning to shine through for our business community. Brisbane business BeautyFix and Brisbane chamber member Parle Enterprises (based in Burlingame) have each received one of the 100 SMC Strong grant applications. There were over 1200 applications submitted for this funding. In addition, 7 Mile House and The Burrow (Boba Guys) have reopened for business.
Pivoting in a Pandemic
However for many businesses, difficult decisions remain about how to proceed in a business climate unlike any we have experienced. The Brisbane Chamber of Commerce is calling on all consultants, CPAs, business attorneys, bookkeepers, marketing and branding specialists etc. to help our community. This is the time to give back if you are capable of offering your services free of charge to businesses who need help to survive. Please email me at madison@brisbanechamber.org or call me at 415-706-5276 if you have an expertise that our businesses can benefit from.
For others, pivoting during this time has allowed businesses to remain operational. If you have started a new business, no matter the size, and need our help to get the word out, please let us know. Some individuals have ventured into the mask making business, others have begun offering knife-sharpening services, and larger companies
in town have completely altered their product offerings in order to meet demand for products like hand sanitizer and gloves. If you or your company is offering a new service or product, we want to help you publicize your business.
Brisbane School District Oversight Committee
The Brisbane School District Board of Trustees is asking for at least one member of the business community to serve on the Citizens’ Oversight Committee. The establishment of a committee is required by Prop 39 whenever a school bond is passed in order to ensure funds are spent only on specific projects approved by the bond. The committee also reviews annual financial and performance audits and provides information to the public detailing how funds were spent. The committee is expected to meet quarterly and all interested participants are encouraged to reach out to Administrative Coordinator, Aida Gamba at 415-604-5287 or by email: agamba@brisbanesd.org for an application and other information. The deadline to apply is June 1st.
Shelter in Place Modifications
Effective May 18th, San Mateo County will move to Phase 2 of Shelter in Place in accordance with the state. Phase 2 allows the reopening of retail (curbside pickup and delivery), manufacturing and logistics operations, office workplaces, limited personal services, and outdoor museums. Each workplace has specific guidelines that must be followed in addition to these basic requirements: 1) facilities must asses the risks and develop a site-specific protection plan 2) train employees how to limited the spread of COVID-19 and how to screen themselves for symptoms 3) implement individual control measures and screenings 4) develop disinfecting protocols 5) institute physical distancing guidelines.
For comprehensive information about protocols for each workplace visit: www.covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance
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