Businesses Invited To Apply Now For Los Alamos County CARES Act Funding … Deadline Is Sept. 25

Locally owned Crowfeather Cleaning offers a 30-minute fogging to disinfect commercial spaces. Courtesy/Chamber

CHAMBER News:

Los Alamos County has $1,065,000 to award to local businesses and organizations, so take advantage of this assistance and submit your application!
Please keep in mind that the deadline is a week from today, Due by 5 p.m. Sept. 25. Questions and applications for the Small Business Grants can be sent to CARESbusiness@lacnm.us or call 505.663.1967, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is advised to email instead of call, if at all possible, for a more thorough response.
For those who missed the LACDC Zoom call earlier this week, Los Alamos County Community Development Director Paul Andrus and Chief Financial Officer Helen Perraglio gave an overview of the Business Continuity Grant application and answered questions from businesses.
The link to view a recording of the meeting can be found here. The questions that were asked during this week’s call, along with answers, were turned into the attached FAQ.
There will be another Q&A zoom call next week. Link located below.
Los Alamos Business Community Zoom Calls
LACDC continues to schedule zoom calls with speakers to discuss updates on many topics. Please register for each in advance. You may send questions ahead of time to ryn@losalamos.org.
Los Alamos County CARES Act Funding Application Q&A #2
Tuesday, September 22, 9am
United Way Campaign Kick-Off with Cindy Padilla
Tuesday, September 22, 1:30-2:30pm
NM House of Representatives District 43 Candidate Forum
Tuesday, September 29, 10am
County Council Candidate Forum
Thursday, October 1, 9am
Become NM Safe Certified in Approx. 20 Minutes!   
There is still time to get certified for your business! The virtual training can be paused and resumed at your leisure, and takes about 20 minutes total.
Once you are certified, please don’t forget to add your business/organization to the online directory (logo, description, contact info); you’ll receive a follow-up link with how to access this. You may also request a free window cling for your storefront as well, if applicable. We have noticed that certified businesses are also getting listed by city in New Mexico Magazine. Upon completion of the free program, certified businesses can access the following benefits:
  • Marketing Resources
  • Recognition as a NM Safe Certified business
  • Usage of the NM Safe Certified seal to promote business
  • Inclusion in the NM Safe Certified business directory
  • Eligible tourism businesses also receive a digital advertising credit with New Mexico Magazine (subject to availability)
  • Access to the NM Safe Certified resource toolkit
  • Participation in statewide peer learning communities to share best practices, troubleshoot common challenges, and access additional researches
Downtown Master Plan Design Workshops Sept. 21, Oct. 5
As part of the Downtown Master Plan project, the County and project team Dekker Perich Sabatini will host two virtual Design Workshops Sept. 21 and Oct. 5.
Participants can join the Zoom Meeting by logging in to Zoom at: https://zoom.us/join and entering the Meeting ID number shown below:
  • White Rock Downtown Master Plan Virtual Design Workshop, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 21 – Zoom Meeting ID: 931 2980 6920
  • Los Alamos Downtown Master Plan Virtual Design Workshop, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5 – Zoom Meeting ID: 919 9952 0379
Updates to the EDD Collateral Assistance Program Webinar
Info for Lenders and Borrowers
Sept. 23, 1:30-2:30pm
EDD is hosting a webinar to inform lenders and borrowers of recent updates to the CAP. EDD can pledge cash to cover a collateral shortfall of a commercial loan to enable financing that otherwise might not be available to a small business. The program is focused on assisting underserved markets including owners of color, veterans, women, and businesses located in rural areas. The program also places focus on assisting businesses within the governor’s 9 target industries.
More than 20 lending organizations participate in the program across the state. Lenders must be enrolled in the program to participate. For more information on CAP… register for the Webinar. For more information contact Johanna.nelson@state.nm.us, (505) 469-6204
New Mexico Tourism Department Events
Tourism business and attraction owners and managers in northern New Mexico are encouraged to attend the following three FREE virtual sessions hosted by the New Mexico Tourism Department and the New Mexico Hospitality Association and focused on gathering and addressing your questions and concerns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sept. 23 NM Tourism Department Tourism Town Hall
On September 23, the New Mexico Tourism Department, alongside the New Mexico Hospitality Association, will be hosting a virtual town hall to provide members of the tourism industry in the North Central region with the opportunity to elevate pressing questions and concerns with NMTD leadership.
NMTD will have the opportunity to hear directly from constituents about the pandemic’s impact on the regional tourism economy and address questions and concerns about recovery.
Wednesday, September 23, 11am-Noon Register Here
Oct. 6 Future of Tourism Summit 
On October 6, the New Mexico Tourism Department, in collaboration with tourism industry partners throughout New Mexico and the United States, will be hosting a full-day, solution-focused virtual summit to discuss challenges facing the tourism industry and opportunities to support recovery.
Hear from thought leaders and decision-makers on how we can work together to position New Mexico for a strong recovery through tourism.
Tuesday, October 6, 8:30am-4pm Register Here
Oct. 27 Free Small Business Resiliency Virtual Workshop
On Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 9am-4:45pm the New Mexico Tourism Department and New Mexico’s Small Business Development Center are joining forces to bring you a FREE virtual workshop focused on helping partners weather the COVID-19 storm. During this virtual event, business owners will:
  • Learn the projected short- and long-term economic scenarios for New Mexico’s tourism economy
  • Engage in open discussions with expert panelist for how to best manage existing capital, improve operations, and make decisions
  • Schedule 1:1 confidential consultations with SBDC’s Finance Development Team to develop the best strategy for your business, employees, and assets
  • Forecast the most beneficial outcomes for your business in response to the long-term economic effects of the pandemic
Register Here or contact Holly.Kelley@state.nm.us with any questions.    
Science On Tap
Monday, Sept, 21, 5:30-7pm
Join the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District in welcoming Sanna Sevanto of the Lab’s Earth System Observations group for the Museum’s first virtual Science On Tap.
Sanna will discuss how pathogenic microbes can have a large influence on the well-being of their hosts. To join the Bradbury’s first virtual Science On Tap, please register here on Webex or use this link: https://bit.ly/2ZI9TYJ.
The Science On Tap series begins with an informal 10-15 minute topic introduction by the speaker followed by a lively group discussion. The series is a way for people to learn about leading-edge research happening right here in Los Alamos and for community members to engage Lab scientists and researchers in conversations about their work.
Virtual Science On Tap is sponsored by the Bradbury Science Museum in partnership with the Los Alamos Creative District. More information about Science On Tap and other Bradbury programs and events can be found at https://www.lanl.gov/museum/events. More information about the entire On Tap discussion series can be found by visiting www.CreativeLosAlamos.com or by following the Creative District Facebook or lnstagram channels.
Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet & Halloweekend 2020 
In light of COVID, Los Alamos MainStreet will not be hosting Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet this year. We are still pursuing other safe Halloweekend activities, however, including the Pumpkin Glow (with COVID-safe modifications). More updates will be communicated soon. You will be able to view the schedule at www.LosAlamosMainStreet.com/events/Halloweekend.
CHAMBER MEMBER (& OTHER) NEWS
Crowfeather Cleaning Offers COVID Disinfecting
Should the need occur, Crowfeather Cleaning offers fogging to disinfect commercial spaces. This service is hourly at $60 per hour, and depending on the size of the space is a 1-2 hour service. Locally owned and operated, Crowfeather Cleaning offers commercial general cleaning, floor, carpet, and window cleaning services, as well as their CleanSpace fogging. Contact owner-operator Anna Froman at anna@crowfeathercleaning.com or (505) 234-6723 for your free consultation
Petree Garden Center & Florist is Expanding!
After assessing the needs of their faithful customer base and the community at large, Petree Garden Center & Florist has thoughtfully expanded their gift line. They started with items previously found at CB Fox and added lots of new handmade items purchased directly from the makers. This includes jewelry and accessories, fun fashion sox and indulgent handcrafted bath products. They added a full offering of quality teas, mugs, greeting cards and chocolates, all made by US artisans. They also now offer gift packaging. So when you come in for a last-minute gift, they have everything you need. If you aren’t able to come in and shop you can order by phone and they will deliver your gift purchase, for free. You can now order on trend gift baskets, DIY Kits and flower subscription boxes for delivery. Know someone who loves succulents or tea or pets? They have terrarium kits, tea baskets & pet lover’s seed kits all customizable and lovingly packaged and delivered! Ever wanted to try your hand at flower arranging? Try the flower subscription box and learn a new hobby. Petree Garden Center & Florist, your new local source for gift and decor, in store, curbside or delivered, here all year! 505-257-6030 Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm. petreegardencenter.com and follow us on Facebook for all the dirt on new arrivals. Laural Hardin, GM petreegardencenter@gmail.com
2470 East Road.
Los Alamos-Japan Institute Launches New Webinar Series
The Los Alamos-Japan Institute announced that it is launching LAJI Global Conversations, a new webinar series featuring Clifton Truman Daniel in conversation with thought leaders and change makers 75 years after his grandfather, President Harry S. Truman, authorized the use of atomic weapons against Japan.
LAJI Global Conversations kicks off on October 15, at 5pm featuring Masahiro Sasaki, Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor and brother of Sadako Sasaki, whose actions sparked a peace movement. Join Masahiro and Clifton in a conversation about the significance of origami paper cranes, their place in Sadako’s life and Masahiro’s vision for their role in global reconciliation. Masahiro Sasaki and Clifton Truman Daniel serve as co-chairs of the LAJI Advisory Board. For more information and to register visit www.laji.us or contact LAJI Director Judith Stauber, judith@laji.us. Cosponsored with the Paper Crane Foundation.
Let us know how the Chamber can help you
Please keep us updated on anything your business is doing and we will help communicate this to the public. Ryn Herrmann, Chamber of Commerce Director at 505-661-4807, 505-660-1191 or ryn@losalamos.org.
Ufemia Bernal Rios, Chamber of Commerce Membership Coordinator at 505-661-4816 or ufemia@losalamos.org.
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