Newsom Launches Website With Free Resources For Small Businesses

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Your guide to California policy and politics by Emily Hoeven

These are inauspicious times for California’s small businesses, but some help is on the way in the form of (yet another) state website.

Newsom unveiled Wednesday a new partnership between the state and some of the country’s largest corporations: a one-stop-shop website where businesses can learn about COVID-appropriate guidelines, source personal protective equipment and track down free resources from companies including Google, GoDaddy, Yelp, Slack, Salesforce, Uber, Square, UPS and Nextdoor.

The freebies include tech company give-aways like free website hosting, discounts on business products and access to possible loans. Check them out here.

Overview of the electronic Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS) for Aquatic Animal Exporters, Producers and their Veterinarians

The APHIS VS Aquaculture Team invites you to attend a ZOOM meeting on Monday, July 27 at 3 p.m. EDT for an overview of VEHCS specifically for aquatic animal/aquaculture producers, exporters and their veterinarians.  As of March 2020 all countries are now accepting some form of electronic submission for export health certificates. This ZOOM meeting will be an opportunity to hear an overview of VEHCS by Dr. Scott Squires, APHIS VS Assistant Veterinarian In Charge, Veterinary Export Trade Services, Gainesville, FL,  as well as an opportunity to ask questions.  Dr. Antonio Longo, a private veterinary practitioner, Miami, FL will also give an overview of VEHCS from a practitioner’s perspective.  Dr. Longo has successfully transitioned his aquaculture clients to the electronic system. APHIS is striving to have all export health certificates processed through VEHCS rather than routinely providing in-person endorsements at Ports, Service Centers or other locations.

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Bill calls for grant funding for projects to bolster US coastal, fishing communities

By Steve Bittenbender July 1, 2020

U.S. Representatives Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-Florida) and Don Young (R-Alaska) filed a bill in Congress on Friday, 26 June, that calls for USD 3 billion (EUR 2.67 billion) in grants funding designed to restore the country’s coastal ecosystems, including fisheries.

The goal behind H.R. 7387, titled the “Shovel-Ready Restoration Grants for Coastlines and Fisheries Act of 2020,” is to fund resilience-building projects that could help coastal communities regain jobs lost to the coronavirus pandemic.

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URGENT: Payroll Protection Plan update for vessel owners

June 26, 2020 — We at Saving Seafood have been working with the Commerce Department and the White House to address a problem with the Payroll Protection Plan (PPP) that prevented vessel owners from applying, because under the IRS code they pay crew-members via 1099. We worked closely with David Frulla of Kelly Drye, David Borden of the Offshore Lobstermen’s Association, and Pamela Lafreniere of the Port of New Bedford, who all provided a great deal of technical assistance.

The issue is discussed at length on our Saving Seafood Coronavirus information portal, https://www.savingseafood.org/coronavirus/ .

The link to go directly to the PPP section is here.

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Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loans Reopen and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Available Through June 30th, 2020

Updated guidance and deadlines for the PPP issued by SBA.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Deadline: The last day for approved applications to be submitted to the SBA under the Paycheck Protection Program will be June 30th, 2020. If you are working with a lender to submit an application for the PPP program, please ensure that the approvals are submitted prior to the close of the program. No new approvals will be accepted following June 30th, 2020 and many lenders are creating earlier cutoff dates for applicants to be sure all paperwork is finalized.

Updated Guidance: SBA has issued new guidance to PPP made possible by the signing of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (“The Flexibility Act”) on June 5th. These new rule changes cover the following provisions:

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HATCH – Episode 3

Join Hatch June 10th, 2020 at 5pm EST/2PM EST 11PM CEST. Hatch will be available online through Facebook or Youtube, questions can be in the event group or send them via messenger during the discussion.

Hatch will feature two (2) special guests from NOAA:

Paul Doremus, PhD, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Operations at NOAA Fisheries and NOAA Lead for Seafood Production and Aquaculture and Michael Rubino, PhD, Senior Advisor for Seafood Strategy for top-level insights into NOAA and their aquaculture plans.

Please submit questions early, as there are likely to be many!
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Federal Financing for Nutrient Reductions: Webinar to Cover Grants and Lending Opportunities

USDA and EPA will be co-hosting a webinar on federal grants and innovative financing options for reducing nutrients. Featured speakers will highlight financing opportunities from USDA and EPA and discuss innovative approaches for funding point source and non-point source control for nutrient reductions.

The webinar will be hosted June 12, 2019 from 10:00 – 11:30 am (Pacific Daylight Time), and is the first in a four-part webinar series featuring case studies of successful approaches from across the country for funding nutrient reductions. Space is limited. Registration is required, and can be found, along with additional information, at the following link:  waterfinancecenter@epa.gov

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