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With so much uncertainty in today’s news, the only thing definite about Coronavirus is that every single business has been affected in one way or another.  We know each and every one of our members is grappling with difficult decisions and trying to decipher daily changing updates coming from healthcare and government officials.  It’s so much to deal with all at once!
Some business owners have been reaching out to us with questions and we have been gathering information from healthcare, travel and business industry experts. We’re hoping to share some helpful information here.

We’re grateful to local leaders for getting vaccines administered as quickly as possible and for advocating for increased supply. We continue to be impressed by the resiliency of our small businesses and we’re optimistic that the adaptations you’ve made now will continue to bring benefits post pandemic. Things seem to be trending in a better direction, but we encourage everyone to remain diligent with COVID-19 safety protocols. We truly believe we can remain open AND safe!

 

Bishop Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau Efforts

The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is paying close attention and adjusting our strategy regularly to optimize efforts.
  • Visitor Center is closed to walk-in guests
  • We continue to answer many telephone & email inquiries
  • Paid digital advertising has been paused, will resume in force when timing is right
  • Continuing to post and engage on social media channels with messaging that encourages future visitation
  • Working to create and publish list of restaurants & retailers offering take-out, delivery, online sales and gift cards.
    Please email execdir@bishopvisitor.com with details so we can help your business.

 

Small Business AdministrationSBA Guidance & Loan Resources

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers many forms of assistance for businesses and non-profits affected by disasters.
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Help From Your SBDC

SBDCThe Small Business Development Center at UC Bakersfield serves Inyo, Mono & Kern Counties.  They offer free consulting for small businesses on a variety of essential topics.


 

Employee & Workforce Resources

Cutting back hours, laying employees off, school closures, quarantines….it all adds up to many questions for employees and employers.
Click here to see EDD’s Coronavirus Resource Page

Adult Education

Big Steps in Local Workforce Development! Inyo County Office of Education and Cerro Coso Community College are working together to bring a new adult education center to downtown Bishop. This is excellent news for employers as the center will positively impact local workforce development. Please take a short survey to help guide the development of programs at the new “Job Spot.”


General Health and Travel Information

We encourage all businesses to stay informed and follow advice of trusted experts.

Vaccine Info

Please make sure to register for your vaccine appointment at https://www.inyocounty.us/covid-19/vaccine-information and you will be contacted when an appointment is available. Residents without access to a computer can receive registration assistance by leaving their name and phone number on 760-873-3232 and someone from Inyo County Public Health will return your call the following Tuesday or Thursday from 8 am to 12 noon.

Free PPE for Local Businesses

The Bishop Chamber of Commerce worked with Inyo County and CalOES-California Office of Emergency Services to procure hand sanitizer and masks for our region. The PPE is being distributed free of charge to any small business, church or other non-profit in any community of Inyo County. If your business is in need of masks and/or sanitizer, email execdir@bishopvisitor.com to arrange a time for pick-up or delivery.

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