GO-Biz News and Updates 10.16.2020

Oct 16, 2020
GO-Biz News and Updates 10.16.2020

 COVID-19 updates and resources can be found at the one-stop website: covid19.ca.gov. Please also visit GO-Biz's COVID-19 resource website.



Climate Tech Marketplace 2020


California's IBank will present at the Bay Area Quality Management District's "Climate Tech Marketplace 2020" on October 22. This virtual, and free, event looks to connect climate technologies with potential customers and will include a technology showcase, panel discussions, bring together shovel-ready climate technologies, and much more. Register here.



Use YouTube to Grow Your Business
Governor Newsom addresses California small businesses during final "Grow With Google" event


On October 7, California's Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) co-hosted the final "Grow With Google" webinar, which featured a video message from special guest, Governor Newsom: "I just want to express respect and appreciation to all of you that are [...] taking advantage of the skills and lessons we can learn, the insights in this virtual course." Click here, or the image above, to watch the October 7 webinar and learn about best practices for creating a YouTube Channel and compelling video content that promotes your products and services and drives engagement with your brand.

The "Grow With Google" webinar series is part of CalOSBA's "Get Digital CA!" e-commerce initiative. This initiative promotes accelerators and intensive trainings to build the skills necessary to compete in an online marketplace and drive Californians to support small businesses through online shopping festivals to increase their revenues and resilience. Stay tuned for more announcements around this exciting opportunity!



Recent Action by Governor Newsom


  • Today, Governor Newsom announced the release of $30.7 million in the fifth round of awards for Homekey, California’s innovative, first-in-the-nation program to purchase and rehabilitate housing – including hotels, motels, vacant apartment buildings and other properties – and convert them into permanent, long-term housing for people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. The most recent round of Homekey awards goes to three jurisdictions for three projects totaling 210 units. The Governor made the announcement during a digital roundtable discussion where he was joined by state, tribal and local leaders focusing on the impact Homekey has had in rural communities across the state. Read more here.
  • Today, Governor Newsom announced that the President has approved California’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration to bolster the state’s emergency response to wildfires across the state and support impacted residents in Fresno, Los Angeles, Madera, Mendocino, San Bernardino, San Diego and Siskiyou counties. Read more here.



Statement on California Labor Data


Our Acting Director, Chris Dombrowski issued a joint statement following the California Employment Development Department’s (EDD) release of the state’s employment data from September. Click here, or the image to the right, to read the statement.



Let’s Make Every Day Hydrogen Day


"The simplest element on the periodic table could power more than 400 million cars, 15 to 20 million trucks, and around 5 million buses worldwide by 2050. And California is on the cutting edge of this exciting zero emission technology. This Hydrogen Day, let’s talk about how the future is already here. California stands for leadership, for being on the forefront, and our innovative spirit changes lives around the world and propels the national economy. Leading environmentally and economically means active and sustained collaboration between government, communities, and industry."

Click here, or the image above, to read a recent op-ed by Tyson Eckerle, our Deputy Director for Zero Emission Vehicle Market Development.



Celebrate Halloween and Día de los Muertos safely


Many traditional Halloween celebrations – such as parties and in-person, door to door trick-or-treating – pose a high risk of spreading COVID-19 and could put your family and loved ones at risk. Enjoy your holidays safely. For low-risk activities, read CDPH’s Guidance for Safer Halloween and Dia de los Muertos Celebrations during COVID-19.



Additional Resources


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