Category: Economic Development

New Energy Efficiency Resources for Marin Small Businesses

New energy efficient program opportunities are available for small and medium sized businesses. The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) has launched a new energy efficiency program for Bay Area businesses. Depending on the size of the businesses, there are a couple of options for participating: BayREN Business: Who: For small and medium sized businesses … Continued

Upcoming Changes to San Rafael Public Meetings

Since April 2020, City of San Rafael meetings have taken place via video conference on the Zoom platform. As an accommodation during the COVID-19 pandemic, five separate methods of submitting public comment were enabled to allow members of the public various opportunities to participate in City business while this virtual format is in place. As … Continued

Dining Under the Lights returns 3/11 – Thurs & Fri night 4th Street closure

Dining Under the Lights is returning to downtown San Rafael every Thursday and Friday night beginning Thursday March 11! Launched in summer 2020 in partnership with the Downtown Business Improvement District, the City’s Dining Under the Lights program was a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic to support our downtown restaurants and bars by enabling … Continued

Downtown San Rafael Farmers Market Postponed until 2021

Due to the lingering effects of Covid-19, the Downtown Summer San Rafael Farmers Market held on Fourth Street will not be occurring this Summer. The City of San Rafael and the Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM) look forward to resuming the market in 2021. We will miss seeing everyone’s smiling (masked) faces this summer! However, … Continued

Temporary Outdoor Dining & Retail Permits

We are partnering with the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Business Improvement District to support our incredible business community as best as possible. Starting next week, the latest Marin County Public Health order will allow outdoor dining and retail based on the following guidelines: Guidelines for retail Guidelines for restaurants To facilitate outdoor dining … Continued

Guidance for Curbside Retail

The County of Marin issued a new public health order today with guidance for retailers. Starting Monday, May 18, 2020, retailers will be able to reopen for curbside pick-up and delivery only. Each curbside Retailer must create, adopt, and implement a written COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan that incorporates and addresses all applicable Public Health Order requirements. … Continued

New Program Provides Free Restaurant Meals to Older Adults

State’s Great Plates Delivered program goes before Board of Supervisors May 12 San Rafael, CA – In partnership with the local community, the County of Marin plans to start participation in the State of California’s Great Plates Delivered Program, set up to support older adults who are sheltering in place, unable to access meals, and ineligible for … Continued

Fiscal Impact of COVID-19 on the City’s budget

COVID-19 is an emergency on so many levels – physically, emotionally, and financially just to name a few. The staff report being presented to City Council on Monday evening provides a brief summary of COVID-19’s impact on San Rafael as context to a larger financial response discussion. While there are many financial unknowns (e.g. will … Continued

Small Businesses during COVID-19

The majority of restrictions remain in place in light of the extended order, but let’s celebrate the re-opening of our outdoor businesses! COVID-19 has absolutely delivered a tough blow to our local, small businesses. The San Rafael Small Business COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund continues to help our small businesses stay afloat during these unprecedented times. You can help our local economy by donating to the fund, and by patronizing our businesses that remain open. Why not treat your household to … Continued

Local COVID-19 Fund Established for Small Businesses

Launch Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2020 and complete applications must be submitted Deadline: No later than 5pm (PDT) on Monday, April 20, 2020. Application Closed About the Fund A San Rafael Small Business COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund (the “Relief Fund”) has been created to help small businesses struggling to maintain cash flow and financial solvency … Continued

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