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News from WORK:

Petaluma Economic Development Specialist and longtime coWORKer Nancy Sands popped into Coffee Social this week to give us an update on what help is out there for local businesses, freelancers, gig workers, and sole proprietors. This week will see more detailed information, but here are a few keys components for you to know about:
  1. Register on the Napa/Sonoma SBDC website and you can request a business advisor call you to help walk you through the programs. Sign Up Here to create an account and then "Join" the Napa/Sonoma location and fill out some basic business info. You will then get an email with info to set up an intake phone call with SBDC staff.
  2. Apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan & Grant program NOW, while the CARES ACT is being worked out. You may or may not be eligible, but it is worth trying. There are loans up to $2 million, as well as grants for operating expenses of up to $10,000.
  3. The new CARES Act has many exciting programs that will be available very soon, including forgivable loans to be used to keep employees on payroll, and unemployment benefits for freelancers and gig workers. We don’t know how this is going to work yet, but use this guide to learn more.
  4. The County Economic Development Board has a resource guide that lists other sources of funding, including private sector grants from Facebook and JP Morgan.
I hope this helps. I'm following this process, myself, and will share any key information as it becomes available. Nancy will be back with us next Tuesday, right after Coffee Social, to answer more questions. Scroll down to the events section for details.

And please join us for our WEEKLY VIRTUAL SOCIAL EVENTS:
Take care and don't be a stranger. :)


coWORKer Highlights:

Tammy Swanson - Helping Energetic Teenagers Enjoy Learning - Even During Shelter-in-Place
Written by Linda Jay

After 25 years of teaching, Tammy Swanson realized what she loved most about working with her students was helping them to use their creativity to learn and move their education forward. That's when she began her own business Sonomarin Tutoringgiving energetic teenagers some extra support. In these confusing times, she finds her services are really needed to ensure students are getting the help they need outside of the classroom. To learn more about how Tammy is helping teenagers learn through this period of shelter-in-place, read on....
Read this coWORKer Highlight

Events (virtually) at WORK: (see full lineup here)

Now you can join us from anywhere in the world!
Fri 4/3/20 - CLIMATE CHAT: Pass On Gas - Why the World is Phasing out Natural Gas in Buildings - VIA ZOOM!
12:00-1:00 PM PST

Cities like Petaluma, states like California and New York, and whole countries like the Netherlands are starting to phase out gas in their buildings. Director of the Building Decarbonization Coalition, Panama Bartholomy, will discuss the movement to get the fastest growing source of climate pollution in the world, natural gas, out of buildings.

You won't want to miss this! Panama is an excellent presenter and a well-known expert in his field.
See Details and RSVP
Tues 4/7/20 - Q&A: COVID-19 Business Resources - VIA ZOOM! 
11:00-11:45 AM PST

Petaluma Economic Development Specialist and longtime coWORKer Nancy Sands will be joining us on Zoom right after Coffee Social next Tuesday to give us an update and answer your questions. Jump on the call to find out the latest information on support for local small businesses, freelancers, sole proprietors, and gig workers.
See Details and RSVP
Fri 4/10/20 - STUDY HALL: MAKE A PLAN - VIA ZOOM! (2nd & 4th Fridays)
1:30-2:15 PM PST

It's simple, it's informal, and it works! Natasha will listen to your goals and help you keep the momentum going during this time of distracting uncertainty. We're modifying our Study Hall drop-in accountability group to just the first "Make A Plan" portion. "Get it Done" will be on your own. ;)
See Details and RSVP

Community Picks: 

COVID-19 Social Distancing Simulator 
By coWORKer Jeffrey Ventrella

After batting an idea around at Coffee Social, coWORKer Jeffrey Ventrella jumped in and spent the week doing what he does best: creating abstract simulators. Inspired by the graphics being used to explain exponential growth and the need to "flatten the curve," Jeffrey's simulator let's you play with social distancing to watch it's affect on transmission and hospital loads. Check it out!

Writing from Memory or Imagination Workshop
with coWORKer Nicole Zimmerman

Thursdays, April 16–May 21, from 10 AM–12:30 PM 

Nicole R. Zimmerman is facilitating this creative writing workshop series on Zoom following the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method, which uses a variety of prompts and positive feedback to just-written work to bolster our creative practice.

All genres and experience levels are welcome!

10% discount for WORK members.


  • NO FRONT DESK SERVICE - Check the Contact Us page of our website for up-to-date information about the availability of our various services. And we are checking email and voicemail regularly:  707-721-6540 
  • MAIL - For members, mail is checked and notifications sent on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

WORK Resources

  • coWORKer Directory: Looking for local professionals or just curious who goes to WORK? Check out our ever-growing Members Directory.
  • Coffee Social: Want to meet a variety of professionals and engage in a fascinating conversation? Join us for Coffee Social Tuesdays at 10 AM. 
  • Social Media: For links to recommendations that come up during Coffee Social and other insider tidbits, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
  • Special thanks to coWORKer Linda Jay, who edits my newsletters and blogs.  As she likes to say, "There is no excuse for sloppy copy!" Want some help with your writing? Check out Linda's profile

We look forward to seeing you at WORK!
Natasha, Matt, Julia, Kendra, & Jackie 

Do you have friends or colleagues who would benefit from a fabulous place to work or meet? As always, please send 'em our way or pass them a link to our website

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