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Tulare County Workforce and Employment Connection have put together links to sites to help you navigate your business through these tough waters for your business.
Please click on the Business Resources tab below to access the letter with the links for your business needs.
If we can be of further assistance you can call the office at 591-2707 Office hours are reduced and we are adhering to the State Order for Non-Essential Businesses, limiting public access at this time. You may also call Sandy Sills - cell phone (559) 972-3873.
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Open Gate Thrift Shop and Boutique
Norma Godinez, Store Manager and Cheryl Jackson, Executive Director, gave us a tour of their newly remodeled store. The ministry had been planning and preparing for a much needed new roof and a remodel of the store. Taking advantage of the COVID-19 closure and utilizing fixtures acquired with the closure of Payless Shoes and Sears for pennies on the dollar, some fresh paint , new flooring, and changing the layout, the store has been transformed to Open Gate Thrift Store and Boutique.
Open Gate Ministries has been serving the community for 46 years. Vivian Martzen, founder, saw a need for food and shelter, and a need for hope among those who felt hopeless, that is how it all started in 1974. The Thrift Store sales supply one-third of the Ministries budget and provides job training for shelter residents.
The Ministry operation relies on donations and community support. If you have cleaned out closets or have items you no longer use that are in good condition, please consider donating them to Open Gate. Help support the good work that brings hope to families and continues to change lives.
Be sure and visit and check out the beautiful newly remodeled store and awesome buys.
Open Gate Thrift Shop & Boutique
129 South L Street—Dinuba
Monday - Saturday 9:30 am - 4:45 pm
Martha Pelayo, owner of Big Discount Store, was such a great host a week ago and showed us around her store during one of our facebook interviews.
It is amazing to see the wide range of products that Martha carries. Martha shared that a customer was in the store one day with her child who referred to Big Discount Store as the Mini Walmart...and trust me while they may not have the square footage, they certainly have a huge inventory of diverse items, such as household items, groceries, school and party supplies, yarn, tools, and list goes on and on.
Martha has remained open during COVID-19, having so many essential items and being in walking distance for many of her regular customers, she continues to be a blessing. She shared that supply chain issues have impacted Big Discount Store, but things are getting better.
Martha and her staff are always friendly and helpful. If they don't have something you need, Martha will order it, customer service is a priority, customers are like extended family, that is why her store continues to do well and has a loyal customer base.
Martha has been in business since 2008. She and her husband Jesus purchased the old Masonic Lodge Building and have been working on the renovation of the upstairs with hopes to someday use if for events. For now Jesus is using it for his office. Jesus is an Architect, Principal of Hedron Architecture, Design and Consulting. He was the architect for the new Dinuba Fire Station that is in the City's plans for growth.
Both Martha and Jesus are charter members of Kiwanis Bilingual, actively making a difference in their businesses and in their community. Martha is a member of the Dinuba Chamber Board. We are lucky to have them.
Big Discount Store
202 E Tulare Street
Open 7 days a week 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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We are not sure that we will get to hold our 110th Raisin Harvest Festival, but we remain hopeful that things are going to be better by the end of September. We are now accepting applications for Food and Craft Vendors. You can download the application below, if we do cancel the event, refunds will be given.
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Job Killer Bills
AB 196 (Lorena Gonzalez; D-San Diego) Establishes Costly “Conclusive Presumption” of Injury. Significantly increases workers’ compensation costs for employers by “conclusively” presuming (non-rebuttable) that contraction of COVID-19 by all “essential workers” is a workplace injury. Establishes an extremely concerning precedent for expanding presumptions into the private sector for COVID-19 issues, which the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) recently estimated will add billions in costs to California’s workers’ compensation system.
AB 1107 (Chu; D-San Jose) Massive Unemployment Insurance Compensation and Tax Increase. Would significantly raise employers’ payroll taxes to fund a 130% increase in unemployment payments just as California’s businesses are struggling to survive a pandemic-caused shutdown.
Californians to Save Prop 13 and Stop Higher Property Taxes
Special interests already qualified one measure for the November 2020 statewide ballot that would dismantle Proposition 13’s property tax protections (Initiative 17-0055) and now they are gathering signatures to qualify a second version (Initiative 19-0008). . Both measures would raise taxes on commercial and industrial property by requiring reassessment at current market value at least every three years. This type of property tax is known as a “split-roll tax” because it splits the property tax roll, assessing business property differently than residential property. Detailed comparison of both split-roll measures.
Grant Stimulates Restaurants Business and Feeds Seniors
The Tulare County EDC received a SoCal Gas grant to provide 500 nutritious meals weekly for 13 weeks to seniors within Tulare County. Meals will be delivered on Tuesdays at dinner time and are purchased from local restaurants to help stimulate the local economy. The TCEDC will match local restaurants with care facilities in their community and coordinate scheduling. All restaurants must have filed a business plan with Tulare Co. EH to be considered. If interested, visit link below for applications for senior facilities and restaurants.
SEQUOIA VALLEY EDC
SUBSIDIZED MARKETING PROGRAM
The Tulare County Economic Development Corporation, along with private sector partners, is pleased to announce the creation of a digital marketing campaign exclusive to Tulare County businesses. Due to the recent economic downturn associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, many small businesses have had to limit or completely stop their operations. With restrictions slowly beginning to ease and businesses beginning to reopen, there is a significant need to let the public know that Tulare County is open for business.
The marketing campaign includes a digital listing of a business’ operating information, contact information, and current social distancing guidelines. This listing will be available at NO COST to any Tulare County business that wishes to participate and will be circulated throughout Tulare County through the EDC, local Chambers of Commerce, and other public and private partner distribution channels. Participating businesses also have the option of taking out ads in the listing at a 50% subsidized rate. Ads will be targeted to the city or community where the business is located. If your business would like to be included in the listing click on link above.
By providing a resource that lists which businesses are open and how they are engaging their customers, both the general public and business owners alike can identify where, when, and how they can do business. The hope is that this listing will stimulate the local economy and help small businesses in our community get back on their feet. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Dinuba Chamber or Samuel Diaz at firstname.lastname@example.org.