On Monday, Dec. 21st, the Marina Chamber of Commerce held an emergency meeting for Marina businesses.

The Marina Chamber of Commerce is looking at ways we can work together to help our business community survive the crisis, disseminate information, provide resources, and collaborate on a community level. The goal of this meeting was to hear from our local business owners as to what their biggest struggles are, to hear from community leaders as to what resources are available, and to come up with a plan to help local businesses survive this next round of closures.

Here is the video recording of that meeting along with a summary just below the video.


Cal Coastal SBDC

tel:  (831) 676-2017
Cal Coastal SBDC currently provides virtual services only.

City of Marina

tel: (831) 384-3715
The City of Marina rolled out its 4th round of Business Loan for an easier application – Eligibility is no longer tied to household income

  • $15,000 per business for those that have not received a loan through previous Rounds of the Business Loan Program.
  • $5,000 per business for those that have received a loan through Rounds 1-3 of the Business Loan Program.
  • All programs are 0% Interest until 2024
  • Temporary Outdoor Use Application
  • The city hired a consultant for COVID-19 Marina Small Business Loan and Grant resources, Monica Kim
  • For all public questions and comments, write to marina@cityofmarina.org

Ideas from Monica Kim:

Working on a program to register our staff to test regularly for drive-through  COVID – showing where hotspots are and aren’t. She helps with technical issues to apply for help and speaks Korean and Japanese.

Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

tel: (831) 648-5350
Started earlier this year a business relief program and were able to raise funds to be distributed as grants to businesses in Marina, Seaside, Sand City, Big Sur, and Monterey. The grants ranged from $5000, $10,000. They had over 350 applications in May.

They also created a countywide alliance between local chambers called the Monterey County Business Alliance. Marina’s Chamber of Commerce has been invited to participate in this alliance to learn more about what the other Monterey County Chambers of Commerce are doing to help their own local business communities.

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Elizabeth Plante

I’m a freshly immigrated Canadian passionate about both physical activity and the outdoors, and where’s a better place to pursue those interests than alongside the Monterey Bay coastline? My company Monterey Bay Moves was influenced by my own Canadian experience of fitness, and I engineered our services to be close to the community and its surrounding nature. With Monterey Bay Moves it was never just about bringing a workout to those in need — it was also about developing a concept of unique outdoor training programs that would let us make the most of our unique area. I serve on the board of the Marina Chamber of Commerce as Vice-President and on the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce's Economic Vitality Committee.
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