Monthly Archives: January 2021

Coffee Ambassador was established almost 50 years ago with one goal in mind – to provide the best complete coffee delivery and breakroom service to make coffee in your office an enjoyable experience. Their clients are as diverse as San Diego itself and include leading hospitals, high-technology businesses, law firms, manufacturing and biotechnology institutions. Companies […]

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The Department of Homeland Security announced changes to the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program effective March 9, 2021 which include: Replacing the random lottery system currently in place used to issue the annual quota of 85,000 new visas with a selection system that would favor petitions with higher salary offers. All H-1B registrants would first go […]

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The temporary restrictions on non-essential travel across shared ports of entry between Canada, the U.S., and Mexico have been extended for an additional thirty days to February 21. These restrictions continue to impact our region’s retail and tourism, industries already critically hit by the pandemic. The Chamber has called for the restrictions to be lifted […]

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The United States-Mexico Economic Partnership Act (H.R. 133) was signed into law just before the New Year. Authored by Rep. Cuellar (TX), the bill directs the Department of State to develop a strategy to further support economic ties between the U.S. and Mexico through academic and professional programs. In specific, H.R. 133 will: Encourage more […]

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Businesses are returning to familiar territory, as Governor Newsom lifted the stay at home order on Monday, indicating that the state’s numbers were beginning to decline. While this does not result in a total reopening, it does allow for San Diego to break off from the regional decision which tied our local fate to COVID […]

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Governor Unveils Budget

The state had a surprisingly good year financially, stunning the public when the Governor announced that not only was the state in the black, but it would be in a position to make significant investments into rainy day funds. More specifically, the Governor included an economic recovery package which he asked the legislature to approve […]

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A Chamber-led coalition is working to support legislation authored by Assemblymember Autumn Burke that will address new questions around the PPP loans. In short, the issue is that PPP loans were used to pay for expenses that are traditionally deductible at the state and federal levels. Federal guidance has confirmed this to be the case […]

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LEADers On The Move

We enjoy seeing what our graduates are doing and how they are making an impact on the world. Share your good news with us via email: lead@sdchamber.org. The following LEAD graduates have been (re)elected to serve in office:  Scott Peters (95) – reelected to Congress Nora Vargas (06) – elected to County Board of Supervisors […]

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