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Community Comes together to Support Folsom Businesses

Posted on: December 23, 2020

The state and local government restrictions on businesses have proven to be moving targets. Regardless of how we feel about them, they are here, and for the most part, people are complying.

The latest restrictions, eliminating on-site restaurant dining, limiting retail and other services, could not have come at a worse time for the local economy, as restaurants and retailers depend on the revenue from holiday sales to remain profitable.

Currently, retailers are open to 20% capacity, and most restaurants are open for ‘to go’ orders only.

Showing their ongoing community spirit Folsom residents and the business community have come together to help support local businesses at this dificult time.

The Folsom Chamber of Commerce has lead the way, working with the local business community, Folsom City Council and County Health Officials to keep help keep Folsom businesses open, while keeping business owners, employees and the public safe.

In addition, they have had produced several PR campaigns and videos, including, ‘Folsom, Stronger Together’, and We Support Folsom , encouraging residents to shop and dine locally.

The Chamber Gift Card Program makes it easy for you to shop from the comfort of your own home, while supporting local businesses.

The Folsom Historic District Merchants have installed the Christmas Light Promenade, featuring over 100,000 twinkling lights. The 700 Block of Sutter is closed to Friday afternoon through Mondays at 7am to allow visitors the opportunity to stroll and enjoy, while the remaining blocks remain open to make it easy to pick ‘to go’ orders from restaurants and to visit the district retailers.

Commercial Real Estate agent Kimberly Morphis, my colleague at EXP Realty, created ‘95630 Bingo’ where participants who made donations to Twin Lakes Food Bank were given bingo cards with boxes representing local businesses, checking them off as they visited, for the chance to win prizes.


The story was covered on local news, made it to MSN.com and was so succesful in bringing exposure and increased revenue to Folsom businesses that Kimberly is going to make it an annual event.

Paula Harvey of Finance of America approached me with the idea of creating a Facebook page where businesses could promote their businesses and specials, and the ‘Promoting Folsom Businesses‘ page was born. There you can find specials such as the Back Bistro’s Christmas Eve Dinner to Go.

With results and restrictions changing often, we don’t know when we’ll get back to normal, or what normal will look like.

With the help of business and community leaders, and Folsom residents, businesses may have a shot at surviving, and maybe even turning a profit.

MyFolsom is owned and edited by Steve Heard, Realtor with EXP Realty of California Inc., DRE#01368503 – You can reach Steve at 916 718 9577 or www.theheardgroup.com

Folsom Chamber of Commerce asks for Community Help

Posted on: December 7, 2020

From the Folsom Chamber of Commerce: Folsom, take action NOW! Tomorrow morning, Tuesday December 8th, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors will be voting on a proposed county ordinance that would authorize financial penalties from $500 up to $10,000 every day against residents and businesses that violate public health orders to contain the spread of Coronavirus.

Every comment matters! Send an email comment to BoardClerk@saccounty.net — in the subject box write “Agenda Item #36”.

While we share the county’s commitment to public safety, the Chamber OPPOSES the ordinance as drafted. 

Business owners have a vested interest in complying with social distancing laws. Protecting customers is good business.  

Proposed ordinance is inconsistent with the State’s contact tracing data which shows family (in-home) gatherings are a primary source ofnew COVID-19 cases – and not retail or restaurants.

Given that COVID regulations are often inconsistent and ever-evolving, the proposed ordinance is overly broad, exposing good actors to burdensome and costly regulations, and potential legal expenses/liability.

The county has other police powers to enforce compliance without burdening businesses struggling to survive a global pandemic.

You can read the details of the ordinance here.

CALL TO ACTION TODAY

If you want to make your voice heard! It is quick and easy.

1. Send an email to BoardClerk@saccounty.net – in the subject box write “Agenda Item #36” and address the email to “Sacramento County Supervisors.”

2. Make a verbal public comment during the meeting by calling in.  At 10:15am on Dec. 8, call (916) 875-2500 to be placed in queue to speak on agenda item #36.  You may be on hold for up to an extended period of time and should plan accordingly.

Join the Chamber and let the County Board of Supervisors HEAR from FolsomAct now!
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