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Newsletter of the Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco 
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Dear reader,
 
For a few weeks now, all of our daily lives have been affected in ways we could not have imagined. Because of COVID-19 you are working from home and cannot see your family and friends. You may be worried about a friend or relative who is ill. All of our daily routines have been affected and it is difficult adjusting to the new normal. My thoughts are with all of you.
 
Health advisories that have been implemented in the US, the Netherlands and the rest of the world have also impacted the way the consulate does its work. Yet, even under these circumstances, we are able to provide vital consular services to hundreds of Dutch travelers that needed to travel home safely.
 
With the economic uncertainty that lies ahead, we will continue to provide our economic services to Dutch and American companies, albeit in a different way. Meeting and connecting people is our core job and we have to reorient how we do our business.
 
In the coming weeks, the consulate will be working and connecting digitally even more. Our goal is to continue to offer the same services to you that we always do –and more- but online.  Some examples are:
 

  • A series of webinars with speakers from the Netherlands and the US focusing on relevant topics such as: doing business during the Covid-19 crisis, pitch training, doing business in LA, and more.
  • We can now easily be reached through a new WhatsApp account (+1-415-4201-469) by which we can give companies on-demand tailor made advice on topics that are important to them.
  • The economic department has extensive insight into the economic support plans of the various states on the west coast. This newsletter includes an overview of these measures.
  • We are available to meet with Dutch companies via videoconferencing and will communicate through social media, newsletters, blogs and more.
  • Holland in the Valley will be expanded with an online interactive platform, where mentors will coach Dutch startups and future interns will be matched with Silicon Valley companies.
  • Our consular services will continue to be provided through our consular department and the 24/7 Contact Center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • We are working on organizing digital trade missions to the West Coast and fact finding trips to the Netherlands, giving entrepreneurs the full learning and networking experience, without having to get on a plane or fight the jetlag.

In short: the Netherlands eConsulate San Francisco is open for business online  If you need any economic support or consular help, please do not hesitate to reach out.
 
Stay safe and stay healthy.

Gerbert Kunst
Consul General

Overview important Dutch websites concerning Covid-19

  • The Government of the Netherlands provides online information about the COVID-19 outbreak in the Netherlands at Government.nl
  • The 24/7 Contact Center of the Ministry of Foreign affairs can answer travel and consular questions you might have regarding the COVID-19 virus. Their contact information can be found NetherlandsWorldwide.nl
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs online Information Service keeps Dutch citizens informed about safety and crisis situations abroad. If you have not done so, please register here.
  • To support businesses in these difficult times, the Dutch government has taken measures for Dutch companies doing business in the US and for American companies doing business in the Netherlands.
 
eConsulate SF is open for business online
The Consulate General in San Francisco will unfold its services online, so that we can continue to deliver services to Dutch and American companies. This way we can continue to strengthen the ties between the Netherlands and the West Coast, without having to meet physically. Personal meetings will take place through video conference, events will become webinars and we're even working on virtual trade missions and fact finding trips.The Consulate’s Economic Department has created a WhatsApp account, for companies to easily ask questions: +1 415 4201 469.

Consul General Gerbert Kunst: “Especially in these uncertain times, it is important that we continue to support companies that have questions about doing business on the US West Coast. Under normal circumstances we would prefer to do that through meetings and events, now we offer it in our eConsulate.  Just as you are used to from us, we will support and connect you, but now online. From webinars to a virtual trade mission, we aim to help your business through these difficult times, since it’s certainly not business as usual.”
 
Please keep an eye on our social media to learn about the latest online services: Twitter @NLinSF and on LinkedIn.
Are you a Dutch business with a question about doing business on the West Coast? Just message us through WhatsApp: +1 415 4201 469.
Holland in the Valley online platform
The Holland in the Valley network will start offering an online platform, making it possible to mentor selected Dutch startups that are preparing for their next step in Silicon Valley. This 'Digital Founders Academy' will provide interactive learning, helping entrepreneurs master the difficult task of running their business.

Through the same platform, students in the Internships in the Valley program will be matched with Silicon Valley companies, and the progress of their internship will be tracked while also forming an online community for the interns. 

Gerbert Kunst: “I am very proud that we are able to continue to support the Dutch ecosystem in a digital way. Dutch startups and students are eager to learn from experienced Dutch entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. Through this Holland in the Valley platform, we offering digital mentoring and are able to continue connect the Netherlands to the Valley. I believe that digital mentoring, and later real life connections, will eventually lead even better results.”
eConsulate webinar series
Starting April 9, the Consulate will regularly organize interactive webinars on relevant topics. Participants can learn from experts and ask questions about their personal situation. The first three webinars are:

1) April 9, 8.00 AM PST: COVID-19 Implications on Trade and Markets: Government Measures & Support on the West Coast. With speakers Max Oltersdorf (California Governor's Office, GoBiz); Jan Joosten (Baker McKenzie); Arjan de Raaf (IDENRI); Gerbert Kunst (Consul General). Please register here

2) April 14, 8.00 AM PST: How to Present Yourself Online: 7 Tools to Help You Nail it in an Online Meeting. With renowned pitch coach David Becket and startup liaison Michael Dooijes. Registration to be announced.

3) April 16, 11.00 AM PST: Business in LA during COVID-19: Examples on How to Transform your Business. With speakers Sacha van der Most (HUP); Marieke Oudejans (Holland Hollywood Connection); Jeff Keasberry (NAF SoCal); Peter Post (NBSO LA). Registration to be announced.

Other planned webinars are:
  • Climate Smart Agriculture: Dairy Methane Reduction Technologies in California, Denmark, Netherlands
  • Internships in the Valley: Impact of COVID-19 for interns and companies
  • Urban Planning and Transportation: Best practices California and the Netherlands
  • Water and Climate adaptation: Nexus between California and the Netherlands
Timing and additional details are to be confirmed. Registration will be announced through our Twitter @NLinSF and on LinkedIn.

Economic effects of Coronavirus

Measures by the Dutch government

Measures to halt the Coronavirus have a major impact on businesses worldwide. To support the private sector through these difficult times, the Dutch government has taken measures. Two important websites are:

Measures in the US
 
The US federal Government, as well as state and local Governments, have taken measures, which could be applicable to Dutch businesses, active on the West Coast. Below you find an overview of these measures. Eligibility and application procedures for each of these measures may differ. Please note that this overview might not be complete as new measures may be announced. Kindly consult the local authorities to get the most current and complete details.
 
The Consulate’s economic department has a more extensive insight into these economic support plans. Please contact us by email or WhatsApp (+1 415 4201 469) to hear more details or plan a meeting via videoconference.
USA Federal - Key measures:
  • $2 Trillion COVID-19 Stimulus Package (adopted 27 March 2020)
  • Tax filing, tax relief and payment extensions
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
  • Small Business Administration Emergency Economic Injury Loans and Grants
More info to be found at SBA and US Chamber.

California - Key measures:
  • Small Business Technical assistance, help with loans, resiliency strategies and other FAQ
  • iBank: disaster relief loans, jump start loans for affected companies
  • Access to Federal SBA Disaster Loans if eligible to pay for fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable
Labor.CA, and at Q&A, including a Business.CAMore info to be found at

San Francisco - Key measures:
  • Eligibility and application procedures may differ
  • Access to Federal SBA Disaster Loans if eligible to pay for fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable
  • San Francisco COVID-19 Small Business Resiliency Fund: Businesses with between one and five employees can apply for up to $10,000 in emergency funding to help cover rent and employee salaries.
More info at OEWD.org.

Los Angeles - Key measures:
  • Eligibility and application procedures may differ
  • Access to Federal SBA Disaster Loans if eligible to pay for fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable
  • City of Los Angeles Small Business Emergency Microloan Program ($11 Million):
More info at ewddLAcity.com, including this toolkit.

San Diego - Key measures:
  • Eligibility and application procedures may differ
  • Small Business Relief Fund
  • Loan guarantee and jump start programs
More info at SanDiego.gov and Workforce.org.

Arizona - Key measures:
  • Eligibility and application procedures may differ
  • Access to Federal SBA Disaster Loans if eligible to pay for fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable
  • Microloans
More info at AZGovernor.gov and AZcommerce.comMore info at

Oregon - Key measures:
  • Eligibility and application procedures may differ
  • Access to Federal SBA Disaster Loans if eligible to pay for fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable
  • Beaverton Emergency Business Assistance Program:
More info at Oregon4biz.com and Greaterportlandinc.com

Washington State - Key measures:
  • Eligibility and application procedures may differ
  • Access to Federal SBA Disaster Loans if eligible to pay for fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable
  • Shared Work, Partial Employment, Standby programs: work-related support
More info at Governor.wa.gov

Colorado - Key measures:
  • Eligibility and application procedures may differ
  • Access to Federal SBA Disaster Loans if eligible to pay for fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable
  • Denver Small Business Emergency Relief: This program offers cash grants of up to $7,500 to businesses in industries particularly hard-hit by the coronavirus.
More info at ChooseColorado.com and ColordoBDC.org

Utah - Key measures:
  • Eligibility and application procedures may differ
  • Access to Federal SBA Disaster Loans if eligible to pay for fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable
  • Salt Lake City Emergency Loan Fund: Loan program for relief to small businesses in case of unforeseen emergency. Loan approvals will be limited during a high-volume application period.
More info at Salt Lake City and coronavirus.utah.gov, UtahBDC.org

Information for Dutch nationals in the USA

Consular Services

We advice Dutch nationals living on the West coast to follow closely the advisories from your city, county and state. For an overview of how to protect yourself and others against the coronavirus, please check the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC

The 24/7 Contact Center of the Ministry of Foreign affairs can answer travel and consular questions you might have regarding the COVID-19 virus. Their contact information can be found NetherlandsWorldwide.nl

Please stay safe, and contact us if you need consular support.

We ask Dutch nationals living the West coast to register with the information service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This way we can update you with the latest on #COVID19, consular services, travel advice, and more.
 
Please register at https://informatieservice.nederlandwereldwijd.nl
 
Due to the #COVID2019 health advisories, the Consulate General in San Francisco can temporarily offer only limited consular support.  Passports, visa and temporary travel documents (LP’s) are only issued in case of emergency.
 
Please check NetherlandsWorldwide.nl for details.
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