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Targeted EIDL Advances/Grants Workshops, Doing Business with the City Workshop, CalCompetes Tax Credit, Upcoming Webinars
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July 23, 2021

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This is an update from the City of Oakland’s Economic & Workforce Development Department (EWDD) for businesses, nonprofits, independent contractors and our partner organizations who support them. These are just highlights of available resources. For information about worker benefits, grants, loans and support services available, please visit our Business & Worker Resource web page. The site is updated regularly as more information becomes available, so please check it often.
Vaccinations remain the best protection against COVID-19, preventing nearly all related hospitalizations and deaths. If you are experiencing symptoms, please visit Alameda County’s web page to find Community Testing Sites.

With cases of COVID-19 rising locally and increased circulation of the highly transmissible Delta variant, Alameda County released a joint statement on July 16 recommending that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in public places.

Workshops Offered on Targeted EIDL Advances up to $15,000
If your business or nonprofit is in a low-income area, you may qualify for up to $15,000 in federal Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) advances. These “advances” are like grants, and do not need to be repaid. You do not have to qualify for or accept a loan to receive the advances. Much of Oakland below I-580 qualifies as a low-income area!

  1. Up to $10,000 Targeted EIDL Advance if your business or nonprofit is in a low-income area, lost more than 30 percent in revenue, and has 300 or fewer employees.
  2. Additional $5,000 Supplemental Targeted Advance if your business or nonprofit is in a low-income area, lost more than 50 percent in revenue, and has 10 or fewer employees.

The Supplemental Targeted Advance can combine with original EIDL and/or Targeted EIDL Advance for a total of up to $15,000.

If you have not previously applied for EIDL, apply now! To help eligible businesses apply, the City is hosting free, in-person application workshops in East Oakland and West Oakland.

81st Avenue Library
  • Thursday, July 29 at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. or Noon
  • Wednesday, August 4 at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. or 7 p.m.

West Oakland Youth Center
  • Thursday, August 5 at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. or 7 p.m.   

To register for a workshop and to learn about what information to bring with you, please visit www.oaklandca.gov/EIDLAdvance

If you previously applied for EIDL, the SBA should contact you with details. If you cannot find that email, you can contact SBA’s Disaster Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY 1-800-877-8339) or by email at TargetedAdvance@sba.gov to request a new invite. Be sure to include your application submission number.

While the applications must be submitted in English, the SBA provides documents in different languages to help you understand eligibility requirements, fill out applications and answer frequently asked questions.
Learn how to do Business with the City Workshop slated for July 27
Oakland’s multicultural Chambers of Commerce and the City of Oakland will present a virtual  “How to do Business with the City” Workshop on Tuesday, July 27, from 2 – 3:30 p.m. Participants will learn about contracting opportunities, how to respond to City RFPs, and how to stay connected. More information and registration link at: https://www.oaklandca.gov/meetings/how-to-do-business-with-the-city-of-oakland
Apply for CalCompetes Tax Credit
The California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to stay and grow their business in California. Businesses of any industry, size or location compete for millions in available tax credits. Applications will be analyzed based on various factors, including number of jobs being created or retained, amount of investment and strategic importance to the state or region. Since 2015, more than a dozen Oakland businesses have received tax credits of over $150 million to create quality full-time jobs.

To help businesses apply, California Competes Tax Credit Webinars will be held on Wednesday, July 28; Thursday, August 5; and Tuesday, August 10. An application guide and tutorial videos are also available. The application period opens Monday, July 26 and runs to Monday, August 16.
Resources for Re-Opening
Upcoming Online Workshops & Webinars
Below is a sampling of upcoming workshops and webinars. See additional listings and check for last-minute additions at: https://www.oaklandca.gov/resources/webinars-for-businesses-nonprofits-and-independent-contractors

Emergency Preparation: How To Protect Your Business Before It’s Too Late
Monday, July 26, Noon – 1 p.m.
Mendocino SBDC
Free

Small Business Financials Bootcamp Pt. 3
Tuesday, July 27, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
NorCal SBDC
Free

How to Fund Your Business With SBA: Opportunities to Grow Your Capital
Wednesday, July 28, 10 – 11 a.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Disaster Relief Loan Updates
Wednesday, Jul 28, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
NorCal SBDC
Free

EIDL Advance Application Workshops
Thursday, July 29, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., or Noon
City of Oakland
Free

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Forgiveness Workshop (Presented in Vietnamese)
Thursday, July 29, Noon – 1 p.m.
AnewAmerica
Free

Financial Management for Small Business
Thursday, July 29, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Forgiveness Workshop (Presented in Vietnamese)
Friday, July 30, Noon  – 1 p.m.
AnewAmerica
Free

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Forgiveness Workshop (Presented in Vietnamese)
Wednesday, August 4, 11 a.m. – Noon
AnewAmerica
Free

Wednesday, August 4, 1 – 3 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free

EIDL Advance Application Workshops
Wednesday, August 4, 5 p.m., 6 p.m., or 7 p.m.
City of Oakland
Free
Thursday, August 5, Noon – 1:30 pm.
Alameda County SBDC
Free                 

EIDL Advance Application Workshops
Thursday, August 5, 5 p.m., 6 p.m., or 7 p.m.
City of Oakland
Free

Tuesday, August 10, 9 – 10 a.m.
Shasta-Cascade SBDC
Free
Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
SCORE East Bay
$40
Wednesday, August 11, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Online Reputation Management: Yelp, Google, & Online Review Sites
Thursday, August 12, 1 – 3 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free

Community Conversation to Address Homelessness: Developing Successful Strategies
Tuesday, August 17, 10 11 a.m.
Oakland Chamber of Commerce
Free

Choosing Your E-Commerce Platform
Wednesday, August 18, 11 a.m. 12: 30 p.m.
Shasta-Cascade SBDC
Free

Marketing Your Services During Challenging Times
Wednesday, August 25, 1 – 3 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free
 
 

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