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February 4, 2022


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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 and boosters remain the best protection against COVID-19, preventing most related hospitalizations and deaths. Alameda County has posted an Employer Vaccination Toolkit for businesses interested in supporting their employees in getting vaccinated.

Through at least February 15, 2022, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) requires masks to be worn in all indoor public settings regardless of vaccine status. Alameda County has fully aligned with the State’s mandate. At this time, everyone – regardless of their vaccination status – must mask in all indoor public settings.
Oakland Proof of Vaccination Requirements
Starting February 1, people 12 and older are required to show proof that they have been vaccinated to enter many indoor facilities in Oakland, like:

  • Establishments or events where food or drink is served including restaurants, bars, coffee houses, clubs, and banquet halls
  • Entertainment venues including theaters, concert venues, museums, and recreation facilities
  • Gyms, fitness centers and yoga studios
  • Senior adult care facilities and City senior programs
  • Large indoor events at City- and privately-owned facilities

For those 18 and older, the vaccination card must be cross-checked with the individual’s photo ID. Business were required to post a notice by January 15, 2022.

The emergency ordinance adopted by City Council, FAQs, the protocol template for businesses and other details are at: www.oaklandca.gov/VaxOrdinance.
Get Involved in the General Plan Update
Help shape the City of Oakland’s General Plan Update by participating in upcoming community meetings. This once-in-a-generation opportunity for all Oaklanders to create a visionary blueprint together that will inform policy priorities through 2045. Visit the General Plan Update web page for a roster of events and meetings and don’t forget to sign up for updates.
Take the Oakland Chamber’s Small Business Survey & Receive FREE limited Chamber membership for 2022
To better serve Oakland’s small businesses during this crucial time of COVID recovery, the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is seeking to gather data about the current challenges and ongoing impact of COVID on Oakland's small business community. Please fill out this survey (only 10 short questions!) to help ensure that programming and resources offered align with the needs of Oakland small businesses.

*BONUS*: All small (under 20 employees) brick-and-mortar businesses who complete this survey will receive a FREE limited membership to the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce for the remainder of 2022, with benefits of an online listing, promotion, access to other Chamber members, invitations to Chamber events and programming, and updates on public policy.

For questions or inquiries, please email Shifra de Benedictis-Kessner, the Oakland Chamber’s Director of Small Business and Workforce.
Commercial Electric Kitchen Rebate
To support the state’s and City’s ambitious climate goals, East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) is offering rebates of up to $17,500 to its customers who upgrade to an electric kitchen. Available on a first-come, first-served basis, the rebates cover induction and electrical materials and equipment. See the Rebate Fact Sheet and apply at https://ebce.org/commercial-kitchens/.
Commercial Eviction Protection Assistance
The Oakland City Ordinances that prevented commercial evictions of small businesses and non-profit organizations for nonpayment of rent ended in September 2021. The moratorium on residential evictions remains in effect until the end of the Local Emergency as declared by the Oakland City Council. More information at: https://www.oaklandca.gov/resources/coronavirus-2019-covid-19-business-and-worker-resources#eviction-moratorium.

Through grants from the City of Oakland, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR) continues to provide commercial lease negotiation assistance to small business owners.

See the Workshops section below for an upcoming eviction and commercial lease webinar hosted by LCCR on February 8 in three languages.
Waste Prevention Grants – Apply by February 25
StopWaste is offering grants with a total of $700,000 available in funding, for projects that focus on preventing waste in Alameda County and supporting local communities in these categories:
  • Reuse & Repair (up to $20,000)
  • Food Waste Prevention & Recovery (up to $20,000)
  • Reusable Foodware Pilot Projects ($5,000 to $50,000)
  • Surplus Food Donation Equipment (nonprofits only, up to $10,000)
  • Reusable Transport Packaging (up to $10,000)

Businesses, nonprofits and institutions are eligible for funding, unless noted otherwise. For details visit www.StopWaste.org/Grants. Application deadline is February 25, 2022.
Dining for Justice Launched
Launched January 10 by Oakland-based nonprofit Community Kitchens, the Dining for Justice program will add a “one penny for every dollar” surcharge to diners’ bills at participating restaurants to fund thousands of quality meals every month to feed Oakland’s vulnerable residents. Oakland restaurants can join the nearly two dozen businesses that are participating in Dining For Justice by committing to the restaurant pledge and by preparing community meals. When a restaurant displays the Dining For Justice logo in its window, it means that restaurant is part of the coalition working together to make sure no one in Oakland goes without hot food.
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

Virtual Lawyers in the Library
Tuesday evenings, Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons
Oakland Public Library
Free

Is NOT Having a Website Costing You Money? Create One Yourself! (Part 1)
Tuesday, February 8, 10 – 11 a.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Know Your Rights: Commercial Eviction (English, Spanish and Mandarin)
Tuesday, February 8, 3 – 4 p.m.
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Free

Financial Bootcamp Part 2
Wednesday, February 9, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Is NOT having a Website Costing You Money? Create One Yourself! (PART2)
Wednesday, February 9, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Acceso a Capital para Pequeños Negocios
Wednesday, February 9, 6 – 7 p.m.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Free

Marketing your Business
Thursday, February 10, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Planning for Profit
Thursday, February 10, 1 – 4 p.m.
SCORE East Bay
$23

COVID Impacted Businesses! Still Looking for Money?
Thursday, February 10, 6 – 7 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Legal Issues for the Small Business Startup
Friday, February 11, 9 a.m. – Noon
SCORE East Bay
$23

Is NOT Having a Website Costing You Money? Create One Yourself! (Part 1)
Friday, February 11, Noon – 1 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Future-Proof your Partnerships: Navigating the New World of Business–Nonprofit Alliances
Tuesday, February 15, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Free

Economic Incentives/Tax Credits for California Manufacturers
Tuesday, February 15, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
CMTC and the CA Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
Free

Marketing for your Small Business
Tuesday, February 15, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
NorCal SBDC
Free

Financial Bootcamp Part 3
Wednesday, February 16, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Virtual Legal Clinic
Thursday, February 17, 4 – 6 p.m.
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Free

Digital Marketing on a Budget: An Overview for Small Businesses
Tuesday, February 22, 10 – 11 a.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Using Crowdfunding to Fund New Innovations or Small Businesses
Tuesday, February 22, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Is NOT Having a Website Costing You Money? Create One Yourself! (Part 1)
Tuesday, February 22, 2 – 3 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Is NOT having a Website Costing You Money? Create One Yourself! (PART2)
Wednesday, February 23, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

COVID Impacted Businesses! Still Looking for Money?
Wednesday, February 23, 3 – 4 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Build Generational Wealth
Thursday, February 24, 6 p.m.
Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce
Free

Digital Marketing on a Budget: An Overview for Small Businesses
Thursday, February 24, 6 – 7 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Global Diversity and Investment Summit
Friday, February 25, 10 a.m. – Noon
NorCal SBDC
Free

Is NOT having a Website Costing You Money? Create One Yourself! (PART2)
Friday, February 25, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Digital Marketing on a Budget: An Overview for Small Businesses
Monday, February 28,  2 – 3 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

How to Sell at a Farmers’ Market
Monday, February 28, 2 – 4 p.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Bankruptcy Webinar (English & Spanish)
Tuesday, March 8, 3 – 4 p.m.
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Free
 
 

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