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Targeted EIDL Advances up to $15,000 Available, Share your Feedback on these Email Updates, Commercial Eviction Moratorium Extended, New CalOSHA Orders Effective June 17, Re-Opening Resources, Upcoming Webinars & Workshops
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June 25, 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.

With the State reopening effective June 15, most business sectors returned to usual operations, with limited exceptions for Mega Events. There are no capacity limits nor physical distancing requirements for most businesses. Alameda County has aligned with the State’s Beyond the Blueprint Framework.

Testing remains important even as vaccines roll out. If you’re experiencing symptoms, please visit Alameda County’s web page to find Community Testing Sites.
Targeted EIDL Advances up to $15,000 Available Now!
March’s American Rescue Plan Act included additional aid for small businesses, including Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) advances for those located in low-income areas. These "advances" are similar to grants, and do not need to be repaid.

The Targeted EIDL Advance provides funds of up to $10,000 to businesses and nonprofits located in a low-income area that suffered a reduction in revenue of greater than 30 percent and have 300 or fewer employees. Check this map to see if you are in a low-income area. Much of Oakland below I-580 qualifies as a low-income area.

The Supplemental Targeted Advance provides a supplemental payment of $5,000 for businesses and nonprofits located in a low-income community that suffered a reduction in revenue of greater than 50 percent and have 10 or fewer employees. The Supplemental Targeted Advance be combined with original EIDL and/or Targeted EIDL Advance for a total of up to $15,000.

If you have not previously applied for the EIDL, you should apply now. You do not have to qualify for or accept the loan in order to receive the advances.

Those that previously applied for EIDL should have been contacted directly by the SBA with details on these two advances.
Final Call: Share your Feedback on the City’s Business Update Emails
After more than a year of sharing business updates via email, we want to hear from you about what is working and what we could do better. Please take a moment today to share your thoughts by taking a brief reader survey.   
Commercial Eviction Moratorium Extended
The City of Oakland’s commercial eviction moratorium conforms to Governor Newsom’s Executive Orders. His new Order halts evictions for commercial renters impacted by COVID-19 through September 30, 2021. Visit the Eviction Moratorium section of the City’s COVID-19 Business Resources page for additional information and resources, including links to recorded webinars on lease negotiations in four languages presented by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the SF Bay Area.
New CalOSHA Orders Effective June 17
With Governor Newsom’s Executive Order, the CalOSHA Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) issued on June 17 took immediate effect. Some important changes to the ETS include:
  • Fully vaccinated employees without symptoms do not need to be tested or quarantined after close contacts with COVID-19 cases unless they have symptoms.
  • No face covering requirements outdoors (except during outbreaks), regardless of vaccination status, though workers must be trained on CDPH recommendations for outdoor use of face coverings.
  • Employers may allow fully vaccinated employees not to wear face coverings indoors, but must document their vaccination status. There are some settings where CDPH requires face coverings regardless of vaccination status. In outbreaks, all employees must wear face coverings indoors and outdoors when six-feet physical distancing cannot be maintained, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Employers must provide unvaccinated employees with approved respirators for voluntary use when working indoors or in a vehicle with others, upon request.
  • Employers may not retaliate against employees for wearing face coverings.
  • Employers must evaluate ventilation systems to maximize outdoor air and increase filtrations efficiency, and evaluate the use of additional air cleaning systems.

Masks are required for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses (examples: retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, and state and local government offices serving the public). In settings where masks are required only for unvaccinated individuals, businesses, venue operators or hosts may choose to:
  • Provide information to all patrons, guests and attendees regarding vaccination requirements and allow vaccinated individuals to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.
  • Implement vaccine verification to determine whether individuals are required to wear a mask.
  • Require all patrons to wear masks.
  • No person can be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition of participation in an activity or entry into a business.
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

COVID-19 Weekly Updates Live Q&A
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Is NOT having a Website Costing You Money? Learn to Create One Yourself!
Monday, June 28, Noon – 1 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Monday, June 28, 12:30 p.m.
Pacific Community Ventures
Free

Is NOT having a Website Costing You Money? Learn to Create One Yourself!
Tuesday, June 29, 10 – 11 a.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) Update
Tuesday, June 29, 1 – 3 p.m.
CalOSHA
Free

La Receta del Éxito – Un Curso de Negocio de Comida
Tuesday, June 29, 5 – 8 p.m.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Free

SBA Resources & PPP Forgiveness
Wednesday, June 30, Noon – 1 p.m.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Free

COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) Update
Thursday, July 1, 9 – 11 a.m.
CalOSHA
Free

Returning to Sell at Festivals, Fairs and Shows
Wednesday, July 7, 9 – 10 a.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Small Business Reopening Guide
Wednesday, July 7, 1 – 3 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free

Financing Your Business Post-Pandemic
Wednesday, July 7, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Small Business Taxes
Thursday, July 8, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
East Bay SCORE
$55

Small Business Financials Bootcamp Pt. 1
Tuesday, July 13, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
NorCal SBDC
Free

Disaster Relief Loan Updates
Wednesday, Jul 14, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
NorCal SBDC
Free

Reopening Legal Issues for San Francisco Bay Area Small Businesses
Wednesday, July 14, Noon – 1 p.m.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Free

Effective Marketing Strategies to Manage Customer Pitfalls and Boost Loyalty
Wednesday, July 14, 1 – 3 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free

Small Business Financials Bootcamp Pt. 2
Tuesday, July 20, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
NorCal SBDC
Free

Small Business, Innovation, and the New Normal
Thursday, July 22, 1 – 3 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free

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

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

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