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Remote Business Assistance, Free Youth Interns, State Business Grants, EIDL Advance Grants, Upcoming Webinars & Other Resources
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September 3, 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.
All individuals within Alameda County are required to wear face coverings – regardless of vaccination status – when indoors in workplaces and public settings, with limited exemptions. The County also recommends that businesses make face coverings available to individuals entering the business. The county’s FAQs for face covering indoors and in workplaces provides guidance on business responsibilities, including signage requirements.

Vaccinations 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.

Please note the next update email will be distributed Friday, September 17.
Access Business Support Services at Neighborhood Libraries
Whether you’re starting a new business, expanding your business or just need business support, City staff are here to help. Through the Remote Business Assistance Center (BAC) pilot program from September 16 into December 2021, Oakland Economic & Workforce Development staff will be available for 30-minute appointments at five library locations:
  • West Oakland (every other Monday morning)
  • 81st Avenue (every other Tuesday evening)
  • César E. Chávez (every other Wednesday evening)
  • Golden Gate (every other Thursday morning)
  • Eastmont (every other Friday afternoon)

Appointments are by reservation only. To schedule an appointment, visit www.oaklandca.gov/RemoteBAC. For help scheduling an appointment, call (510) 238-7398. If you can’t make it to one our the neighborhood locations, fill out our online request form and a staff member will call or email you within two business days.
Free Youth Interns to Help Your Business
Could a free intern help you to staff up and re-open your business? Oakland’s Lao Family Youth Employment Program is designed to help youth prepare for the world of work by gaining valuable skills, experiences and confidence and to become empowered in their pursuit of career, academic and personal goals. Participating employers receive 100 hours of work free to their business. The program is open to Oakland youth, ages 16 to 24. The program pays an hourly stipend of $14.36 to youth participants, including high school and college students as well as out-of-school youth. Youth enrolled in the program will receive job-readiness training and ongoing support as well as meaningful paid work experience. Virtual and in-person work opportunities will be considered. Click here to be matched with a free intern
State Grant Program Re-Opens with Grants up to $25,000
The California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program’s Round 8 for Nonprofit Cultural Institutions Only runs through September 8. Eligible nonprofit cultural institutions must complete a new application even if they already applied in previous rounds. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 based on annual revenue as documented in your most recent tax return.

Next Thursday, Round 9 opens for businesses who have not previously applied to submit a new application. Applications will be accepted through September 30. Waitlisted applicants from certain previous rounds will also be considered in this round and do not need to re-apply.

Check the webinar listings later in this email and online for upcoming workshops to help you apply for the grants offered by our partners.
SBA Targeted EIDL Advances up to $15,000 Still Available
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.
    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.
  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!

If you previously applied for EIDL, the SBA should have contacted 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.

Check the webinar listings later in this email and online for upcoming workshops on the EIDL Advances offered by our partners. Business support partners are also offering ongoing application assistance.
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

CA Relief Grant: Get Ready for the Next Open Round!
Tuesday, September  7, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Subvención de ayuda de CA: ¡Prepárese para la apertura de la próxima ronda!
Miércoles, 8 de septiembre, 11 a.m. – Noon
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Gratis

Payroll Protection Program:  Time to Get Your Forgiveness Application Ready!
Wednesday, September 8, 2 – 3 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Planning your Business
Thursday, September 9, 10 a.m. – Noon
NorCal SBDC
Free

Is NOT Having a Website Costing You Money? Create One Yourself! (Part 1)
Thursday, September 9, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

¿Necesita empleados? ¡Soluciones para este desafío de pequeñas empresas!
Jueves, 9 de septiembre, 2 3 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Gratis

COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Are They Right for You?!
Friday, September 10, 11 a.m. – Noon
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

іYa es hora de solicitar el perdón de su préstamo PPP!
lunes, 13 de septiembre, 11 a.m. – Noon
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Gratis

National Small Business Week 2021 Virtual Summit
Monday, September 13 – Wednesday, September 15, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
SBA
Free

Need Employees? Practical Solutions for this Small Business Challenge
Tuesday, September 14, 11 a.m. – Noon
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Beneficios de Préstamos de Daños Económicos Ocasionados por Covid-19 - EIDL
Martes, 14 de septiembre, 2 – 3 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Gratis

Can You Afford to Pay Ransom for Your Data? Learn About Cybersecurity NOW!
Wednesday, September 15, 11 a.m. – Noon
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Introduction to the Restaurant Business for Spanish Speakers
Wednesday, September 15, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free

Commercial Lease Negotiation and Eviction Moratorium Webinar
Wednesday, September 15, 3 – 4 p.m.
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
Free

Need Employees? Practical Solutions for this Small Business Challenge
Thursday, September 16, Noon – 1 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

¿Necesita empleados? ¡Soluciones para este desafío de pequeñas empresas!
Martes, 21 de septiembre, 11 a.m. – Noon
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Gratis

іYa es hora de solicitar el perdón de su préstamo PPP!
Martes, 21 de septiembre, 2 – 3 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Gratis

Hiring Employees: First Things First
Tuesday, September 21, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Are They Right for You?!
Tuesday, September 21, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Is NOT Having a Website Costing You Money? Create One Yourself! (Part 1)
Wednesday, September 22, 3 – 4:00 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

California Relief Grant & Loans Updates (Spanish)
Wednesday, September 22, 6 – 8 p.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Beneficios de Préstamos de Daños Económicos Ocasionados por Covid-19 - EIDL
jueves, 23 de septiembre, 11 a.m. – Noon
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Gratis

Payroll Protection Program:  Time to Get Your Forgiveness Application Ready!
Thursday, September 23, 11 a.m. – Noon
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

California Relief Grant: New Rounds 7, 8 & 9 (Mandarin)
Thursday, September 23, 2 – 3 p.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Virtual Legal Services Clinic
Thursday, September 23, 4 – 6 p.m.
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
Free

¿Pagaría por el Rescate de su Información Digital? ¡Proteja su negocio!
Martes, 28 de septiembre, 1 – 2 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Gratis

Inside Oakland: Business License Tax Blue Ribbon Task Force Updates
Thursday, September 30, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Oakland Chamber of Commerce
$15

Bay Area Capital Connections XIII: Imagining Our New Selves
Friday, October 1, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Alliance for Community Development
$35

Online Marketing
Thursday, October 7, 1 – 3 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free

Virtual Legal Services Clinic
Thursday, October 7, 4 – 6 p.m.
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
Free

Equitable Access to Small Business Credit
Thursday, October 14, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Free

Virtual Legal Services Clinic
Thursday, October 21, 4 – 6 p.m.
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
Free

 
 

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