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Important updates to businesses, nonprofits, independent contractors and our partner organizations
Periodically, the City of Oakland’s Economic & Workforce Development Department will send important updates to businesses, nonprofits, independent contractors and our partner organizations who support them. These are just highlights of available resources. For information on all of the support programs available, please visit our Business & Worker Resource web page.
Take the Re-opening & Recovery Survey
To help the City gauge COVID-19 impacts to your business and what resources would help as you plan for re-opening and recovery, please take our brief Business Re-opening and Recovery Survey.
Resources for Re-Opening
Visit the City’s Planning Resources for Business Re-Opening website for the latest information on resources to support re-opening, including State and local planning guidance, information on cleaning/disinfecting and workplace safety, a printable face covering sign for businesses in eight languages, and other industry-specific resources.
PPP Loan Applications Due by June 30
While there have been some amendments to the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), one thing remains the same: the application deadline is June 30, 2020.  If you have not yet applied, please do so today. This is a forgivable loan to keep employees on payroll and maintain salary levels. If you’ve already laid off your employees, this loan provides the opportunity to hire them back. If you’ve been turned down by one lender, please reach out to another participating lender today.
  ·    Use the SBA’s find-a-lender tool at www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection/find 
  ·    Checkout this roster of local partners  
  ·    Call the Business Assistance Center at (510) 238-7398

The Opportunity Fund recently received $10 million in additional Payroll Protection Program (PPP) funds from the U.S. Small Business Administration. They are doubling down on finding small businesses owned by African Americans who have not been able to access PPP Loans. To work with Opportunity Fund, call (888) 720-3215, email ppphelp@opportunityfund.org or visit https://opportunityfund.venturesgo.com/portal/borrowerapplication

Need Assistance navigating the Payroll Protection Program? Reach out to one of these local support partners.
  ·    AnewAmerica (English and Spanish)
       For an appointment, call (510) 540-7785 ext. 303 or email
ivalerio@anewamerica.org
  ·    Alameda County SBDC (Multi-lingual counselors) Can assist those without a computer
For an appointment, visit
www.acsbdc.org, email acsbdc@ohlone.edu or call (510) 516-4118
  ·    Join in one of NorCal Region SBDC’s three weekly online sessions about Disaster Loans and the Payroll Protection Program at 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  ·    Join the Small Business PPP Alameda County Update webinar from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on June 29. Register at: https://nc.ecenterdirect.com/events/46712
City Streamlines Permitting for Use of Outdoor Retail, Dining
As of June 19, the Alameda County Health Officer relaxed restrictions by reopening outdoor museums, outdoor restaurant dining, religious services, indoor/outdoor retail and outdoor fitness classes. Indoor and outdoor retail and outdoor dining are allowed at reduced capacity to ensure physical distancing and safety plans are in place.

In anticipation of outdoor dining and retail, City departments launched the Flex Streets Initiative to streamline the permitting process for sidewalk and roadway encroachments. The goal is to spur equitable economic recovery by making it easier for retailers, restaurants and other allowed businesses to use larger portions of the sidewalk, parking lanes and streets.

The City of Oakland is helping businesses meet physical distancing requirements for their customers by streamlining permitting requirements for use of:
  ·    The Sidewalk or Parking Lane
  ·    A Traffic Lane
  ·    A Private Parking Lot or Other Private Outdoor Area
  ·    A Food Truck, Trailer or Pushcart
  ·    City-owned Outdoor Property

Use the public right-of-way for extra seating, expanded merchandise displays or customer queuing. We’re also waiving permit fees. The important step is to apply for the permit before you start, even for privately owned or leased outdoor spaces – including parking lots.

See instructions for each of the five particular uses at: www.oaklandca.gov/FlexStreets

Help us gather community input on the Flex Streets Initiative. Print out and post a flyer for the text-based survey at: https://www.oaklandca.gov/documents/posters-for-flex-streets-text-survey
Reminder: Parking Meter Operations to be Restored Citywide on July 6
As Oakland businesses continue work to safely reopen under the terms of Alameda County’s shelter-in-place Order, the City of Oakland announced that it will continue supporting economic recovery and enable easier access to businesses by reactivating all parking meters citywide, effective July 6.
Metered parking is used to encourage turn-over of parking spots to better ensure availability for shoppers, both on-street and in off-street garages and lots.

When parking meter enforcement resumes on July 6, each vehicle will receive one warning ticket as a courtesy to educate the driving public of the change. After the initial courtesy warning, vehicles in violation will receive a regular parking citation. The courtesy warnings will only be given during July.  

Ongoing Business Support
A list of up-to-date resources, including information about worker benefits, grants, loans and support services for small businesses, nonprofits and independent contractors, can be found on the City of Oakland’s Business & Worker Resource web page. The site is updated regularly as more information becomes available, so please check it often. You are encouraged to: 
  ·   Take the COVID-19 Business Impact Data Survey, which services as the City’s intake pathway to request one-on-one business assistance
 
 

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