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Small Business Week Events, Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grants Open May 3, Round 6 for State Small Business Grant Program, SBA’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Portal, Economic Recovery Survey, Re-opening Resources, Upcoming Webinars & Events

April 30, 2021

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Periodically, the City of Oakland’s Economic & Workforce Development Department (EWDD) 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.

For businesses vandalized during recent demonstrations, resources are posted at www.OaklandBusinessCenter.com.

Testing remains important even as vaccines roll out. If you’re experiencing symptoms or have been in close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, please visit Alameda County’s web page to find Community Testing Sites and Mobile Testing Sites.

Alameda County remains in the Orange Tier in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, and will remain there until the adjusted cases per day and the test positivity rate drop below the threshold to move to the next tier.

To help us advance to the less restrictive Yellow Tier, please continue to follow the 5 Ws to stay safer:

  • Wear a mask,
  • Wash your hands,
  • Watch your distance,
  • Wait to see loved ones,
  • When it’s your turn, get vaccinated.
In this email: Webinars, Virtual Events Planned for Small Business Week | Apply for Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grants Starting May 3 | Round 6 for State Small Business Grant Program | Apply for SBA’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Portal | Share Your Thoughts on Oakland’s Economic Recovery | Resources for Re-Opening | Ongoing Business Support | Upcoming Online Workshops & Webinars
Webinars, Virtual Events Planned for Small Business Week
From May 2 to 8, Oakland will celebrate Small Business Week more than a dozen webinars, virtual events and other activities for small business owners and entrepreneurs. From websites and ecommerce to accessing capital and attracting investment, the educational webinars are designed to help Oakland businesses survive and thrive. A virtual networking event and physically distanced marketplace round out the week’s offerings. See the full schedule and registration links at www.oaklandca.gov/SBW.
    The Restaurant Revitalization Fund includes $28.6 billion in grants for independent food service or drinking establishments – including caterers, brewpubs, taprooms, and tasting rooms – that have 20 or fewer locations (as of March 13, 2020) and are not publicly traded. Registration for the SBA application portal began on Friday, April 30. Applications will open on Monday, May 3, at 9 a.m. Pacific Time. See How to apply for more detail.

    The amount of the grant will vary depending on when the restaurant opened and the restaurant's revenue amounts but will not exceed $10 million per restaurant group or $5 million per individual restaurant. Restaurants that opened during 2020 may apply for grants to cover eligible expenses incurred. Businesses that received a PPP loan will be eligible for these grants, however, the amount of PPP loans received in 2020 will be subtracted. Those businesses that receive or have a pending application for a Shuttered Venue Operators Grant are not eligible.

    Grants may be used for:
    • Payroll and benefits (not including employee compensation exceeding $100,000/year)
    • Mortgage or rent
    • Utilities
    • Maintenance and construction to accommodate outdoor seating
    • Supplies (including PPE and cleaning materials)
    • Food and beverage expenses
    • Operational expenses
    • Sick leave
    • Other expenses

    It has been reported that for the first three weeks of the application period, SBA will prioritize grants to small businesses owned and operated by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.

    Several local partners are offering informational sessions for Oakland businesses. Find a roster of helpful webinars at: www.oaklandca.gov/resources/restaurant-revitalization-fund-grant
    Round 6 of the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program is open through Tuesday, May 4. The program offers grant awards from $5,000 to $25,000.

    Round 6 is open to current waitlisted small businesses and non-profits not selected in previous grant rounds and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria found at CAReliefGrant.com. Applicants not selected to receive a grant in previous rounds do not need to re-apply and will be automatically moved into Round 6. New applicants should apply through a partner found at CAReliefGrant.com. On-demand videos in multiple languages and application guides can help you through the process.

    Need one-on-one support? Complete the Alliance for Community Development’s support intake form for free assistance.
    The portal for the SBA’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program is live. The program will distribute $15 billion in grants to for-profit and nonprofit shuttered venues. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

    Eligible entities must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020, and include:
    Live venue operators or promoters
    Theatrical producers
    Live performing arts organization operators
    Relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria
    Motion picture theater operators
    Talent representatives

    Grant funds may be used for specific expenses, such as payroll, rent and mortgage payments, utilities, protective equipment purchases for workers, debt payments, necessary business expenses and more. Have questions? Review the FAQs or email SVOGrant@sba.gov
    Share Your Thoughts on Oakland’s Economic Recovery
    We’re proactively developing an economic recovery plan to assist small businesses in reopening and thriving as Oakland emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    To be successful, economic development strategies and plans must be built through public contributions, feedback and buy-in from people like you. To ensure that key community stakeholders have a voice and are a part of the effort, we ask that you provide candid feedback by completing a brief survey.

    After gathering community feedback, we will report on the information captured and deliver a final economic recovery plan in Summer 2021.
    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:
    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.
    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

    Sunday, May 2 to Saturday, May 8, various times
    Various Partner Organizations
    Free

    Restaurant Revitalization Fund – Program Overview
    Tuesday, May 4, 2 – 3 p.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free
      
    Restaurant Revitalization Fund – Program Overview
    Wednesday, May 5, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

    Wednesday, May 5, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Descripción del Fondo para la Revitalización de los Restaurantes
    Jueves, 6 de Mayo, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Gratis

    Restaurant Revitalization Fund – Program Overview
    Thursday, May 6, 1 – 2 p.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

    Descripción del Fondo para la Revitalización de los Restaurantes
    Jueves, 6 de Mayo, 3 – 4 p.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Gratis
      
    Descripción del Fondo para la Revitalización de los Restaurantes
    Viernes, 7 de Mayo, Noon – 1 p.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Gratis

    Restaurant Revitalization Fund – Program Overview
    Monday, May 10, 11 a.m. – Noon
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free
      
    Descripción del Fondo para la Revitalización de los Restaurantes
    Martes, 11 de Mayo, 11 a.m. – Noon
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Gratis
     
    El nuevo programa de protección de cheques de pago (PPP) - Descripción gene
    Martes, 11 de Mayo, 1 – 2 p.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Gratis        

    Wednesday, May 12, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
    Alameda County SBDC
    Free

    Restaurant Revitalization Fund – Program Overview
    Wednesday, May 12, 2 – 3 p.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

    Restaurant Revitalization Fund – Program Overview
    Thursday, May 13, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

    Descripción del Fondo para la Revitalización de los Restaurantes
    Martes, 13 de Mayo, 10 – 11 a.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Gratis

    Thursday, May 13, 1 – 3 p.m.
    Alameda County SBDC
    Free

    Descripción del Fondo para la Revitalización de los Restaurantes
    Martes, 13 de Mayo, 2 – 3 p.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Gratis

    Tuesday, May 18, 3 – 5 p.m.
    Alameda County SBDC
    Free

    The Top Marketing Funnels Every Business Needs
    Thursday, May 20, 1 – 2 p.m.
    East Bay SCORE
    $10

    Thursday, May 20, 1 – 3 p.m.
    Alameda County SBDC
    Free
     
     

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