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Workshops on Targeted EIDL Advances/Grants , CalCompetes Tax Credit, Upcoming Webinars
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July 30, 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 cases of COVID-19 rising both nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their mask guidance. They now recommend that all unvaccinated persons wear masks in indoor settings and that fully vaccinated persons wear masks in public indoor settings in locations with substantial or high transmission. As of July 27, California was classified as having a substantial transmission level.

Additionally, the State of California now requires state workers and workers in health care, long-term care and high-risk congregate settings to either show proof of full vaccination or be tested at least once per week.

Vaccinations remain the best protection against COVID-19, preventing nearly all related hospitalizations and deaths. Alameda County has posted an Employer Vaccination Toolkit for businesses interested in supporting their employees in getting vaccinated.
Workshops Offered on Targeted EIDL Advances up to $15,000
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.
  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! To help eligible businesses apply, the City is hosting free, in-person application workshops in East Oakland and West Oakland. The remaining sessions are:

81st Avenue Library
  • Wednesday, August 4 at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. or 7 p.m.

West Oakland Youth Center
  • Thursday, August 5 at 5 pm, 6 pm or 7 pm   

To register for a workshop and to learn about what information to bring with you, please visit www.oaklandca.gov/EIDLAdvance

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.
Apply for CalCompetes Tax Credit
The California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to stay and grow their business in California. Businesses of any industry, size or location compete for millions in available tax credits. Applications will be analyzed based on various factors, including number of jobs being created or retained, amount of investment and strategic importance to the state or region. Since 2015, more than a dozen Oakland businesses have received tax credits of over $150 million to create quality full-time jobs.

To help businesses apply, California Competes Tax Credit Webinars will be held on Thursday, August 5 and Tuesday, August 10. An application guide and tutorial videos are also available. The application period closes Monday, August 16.
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 EIDL: Small Business Relief and Recovery Webinar
Monday, August 2, 9 a.m.
SBA
Free

COVID EIDL: Small Business Relief and Recovery Webinar
Monday, August 2, 3 p.m.
SBA
Free

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Forgiveness Workshop (Presented in Vietnamese)
Wednesday, August 4, 11 a.m. – Noon
AnewAmerica
Free

Wednesday, August 4, 1 – 3 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free

EIDL Advance Application Workshops
Wednesday, August 4, 5 p.m., 6 p.m., or 7 p.m.
City of Oakland
Free

Thursday, August 5, Noon – 1:30 pm.
Alameda County SBDC
Free                 

EIDL Advance Application Workshops
Thursday, August 5, 5 p.m., 6 p.m., or 7 p.m.
City of Oakland
Free

Thursday, August 5, 5 7:30 p.m.
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Free

Tuesday, August 10, 9 – 10 a.m.
Shasta-Cascade SBDC
Free

Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
SCORE East Bay
$40

Wednesday, August 11, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Online Reputation Management: Yelp, Google, & Online Review Sites
Thursday, August 12, 1 – 3 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free

Fundamentos de marketing por su negocio (en Español)
Thursday, August 12, 6 8 p.m.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Free

Community Conversation to Address Homelessness: Developing Successful Strategies
Tuesday, August 17, 10 11 a.m.
Oakland Chamber of Commerce
Free

Choosing Your E-Commerce Platform
Wednesday, August 18, 11 a.m. 12: 30 p.m.
Shasta-Cascade SBDC
Free        

LSE Virtual Legal Clinic
Thursday, August 19, 4 6 p.m.
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Free

Returning to Work: COVID-19 Update
Tuesday, August 24, 1 3 p.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Cómo financiar su negocio (en Español)
Tuesday, August 24, 6 9 p.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Marketing Your Services During Challenging Times
Wednesday, August 25, 1 – 3 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free
 
 

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