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Local Contracting Disparities Survey, Heavy Vehicle and Equipment Funding, Vaccine Planning, Reopening Resources
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February 19, 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.

Please note there will not be an email update on February 12.
In this email: Local Contracting Disparities Survey | Funding Available to Upgrade to Cleaner-Emission Heavy Vehicles and Equipment | Alameda County Vaccine Planning | Resources for Re-Opening | Ongoing Business Support | Upcoming Online Workshops & Webinars
Local Contracting Disparities Survey
In response to the concerning statistics in the 2017 Race & Gender Disparities Study on City contracting, businesses are encouraged to complete a brief online survey by Friday, March 5 at 5 p.m. Results from the survey will help the City better understand the needs and challenges of businesses, particularly those that are Black-, LatinX-or Women-owned, that want to do business with the City of Oakland as a vendor. Those businesses that complete the survey will be added to the City’s distribution list for contracting opportunities. The survey complements the Ordinance adopted by Oakland City Council on Tuesday, February 16, which changed business size standards and established new Local Business Enterprise categories, increased local and small business participation requirements as well as established new preference program requirements for Very Small Business Enterprises (VSBE) and local businesses that produce goods (LBE-LPG).
    The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) has funding available for projects to upgrade or replace on-road vehicles, school buses, off-road and agricultural equipment, marine equipment and locomotives. Applications are currently being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for all equipment categories. Eligible project types include:
    • Equipment/vehicle replacement – replace older heavy-duty equipment/vehicles with newer and cleaner emission-certified equipment
    • Engine repower – replace older engines with newer, emission-certified engines
    • Power system conversions – convert existing equipment to operate on electric or hybrid power
    • Infrastructure – as part of an eligible equipment project, install alternative fuel or battery charging stations to support new vehicles or equipment

    To learn more about this funding opportunity, visit https://www.baaqmd.gov/funding-and-incentives/funding-sources/carl-moyer-program or contact BAAQMD staff at (415) 749-4994 or grants@baaqmd.gov.
    The current COVID-19 vaccine supply is limited, and Alameda County is following the State’s vaccine prioritization guidance. As vaccine supplies increase, you will be able to get a vaccine through a County-administered point of dispensing (POD) or your health care provider.

    Alameda County is currently in Phase 1a and 1b. To receive a notification of when vaccine might be available for you, please fill out one of these forms:

    Please note, this is NOT a registration to receive vaccine. The information you provide is kept confidential and will help Alameda County in its planning. The County will contact you with further details about where vaccines will be available when it is your turn. In the meantime, please protect yourself from COVID-19 by wearing a mask, keeping your distance from others, avoiding crowds, and washing your hands frequently.  

    You are also encouraged to contact your healthcare provider to learn about their vaccination plan and to register with the State at: https://myturn.ca.gov/

    To learn more about vaccine planning in Alameda County, please visit their website.
    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

    Cada lunes y miércoles, 6 – 9 p.m.
    California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    Sin Costo Alguno

    Cada martes hasta el 20 de Abril, 6 – 9 p.m.
    Oakland Latino Chamber of Commerce
    Sin Costo Alguno

    Tax Prep for Small Business Owners: Get Prepared!
    Tuesday, February 23, 11 a.m. – Noon
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Tuesday, February 23, 1 – 2 p.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Tuesday, February 23, 1 – 3 p.m.
    Alameda County SBDC
    Free

    Disaster Relief Loan Updates: PPP & EIDL
    Wednesday, February 24, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Wednesday, February 24, 11 a.m. – Noon
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Wednesday, February 24, 1 – 3 p.m.
    Alameda County SBDC
    Free

    Wednesday, February 24, 6 – 8 p.m.
    NorCalSBDC
    Free

    Thursday, February 25, 1 – 2 p.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Thursday, February 25, 2 – 5:30  p.m.
    Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce
    Free

    Friday, February 26, 1 – 3 p.m.
    Alameda County SBDC
    Free

    Tuesday, March 2, 9 – 10 a.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    COVID-19: How to Make Your Business Virtual
    Thursday, March 4, 1 – 3 p.m.
    Alameda County SBDC
    Free

    Tuesday, March 9, 9 – 10 a.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Tuesday, March 9, 3 – 5 p.m.
    Alameda County SBDC
    Free

    Wednesday, March 10, 11 a.m. – Noon
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Thursday, March 18, 1 – 3 p.m.
    Alameda County SBDC
    Free

    Wednesday, March 24, 9 – 10 a.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Wednesday, March 24, 3 – 5 p.m.
    Alameda County SBDC
    Free

    Wednesday, March 31, 3 – 5 p.m.
    Alameda County SBDC
    Free
     
     

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