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Alameda County Mask Order, State Business Grant Program Re-Opens, PPP Loan Forgiveness Portal, Venue Operator Grant, Upcoming Webinars
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August 6, 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.
New County Face Covering Order
As of Tuesday, August 3, all individuals within the County of Alameda 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.

Businesses, venue operators, individuals, hosts, and others responsible for operation of indoor public settings must:
  1. Require all patrons to wear face coverings for all indoor settings, regardless of their vaccination status; and
  2. Post clearly visible and easy-to-read signage at all entry points for indoor settings to communicate the masking requirements to all patrons.

    This update comes as we continue to see rising hospitalizations primarily among unvaccinated persons due to COVID-19 in Alameda County. 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.

    Visit the Alameda County face mask webpage and the press release for more information about the Health Officer’s Indoor Face Mask Mandate.
    State Business Grant Program Set to Re-Open
    The California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program has re-opened with Round 7 for waitlisted applicants from certain previous rounds through September 16. New applications will not be accepted in this round. Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $25,000 based on annual revenue as documented in your most recent tax return.

    Round 8 for Nonprofit Cultural Institutions only will run from August 27 through September 8. Eligible nonprofit cultural institutions must complete a new application even if they already applied in previous rounds.

    The first opportunity for businesses who have not previously applied to submit a new application comes in Round 9 (September 9 through September 30). Waitlisted applicants from certain previous rounds will also be considered in this round and do not need to re-apply.
    PPP Loan Forgiveness Portal
    The SBA has launched a streamlined application portal to allow borrowers with Paycheck Protection Program loans of up to $150,000 to apply for forgiveness directly through the SBA. A borrower can apply for PPP loan forgiveness once all loan proceeds for which the borrower is requesting forgiveness have been used. Borrowers can apply for forgiveness any time up to the maturity date of the loan.

    Check to see if your lender is participating in direct forgiveness through the SBA and use the SBA’s portal to apply. The questions in the portal correspond to those asked on SBA form 3508S. After submission, be sure to monitor your application for forgiveness.

    If your lender is not participating in SBA’s portal, you must apply for forgiveness through your lender. Your lender can provide you with either the SBA Form 3508, SBA Form 3508EZ, SBA Form 3508S or a lender equivalent. Your lender can provide further guidance on how to submit the application and may follow up to request additional documentation.

    Borrowers who need assistance with direct forgiveness can contact SBA’s dedicated forgiveness call center at (877) 552-2692, Monday to Friday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. The call center can only assist direct forgiveness applicants; All other borrowers should contact their PPP lender directly.
    Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Update
    On July 22, the SBA shared information about additional funding opportunities under the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program.

    Awardees who received less than they anticipated may request an award amount reconsideration and those with declined applications can appeal the decision. Applicants who received an award at least $100 less than the proposed grant amount on their application (including appropriate deduction of PPP loans approved after December 27, 2020) are eligible for award amount reconsideration.

    Applicants who are eligible for reconsideration or were declined by the SBA for a SVOG grant will receive an email notification inviting them to opt-in to reconsideration or submit an appeal through the portal. The appeal and award amount reconsideration windows were expected to begin August 2 and August 4, respectively, and remain open for two weeks. Visit the SVOG Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

    After the two-week appeal and reconsideration period, around August 23, the SBA will open the program for supplemental SVOG grants for 50% of the original award amount, up to a total SVOG award (initial and supplemental) of $10 million.

    Funds remain available. If you have not already applied and were impacted by COVID-19, eligible live venue operators or promoters, theatrical producers, live performing arts organization operators, museum operators, motion picture theater operators (including owners) and talent representatives are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. To-date, 32 Oakland-based venues, performing arts organization and other eligible applicants have been approved for more than $17.2 million in grants.
    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

    Business Recovery Series: Common Scams Targeting Small Business
    Tuesday, August 10, 9 – 10 a.m.
    Shasta-Cascade SBDC
    Free

    Can You Afford to Pay Ransom for Your Data? Learn About Cybersecurity NOW!
    Tuesday, August 10, 10 – 11 a.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

    Updates from the SBA on Small Business Microloans
    Tuesday, August 10, 11 a.m. –Noon
    Small Business Majority
    Free

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

    Payroll Protection Program:  Time to Get Your Forgiveness Application Ready!
    Wednesday, August 11, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

    Is NOT having a Website Costing You Money? Create One Yourself! (Part 1)
    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

    COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Are They Right for You?!
    Tuesday, August 17, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

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

    Need Employees?! Practical Solutions for this Small Business Challenge
    Wednesday, August 18, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

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

    Is NOT Having a Website Costing You Money? Create One Yourself! (Part 1)
    Thursday, August 19, 2 – 3 p.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

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

    Payroll Protection Program:  Time to Get Your Forgiveness Application Ready!
    Friday, August 20, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    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

    Can You Afford to Pay Ransom for Your Data? Learn About Cybersecurity NOW!
    Wednesday, August 25, 1:30 PM – 2:30 p.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

    Need Employees?! Practical Solutions for this Small Business Challenge
    Thursday, August 26, 1 – 2 p.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

    COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Are They Right for You?!
    Thursday, August 26, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

    CA Relief Grant: Get Ready for the Next Open Round!
    Monday August 30, 3 – 4 p.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

    CA Relief Grant: Get Ready for the Next Open Round!
    Tuesday, August 31, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free
     
     

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