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Remote Business Assistance, State Grants for Cultural Nonprofits, EIDL Advance Grants, Manufacturing Job Fair, Upcoming Webinars & Other Resources
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August 27, 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.

All individuals within Alameda County 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. The county’s FAQs for face covering indoors and in workplaces provides guidance on business responsibilities, including signage requirements.

Vaccinations remain the best protection against COVID-19, preventing most related hospitalizations and deaths. Alameda County has posted an Employer Vaccination Toolkit for businesses interested in supporting their employees in getting vaccinated.
Access Business Support Services at Neighborhood Libraries
Whether you’re starting a new business, expanding your business or just need business support, City staff are here to help. Through the Remote Business Assistance Center (BAC) pilot program from September 16 into December 2021, Oakland Economic & Workforce Development staff will be available for 30-minute appointments at five library locations:
  • West Oakland (every other Monday morning)
  • 81st Avenue (every other Tuesday evening)
  • César E. Chávez (every other Wednesday evening)
  • Golden Gate (every other Thursday morning)
  • Eastmont (every other Friday afternoon)

Appointments are by reservation only. To schedule an appointment, visit www.oaklandca.gov/RemoteBAC. For help scheduling an appointment, call (510) 238-7398. If you can’t make it to one our the neighborhood locations, fill out our online request form and a staff member will call or email you within two business days.
State Grant Program Re-Opens with Grants up to $25,000
Today, California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program’s Round 8 for Nonprofit Cultural Institutions Only opened and will run through September 8. Eligible nonprofit cultural institutions must complete a new application even if they already applied in previous rounds. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 based on annual revenue as documented in your most recent tax return.

In Round 9 (September 9 through September 30), businesses who have not previously applied may submit a new application. Waitlisted applicants from certain previous rounds will also be considered in this round and do not need to re-apply.

Check the webinar listings later in this email and online for upcoming workshops to help you apply for the grants.
SBA Targeted EIDL Advances up to $15,000 Still Available
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.
    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.
  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!

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.
Looking for Employees? Register for the Manufacturing Job Fair
On Friday, September 15, from 2 to 5 p.m., Bay Area Community Colleges and the Association of Manufacturers Bay Area (AMBayArea) will host a virtual job fair to connect manufacturers with jobseekers. Participating employers can review jobseekers’ resumes, chat with them in virtual “booths,” and even video chat. Job fair registration fee ranges from $50 to $500, depending on company size. Learn more or register at: https://bit.ly/2XVFacQ
Mega Event Threshold Change
On August 18, the California Department of Public Health lowered the verification threshold for indoor Mega Events to 1,000 participants. The new guidance, which takes effect September 20 and will remain in effect until November 1, 2021, requires vaccine verification or proof of negative test result within 72 hours for indoor Mega Events. Self-attestation may not be used to verify status as fully vaccinated or as proof of negative test result for indoor settings. See current Options for Providing Proof of Vaccination in the CDPH Vaccine Records Guidelines & Standards for acceptable methods of verification.
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

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

Restaurant Survival Workshop
Wednesday, September 1, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Center for Transformative Action and ROSIE Talks
Free

Planning your Business
Thursday, September 9, 10 a.m. – Noon
NorCal SBDC
Free

National Small Business Week 2021 Virtual Summit
Monday, September 13 - Wednesday, September 15, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
SBA
Free

Introduction to the Restaurant Business for Spanish Speakers
Wednesday, September 15, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free

Commercial Lease Negotiation and Eviction Moratorium Webinar
Wednesday, September 15, 3 – 4 p.m.
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
Free

Virtual Legal Services Clinic
Thursday, September 23, 4 – 6 p.m.
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
Free

Online Marketing
Thursday, October 7, 1 – 3 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free

Virtual Legal Services Clinic
Thursday, October 7, 4 – 6 p.m.
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
Free

Equitable Access to Small Business Credit
Thursday, October 14, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Free

Virtual Legal Services Clinic
Thursday, October 21, 4 – 6 p.m.
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
Free

 
 

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