Important updates to businesses, nonprofits, independent contractors and our partner organizations

September 18, 2020

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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.

EWDD anticipates announcing several CARES Act-funded business, arts and nonprofit grant and support programs in the coming weeks. In addition to sharing details via email updates like this one, applicants can find information on the City’s CARES Act-funded programs at:

Please encourage fellow business owners, nonprofit staff, artists and others to stay informed about new programs by subscribing to our update emails at: 

Virtual Job Fairs to Connect Employers with Job Seekers
To connect employers who are hiring with Oakland residents seeking jobs, the City of Oakland’s Workforce Development Board is hosting monthly job fairs from September to December. The dates and focus of the four virtual job fairs are:
·  Thursday, September 24: Retail, Hospitality and Essential Industries
·  Thursday, October 22: Transportation, Distribution & Logistics and Advanced Manufacturing
·   Thursday, November 19: Healthcare
·   Thursday, December 17: Information Technology

The four virtual job fairs will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. via Zoom. In addition to sharing details on how to apply for available jobs, participating businesses may conduct virtual one-on-one interviews during the fairs.

Businesses looking to hire qualified employees for their job openings, should register for the October, November and December virtual job fairs at:

If your business had to lay off staff who are Oakland residents, let them know about the upcoming job fairs and encourage them to register at:
Essential Business Support Fund and Returning California to Work COVID-19 Safety Protocol Fund is offering grants of up to $10,000 to State Fund policyholders to help defray the cost of safety expenses related to COVID-19 such as the purchase of googles, masks, gloves, cleaning supplies and services, and worksite modifications. Costs must be primarily related to employee safety. See their FAQ’s for more information. Grants are available until September 30.
Upcoming Online Workshops & Seminars
Get Your Local Business on Google Search and Maps
Tuesday, September 22, 10 – 11 a.m.

Seminario Virtual Gratuito en Español para Emprendedores
miércoles, 23 de septiembre, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Ponga su negocio local en Google Search y Maps
martes, 24 de septiembre, 10 – 11 a.m.

How to Stay Visible and Relevant in Troubled Times
Thursday, September 24, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
East Bay SCORE
Regular Price: $40; Discounted Price: $15

Increasing Customer Engagement During Challenging Times
Monday, September 28, 3 – 5 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC

Restaurant Current Best Practices During COVID
Tuesday, September 29, 9 a.m. – noon
East Bay SCORE
Regular Price: $40; Discounted Price: $15

Make Your Website Work for You
Wednesday, September 30, 10 – 11 a.m.

Use YouTube to Grow Your Business
Wednesday, October 7, 10 – 11 a.m.
Go Biz

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:
  ·   Alameda County Public Health Department’s Mask Required for Entry Posters
  ·   County screening guidance for employers in multiple languages
  ·   Self-assessment guidance for workers in multiple languages
  ·   Information on cleaning/disinfecting businesses
  ·   Workplace Safety
  ·   ReOpening Guide signs by the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Oaklandish and the Economic Recovery Advisory Council, in four languages.

If one of your employees tests positive, please contact Alameda County’s COVID Workplace team at or call (510) 268-2101 to submit a case report and for guidance and next steps. Businesses are required to notify the Alameda County Public Health Department of all positive COVID-19 cases. To learn about COVID-19 testing sites in Oakland, visit

To help the City gauge COVID-19 impacts to your business and what resources would help, please take our brief Business Re-opening and Recovery Survey.
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. You are encouraged to: 
  · Take the COVID-19 Business Impact Data Survey, which services as the City’s intake pathway to request one-on-one business assistance

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