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Business Support Services at Neighborhood Libraries, Commercial Eviction Moratorium, PPP Loan Forgiveness and other Business Resources - October 22, 2021
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October 22, 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. The county recently issued the criteria for Lifting Indoor Masking Requirements in the future if certain conditions are met. Note that lifting a local indoor mask mandate would not prevent businesses, nonprofits, churches, or others with public indoor spaces from imposing their own face covering 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.

Alameda County shared recommendations on how to celebrate Halloween and Día de los Muertos safely.
Get 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, Business 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 through December 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 of the neighborhood locations, fill out our online request form and a staff member will call or email you within two business days.
Commercial Eviction Protection for Nonpayment of Rent Expired September 30
The Oakland City Ordinances on the local commercial eviction moratorium conformed with the Governor’s most recent Executive Order, which expired on Thursday, September 30, 2021. The protections that prevented commercial evictions of small businesses and non-profit organizations for nonpayment of rent ended on that date. Back rent may be due in full depending on the payment plan or other agreement negotiated between the tenant and landlord. The moratorium on residential evictions remains in effect until the end of the Local Emergency as declared by the Oakland City Council.

Through grants from the City of Oakland, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR) continues to provide commercial lease negotiation assistance to small business owners.

Tenants seeking additional information and support as the commercial eviction moratorium ends, should visit: https://www.oaklandca.gov/resources/coronavirus-2019-covid-19-business-and-worker-resources#eviction-moratorium
PPP Loan Forgiveness Portal
The SBA reminds small businesses that it 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 must apply for forgiveness within 10 months of the end of the covered period under which they had to spend the money, otherwise the PPP loans will automatically convert to a standard loan at 1% interest.

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.
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

Managing Remote Workers: Tips for the Small Business Owner
Tuesday, October 26, 10 – 11 a.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Expansion Capital for Profitable Businesses More than 2 Years Old
Tuesday, October 26, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
NorCal SBDC
Free

Using Crowdfunding to Fund New Innovations or Small Businesses
Wednesday, October 27, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Managing Remote Workers: Tips for the Small Business Owner
Wednesday, October 27, 2 – 3 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Bankruptcy Webinar
Wednesday, October 27, 3 – 4 p.m.
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Free

Preparing for the Holidays
Wednesday, October 27, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Free

Financial Management for Your Business
Thursday, October 28, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Are They Right for You?!
Thursday, October 28, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Planning for Profit
Thursday, October 28, 1 – 4 p.m.
SCORE East Bay
$23

Inside Oakland: An Oakland Update with Mayor Libby Schaaf
Friday, October 29, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
$15

Pulse of Oakland Poll Results & Presentation
Tuesday, November 2, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Oakland Metro Chamber
$25-$35

Alameda County Human Resources Guidelines
Tuesday, November 2, 1 – 3 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free

Como estructurar la identidad de su negocio
Tuesday, November 2, 6 - 9 p.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Marketing your Business
Thursday, November 4, 11 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

2021 Small Business Big Impact
Thursday, November 4, 7 – 8 p.m.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Free

Coming Back Stronger: A Leadership Workshop development by Women for Women
Saturday, November 6, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Women’s Global Leadership Initiative & Comerica
Free

How to Manage and Forecast Cash Flow for Small Businesses
Thursday, November 11, Noon – 2 p.m. 
Alameda County SBDC
Free

Virtual Legal Services Clinic
Thursday, November 11, 4 – 6 p.m.
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
Free

Tuesday, November 16, 1 – 3 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free

Análisis de Costo y Margen de Ganancia
Tuesday, November 16, 6 – 9 p.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Effective Marketing Strategies to Manage Customer Pitfalls and Boost Loyalty
Tuesday, November 30, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free

 
 

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