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January 28, 2022


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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.

Vaccinations and boosters 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.

Through at least February 15, 2022, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) requires masks to be worn in all indoor public settings regardless of vaccine status. Alameda County has fully aligned with the State’s mandate. At this time, everyone – regardless of their vaccination status – must mask in all indoor public settings.
Oakland Proof of Vaccination Requirements
The Oakland City Council adopted an emergency ordinance to reduce the spread of COVID-19 that requires patrons 12 and older to show proof of vaccination to enter many indoor facilities. For those 18 and older, the vaccination card must be cross-checked with the individual’s photo ID. Business were required to post a notice by January 15, 2022.

Starting February 1, people will be required to show proof that they have been vaccinated to enter some places in Oakland, like:
  • Establishments or events where food or drink is served including restaurants, bars, coffee houses, clubs, and banquet halls
  • Entertainment venues including theaters, concert venues, museums, and recreation facilities
  • Gyms, fitness centers and yoga studios
  • Senior adult care facilities and City senior programs
  • Large indoor events at City- and privately-owned facilities

FAQs, protocol template for businesses and other details at: www.oaklandca.gov/VaxOrdinance.
Commercial Electric Kitchen Rebate
To support the state’s and City’s ambitious climate goals, East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) is offering rebates of up to $17,500 to its customers who upgrade to an electric kitchen. Available on a first-come, first-served basis, the rebates cover induction and electrical materials and equipment. See the Rebate Fact Sheet and apply at https://ebce.org/commercial-kitchens/.
Commercial Eviction Protection Assistance
The Oakland City Ordinances that prevented commercial evictions of small businesses and non-profit organizations for nonpayment of rent ended in September 2021. The moratorium on residential evictions remains in effect until the end of the Local Emergency as declared by the Oakland City Council. More information at: https://www.oaklandca.gov/resources/coronavirus-2019-covid-19-business-and-worker-resources#eviction-moratorium.

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.

See the Workshops section below for an upcoming eviction and commercial lease webinar hosted by LCCR on February 8 in three languages.
Federal OSHA Vaccine and Testing Standard Update
While the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the U.S. Department of Labor has withdrawn the vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard (ETS) as an enforceable standard effective January 26, it remains a proposed rule. The agency will focus on finalizing a permanent COVID-19 Healthcare Standard. OSHA strongly encourages vaccination of workers.
Waste Prevention Grants – Apply by February 25
StopWaste is offering grants with a total of $700,000 available in funding, for projects that focus on preventing waste in Alameda County and supporting local communities in these categories:
  • Reuse & Repair (up to $20,000)
  • Food Waste Prevention & Recovery (up to $20,000)
  • Reusable Foodware Pilot Projects ($5,000 to $50,000)
  • Surplus Food Donation Equipment (nonprofits only, up to $10,000)
  • Reusable Transport Packaging (up to $10,000)

Businesses, nonprofits and institutions are eligible for funding, unless noted otherwise. For details visit www.StopWaste.org/Grants. Application deadline is February 25, 2022.
Dining for Justice Launched
Launched January 10 by Oakland-based nonprofit Community Kitchens, the Dining for Justice program will add a “one penny for every dollar” surcharge to diners’ bills at participating restaurants to fund thousands of quality meals every month to feed Oakland’s vulnerable residents. Oakland restaurants can join the nearly two dozen businesses that are participating in Dining For Justice by committing to the restaurant pledge and by preparing community meals. When a restaurant displays the Dining For Justice logo in its window, it means that restaurant is part of the coalition working together to make sure no one in Oakland goes without hot food.
New OFD Designation may Lower Cost of Commercial Property Insurance for Businesses
Last week, the Oakland Fire Department (OFD) announced that it has been formally approved as an ISO CLASS 1 organization. Many insurance companies use these designations when deciding which businesses to underwrite, coverages to offer, or prices to charge. Contact your insurance provider directly to see if this new designation will lower your premium.
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

Virtual Lawyers in the Library
Tuesday evenings, Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons
Oakland Public Library
Free

Starting a Cottage Food Business – Part 2
Monday, January 31, 2 – 4 p.m.
NorCal SBDC Restaurant Program
Free

Is NOT having a Website Costing You Money? Create One Yourself ! (PART2 )
Monday, January 31, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Cómo Aumentar los Ingresos de tu Empresa Alimentaria Post-Covid-19
Monday, January 31, 6 – 9 p.m.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Free

Busines Plans that Work
Tuesday, February 1, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
NorCal SBDC
Free

Access Capital for Early-Stage Businesses
Wednesday, February 2, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
NorCal SBDC
Free

Writing a Compelling Business Plan
Wednesday, February 2, Noon – 4:30 p.m.
SCORE East Bay
$23

Business Accounting
Thursday, February 3, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
SCORE East Bay
$23

Access to Capital for Small Businesses
Thursday, February 3, 10 – 11 a.m.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Free

Financial Management for your Business
Thursday, February 3, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Intellectual Property Consultations for Women-Led Businesses (English & Spanish)
Friday, February 4, 2 – 4 p.m.
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Free

Know Your Rights: Commercial Eviction (English, Spanish and Mandarin)
Tuesday, February 8, 3 – 4 p.m.
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Free

Financial Bootcamp Part 2
Wednesday, February 9, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Acceso a Capital para Pequeños Negocios
Wednesday, February 9, 6 – 7 p.m.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Free

Marketing your Business
Thursday, February 10, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Planning for Profit
Thursday, February 10, 1 – 4 p.m.
SCORE East Bay
$23

Legal Issues for the Small Business Startup
Friday, February 11, 9 a.m. – Noon
SCORE East Bay
$23

Future-Proof your Partnerships: Navigating the New World of Business–Nonprofit Alliances
Tuesday, February 15, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Free

Marketing for your Small Business
Tuesday, February 15, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
NorCal SBDC
Free

Financial Bootcamp Part 3
Wednesday, February 16, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Using Crowdfunding to Fund New Innovations or Small Businesses
Tuesday, February 22, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Build Generational Wealth
Thursday, February 24, 6 p.m.
Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce
Free

Global Diversity and Investment Summit
Friday, February 25, 10 a.m. – Noon
NorCal SBDC
Free

How to Sell at a Farmers’ Market
Monday, February 28, 2 – 4 p.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Bankruptcy Webinar (English & Spanish)
Tuesday, March 8, 3 – 4 p.m.
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Free
 
 

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