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California Rebuilding Fund, Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grants, Flex Streets Ease Sidewalk & Parklet Use for Businesses, SBA’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, Re-opening Resources, Upcoming Webinars & Events

May 14, 2021

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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.

Testing remains important even as vaccines roll out. If you’re experiencing symptoms or have been in close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, please visit Alameda County’s web page to find Community Testing Sites.
Alameda County remains in the Orange Tier in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, and will remain there until the adjusted cases per day rate drops below the threshold to move to the next tier.

To help us advance to the less restrictive Yellow Tier, please continue to follow the 5 Ws to stay safer:

  • Wear a mask,
  • Wash your hands,
  • Watch your distance,
  • Wait to see loved ones,
  • When it’s your turn, get vaccinated.
California Rebuilding Fund
The California Rebuilding Fund is a loan program to support California’s small businesses – especially those located in economically disadvantaged and historically under-banked areas of the state. Businesses who employed 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees and had gross revenues of less than $2.5 million in 2019 are eligible to apply. The loans are flexible, transparent and designed to help businesses access the capital and advisory services they need to get through these challenging economic times.

The maximum available loan amount is $100,000. There are two different loan terms: 36 months or 60 months at 4.25% fixed annual interest rate. The first 12 months offer interest-only payments. The loans are not forgivable.


Fill out a pre-application to be matched with a participating local community lender who will work with you on your full loan application. If approved, the loan will be made through that community lender and you will continue to work with them throughout the life of your loan.

To prepare to apply for this loan or another loan in the future, check out the Capital Readiness Webinars listed at: https://www.oaklandca.gov/resources/restaurant-revitalization-fund-grant#helpful-webinars
    Applications for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund are now being accepted. The program will provide $28.6 billion in grants to independent food service or drinking establishments – including restaurants, food trucks, bakeries, caterers, brewpubs, taprooms and tasting rooms – that have 20 or fewer locations (as of March 13, 2020) and are not publicly traded.

    While the applications must be submitted in English or Spanish, the SBA has provided information in more than 30 different languages to help you understand eligibility requirements, fill out applications and answer frequently asked questions.

    Several local partners are offering informational sessions for Oakland businesses. Find a roster of upcoming webinars at: https://www.oaklandca.gov/resources/restaurant-revitalization-fund-grant#helpful-webinars

    You may also call the SBA Call Center Help Line, which is staffed from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time, at (844) 279-8898. Assistance is available in multiple languages.
    Bars, restaurants and other businesses that want to use the adjacent sidewalk, parking lane or traffic lane for outdoor seating are encouraged to look to the City’s Flex Street Initiative. All fees have been waived and permitting has been streamlined for business’ use of the public rights-of-way, including partial or full street closures. Businesses expanding operations to private parking lots and other private outdoor areas will also benefit from streamlined permitting processes at oaklandca.gov/flexstreets.
    The portal for the SBA’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program is live. The program will distribute $15 billion in grants to for-profit and nonprofit shuttered venues. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with a maximum single grant award of up to $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees. Have questions? Review the Application Checklist, read the FAQs or email SVOGrant@sba.gov
    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:
    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.
    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

    COVID-19 Weekly Updates Live Q&A
    Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    COVID19 Business Reopening -Understanding and Managing the Process-East Bay
    Monday, May 17, 1 – 2 p.m. 
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

    Tuesday, May 18, 9 – 10 a.m.
    Working Solutions
    Free

    Tuesday, May 18, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free


    Tuesday, May 18, 3 – 5 p.m.
    Alameda County SBDC
    Free

    Wednesday, May 19, 10 – 11 a.m.
    Working Solutions
    Free

    Wednesday, May 19, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Restaurant Revitalization Fund – Program Overview
    Thursday, May 20, Noon – 1 p.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

    The Top Marketing Funnels Every Business Needs
    Thursday, May 20, 1 – 2 p.m.
    East Bay SCORE
    $10

    Thursday, May 20, 1 – 3 p.m.
    Alameda County SBDC
    Free

    Descripción del Fondo para la Revitalización de los Restaurantes
    Jueves, 20 de Mayo, 23 p.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Gratis

    Restaurant Revitalization Fund – Program Overview
    Monday, May 24, Noon – 1 p.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

    Cultivando clientes y consiguendo otros nuevos durante COVID-19
    Martes, 25 de Mayo, 2 – 3 p.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Gratis

    Tuesday, May 25, 3 – 5 p.m.
    Alameda County SBDC
    Free

    Wednesday, May 26, 10 – 11 a.m.
    Working Solutions
    Free

    Wednesday, May 26, 10:30 a.m.Noon
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Keeping Customers & Winning New Ones During COVID 19
    Wednesday, May 26, 2 – 3 p.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

    Restaurant Revitalization Fund – Program Overview
    Thursday, May 27, 10 – 11 a.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

    Descripción del Fondo para la Revitalización de los Restaurantes
    Jueves, 27 de Mayo, 11 a.m. – Noon
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Gratis

    Thursday, May 27, 35 p.m.
    Alameda County SBDC
    Free

    Wednesday, June 2, 10 – 11 a.m.
    Working Solutions
    Free
     
     

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