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November 19, 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.

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.

Please note there will be no update on November 26.
Grants Up to $2,000 for Individuals in the Arts
Through 12pm on December 8, the East Bay Relief Fund for Individuals in the Arts is accepting grant applications from artists, teaching artists, culture bearers and nonprofit arts workers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Grants of up to $2,000 can be used in any way that alleviates financial hardship. The Fund will distribute grants throughout the two-county East Bay region, and prioritizes the financial needs of individuals from cultural communities that are historically underserved and particularly financially vulnerable – Black, Indigenous, Latinx, foreign-born immigrant, trans, and people with disabilities. The fund is administered by The Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), a nonprofit that provides a wide range of services to artists.
Zero-Interest Small Business Loan Fund Launched
The Oakland Restorative Loan Fund, administered by Pacific Community Ventures (PCV), is offering $2.5 million in no fee, zero-interest small business loans. This fund can help combat gentrification and displacement, and support business owners as state and federal grant programs are beginning to expire. As with all PCV loans, there are no application fees and no minimum credit score to apply. The loan program is targeted to small businesses that have been most excluded from the traditional financial system and SBA programs, such as Black, Indigenous, and POC-owned businesses, women and LGBTQI+ business owners, returning residents, immigrants and refugees, and other low-income communities. This special program is only available while funding lasts.

During this initial launch of the program, PCV intends the first $2.5 million to reach BIPOC + AAPI-owned businesses in the Fruitvale area, West Oakland, East Oakland, North Oakland in the Temescal Business Improvement District and Chinatown. They hope to open the program to more small businesses in neighborhoods across Oakland as additional capital is raised.

Verizon Small Business Digital Ready
Verizon has developed free, online curriculum to give small businesses personalized tools to succeed in today’s online marketplace. Learning modules, expert coaching, peer networking and more are being offered to help one million small businesses thrive in the digital economy. Complete two courses or coaching events to be eligible to apply for a Verizon Small Business Digital Ready $10,000 grant – the application period is now open. Register for the free curriculum here.
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.
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.
  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.

The Targeted EIDL Advance will remain available until December 31, 2021, however, the SBA indicated that the application period for the $5,000 Supplemental Targeted Advances will likely close around December 10, 2021.
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.
Business support partners are offering ongoing application assistance.
Free Human Resources Hotline for COVID-19 Questions
The Alameda County Workforce Development Board, in partnership with the California Employers Association, provides Alameda County businesses with a free Human Resources Hotline at (888) 202-5668. Human resources experts provide guidance on:
  • Hiring & Firing Processes
  • Paid Sick Leave Laws & FMLA
  • Breaks, Lunches, & Overtime
  • Employee Handbooks
  • Harassment Prevention
  • COVID-19 Questions

The hotline operates Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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

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

SBA Overview and Access to Capital
Monday, November 8, 10 – 11 a.m.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Free

Agencia Federal de Pequenos Negocios y Acceso a Capital
Tuesday, November 9, 1 – 2 p.m.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Free

Payroll Protection Program: Get Your Forgiveness App. Ready! (In-Person)
Tuesday, November 9, 6 – 7 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center, 401 Roland Way, Suite 215
Free

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

COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Are They Right for You?! (In-Person)
Thursday, November 11, 1 – 2 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center, 401 Roland Way, Suite 215
Free

Payroll Protection Program: Get Your Forgiveness App. Ready! (In-Person)
Thursday, November 11, 4 – 5 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center, 401 Roland Way, Suite 215
Free

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

Is NOT Having a Website Costing You Money? Create One Yourself! (Part 1)
Friday, November 12, 6 – 7 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Important Year-End Money Moves Before the New Year Kicks In
Monday, November 15, 5 – 7 p.m.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Free

Remote Work: Can It Work For Your Business?
Tuesday, November 16, 10 – 11 a.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Beneficios de Préstamos de Daños Económicos por Covid EIDL (en persona)   
Martes, 16 de noviembre, 10 – 11 a.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center, 401 Roland Way, Suite 215
Gratis

іYa es hora de solicitar el perdón de su préstamo PPP! (en persona)
Martes, 16 de noviembre, 1 – 2 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center, 401 Roland Way, Suite 215
Gratis

Que es Recaudacion de fondos
Tuesday, November 16, 1 – 3 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free

Beneficios de Préstamos de Daños Económicos por Covid EIDL (en persona)   
Martes, 16 de noviembre, 4 – 5 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center, 401 Roland Way, Suite 215
Gratis

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

Is NOT Having a Website Costing You Money? Create One Yourself! (Part 1)
Wednesday, November 17, 4 – 5 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Inside Oakland: Mayor Libby Schaaf
Thursday, November 18, 9 – 10 a.m.
Oakland Metro Chamber
$15

Trabajar Remotamente: ¿Puede Funcionar en Su Negocio?
Jueves, 18 de noviembre, 11 a.m. – Noon
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Gratis

Trabajar Remotamente: ¿Puede Funcionar en Su Negocio?
Jueves, 18 de noviembre, 2 – 3 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Gratis

Remote Work: Can It Work For Your Business?
Thursday, November 18, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Know Your Rights: Commercial Evictions for Small Business Tenants (English, Spanish and Mandarin)
Thursday, November 18, 3 – 4 p.m.
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Free

Beneficios de Préstamos de Daños Económicos por Covid EIDL (en persona)   
Jueves, 18 de noviembre, 6 – 7 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center, 401 Roland Way, Suite 215
Gratis

Is NOT Having a Website Costing You Money? Create One Yourself! (Part 1)
Friday, November 19, Noon – 1 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
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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