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Flex Streets Extended, Targeted EIDL Advances Available, Franchise Fund, Re-Opening Resources, Upcoming Webinars & Workshops
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July 2, 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.

With the State reopening effective June 15, most business sectors returned to usual operations, with limited exceptions for Mega Events. There are no capacity limits nor physical distancing requirements for most businesses. Alameda County has aligned with the State’s Beyond the Blueprint Framework.

Testing remains important even as vaccines roll out. If you’re experiencing symptoms, please visit Alameda County’s web page to find Community Testing Sites.
Flex Streets Extended to March 2022
The Oakland City Council adopted a resolution on June 15, to extend the Flex Streets program in its current form until March 2022. Through Flex Streets, all fees have been waived and permitting has been streamlined for business’ use of sidewalk, parking lanes, street closures and other public rights-of-way. Previously issued permits have been extended through March 31, 2022.

Flex Street permit holders are encouraged to review the ADA Compliance Checklist as each individual business is responsible for ensuring an ADA-compliant space.

Between now and March 2022, City staff will evaluate the Flex Streets program to determine the best path forward, post-health emergency. We will be reaching out to stakeholders via email to share updates and solicit input.
Targeted EIDL Advances up to $15,000 Available Now!
March’s American Rescue Plan Act included additional aid for small businesses, including Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) advances for those located in low-income areas. These “advances” are similar to grants, and do not need to be repaid.

The Targeted EIDL Advance provides funds of up to $10,000 to businesses and nonprofits located in a low-income area that suffered a reduction in revenue of greater than 30 percent and have 300 or fewer employees. Check this map to see if you are in a low-income area. Much of Oakland below I-580 qualifies as a low-income area.

The Supplemental Targeted Advance provides an additional payment of $5,000 for businesses and nonprofits located in low-income communities that suffered a reduction in revenue of greater than 50 percent and have 10 or fewer employees. The Supplemental Targeted Advance can be combined with original EIDL and/or Targeted EIDL Advance for a total of up to $15,000.

If you have not previously applied for the EIDL, you should apply now. You do not have to qualify for or accept the loan in order to receive the advances.

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.

Those who previously applied for EIDL should have been contacted directly by the SBA with details on these two advances. If you cannot find your invitation email, you can contact SBA’s Disaster Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or by email at TargetedAdvance@sba.gov to request a new invite.

The City is working with local partner organizations to schedule in-person workshops to help business owners apply online. Additional information will be posted shortly at https://www.oaklandca.gov/resources/targeted-and-supplemental-targeted-eidl-advances.
Franchise Fund helps Minority-Owned Small Businesses with Certification Process
The Golden State Warriors and United Airlines have launched the Franchise Fund, a program designed to support minority-owned, Bay Area small businesses. In collaboration with the Western Region Minority Supplier Diversity Council, the Warriors and United Airlines will select 25 minority-owned, Bay Area small businesses to join the initiative, which will offer resources to assist with business growth.

All 25 businesses will receive a stipend and have their businesses listed in a directory that is circulated to all Warriors corporate partners to raise awareness of services offered by the group. Learn more at: https://www.nba.com/warriors/franchisefund
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

COVID-19 Weekly Updates Live Q&A
2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Returning to Sell at Festivals, Fairs and Shows
Wednesday, July 7, 9 – 10 a.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Small Business Reopening Guide
Wednesday, July 7, 1 – 3 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free

Financing Your Business Post-Pandemic
Wednesday, July 7, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Getting Back on Track: Help is Here
Thursday, July 8, 11 a.m.
U.S. Small Business Administration
Free

Small Business Taxes
Thursday, July 8, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
East Bay SCORE
$55              

California is OPEN -- Is Your Business READY?
Monday, July 12,  1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

¿Pagaría por el Rescate de su Información Digital? ¡Proteja su negocio!
Martes, 13 de julio, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Gratis

Small Business Financials Bootcamp Pt. 1
Tuesday, July 13, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
NorCal SBDC
Free

Disaster Relief Loan Updates
Wednesday, Jul 14, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
NorCal SBDC
Free

Reopening Legal Issues for San Francisco Bay Area Small Businesses
Wednesday, July 14, Noon – 1 p.m.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Free

Effective Marketing Strategies to Manage Customer Pitfalls and Boost Loyalty
Wednesday, July 14, 1 – 3 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free

Can You Afford to Pay Ransom for Your Data? Learn About Cybersecurity NOW!
Wednesday, July 14, 2 – 3 p.m. 
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Is NOT having a Website Costing You Money? Create One Yourself! (Part 1)
Thursday, July 15, 10 – 11 a.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

California está ABIERTA -- ¿Su Negocio está  LISTO?
Jueves, 15 de julio, 11 a.m. – Noon
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Gratis

Can You Afford to Pay Ransom for Your Data? Learn About Cybersecurity NOW!
Monday, July 19, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

California is OPEN -- Is Your Business READY?
Tuesday, July 20, 10 – 11 a.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Small Business Financials Bootcamp Pt. 2
Tuesday, July 20, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
NorCal SBDC
Free

Government Contracting Webinar
Tuesday, July 20, 11 a.m.
U.S. General Services Administration
Free

Is NOT having a Website Costing You Money? Create One Yourself! (Part 1)
Wednesday, July 21, 2 – 3 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Small Business, Innovation, and the New Normal
Thursday, July 22, 1 – 3 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free

¿Pagaría por el Rescate de su Información Digital? ¡Proteja su negocio!
Jueves, 22 de julio, 2 – 3 p.m. 
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Gratis

Small Business Financials Bootcamp Pt. 3
Tuesday, July 27, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
NorCal SBDC
Free

Disaster Relief Loan Updates
Wednesday, Jul 28, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
NorCal SBDC
Free

Wednesday, August 4, 1 – 3 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free

Is NOT having a Website Costing You Money? Create One Yourself! (Part 1)
Wednesday, August 11, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free
 
 

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