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Microbusiness Grants, Grants for Music Businesses, Free Website Redesign and more
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May 13, 2022


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This is an update from the City of Oakland’s Economic & Workforce Development Department (EWDD) highlighting available resources for businesses and our partner organizations who support them.

For additional 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.

If you need individualized business assistance, remember you can book a free, 30-minute appointment at 6 different Neighborhood Business Assistance locations.
Microbusiness Grants
The California Office of the Small Business Advocate has awarded funding to the Chabot - Las Positas Community College District for the Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program to provide grants to microbusinesses (the business cannot be the owner's primary source of income) in the counties of Alameda, Amador, Contra Costa, and El Dorado.

This program will provide grants of $2,500 to microbusiness (businesses that have fewer than 5 employees and earn less than $50,000 per year) that were in operation in 2019, are still in operation, and were impacted by the COVID-19 public health restrictions. Businesses that received a California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant are not eligible.

Applications will be accepted from  Tuesday, May 17, to Friday, August 12. Learn more at: https://sites.google.com/swccd.edu/clpccd/home
Grants for BIPOC-led Music Businesses
Zoo Labs will award unrestricted grants to Bay Area BIPOC and BIPOC-led artist teams whose music-based business is contributing to the region’s arts and culture environment in positive ways. Awards will range from $5,000 to $50,000. Selected teams will also receive focused mentorship and community support.

To be considered for funding, applicants must: 
  • be BIPOC-led and based in the Bay Area
  • have a solid team of two or more people, with at least one artist member
  • be preparing to launch or have an already established music business
  • show that they are at a critical juncture – one where receiving funding could make a big difference in accelerating the growth of their business.

To help applicants, an informational webinar will be held Tuesday, May 10 at Noon, grant guidelines have been posted, and a video with some tips on applying is available. The deadline to apply is Noon on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.
 
Get a Free Website Redesign for Your Small Business
Hack the Hood helps future tech workers develop skills by providing small businesses and nonprofits with a free website redesign. With a website, you can establish your online presence, gain new customers and sell services or products. Businesses are responsible for the domain registration and web hosting fees, typically $130 per year. The small business website redesign is offered during Hack the Hood’s upcoming summer program starting July 2022. Apply today at https://www.tfaforms.com/4979728.
 
Take the Community Pledge
As we mark Oakland’s 170th birthday, the City of Oakland encourages residents and workers in Oakland to recommit to the community, reconnect with each other and rediscover what makes Oakland great by taking the Community Pledge. Recommit to spending your dollars locally to support Oakland’s economy and its beloved small businesses. Oaklanders can reconnect and rediscover Oakland through upcoming community events.
 
Reminder: Oakland’s Proof of Vaccination Ordinance Still in Effect
While City Council introduced changes to Oakland’s Proof of Vaccination Ordinance at its meeting on May 3, the changes do not become law until after the second reading on May 17. Until that time, people 12 and older continue to be required to show proof that they have been vaccinated to enter many indoor facilities in Oakland. See the proposed changes at: www.oaklandca.gov/VaxOrdinance
 
Resources for Re-Opening

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.
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

Fundamentos de Mercadotecnia
Tuesday, May 17, 6 9 p.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Business Foundation Training
Six Sessions form May 17 to June 9, 6 – 7 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

35th Annual Spring Banquet
Wednesday, May 18, 5:30 p.m.
Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce
$125

Expert Insights for Asian American and Pacific Islander Small Business Owners
Thursday, May 19, 10 – 11 a.m.
East Bay SCORE
Free

Marketing for Your Small Business
Thursday, May 19, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
NorCal SBDC
Free

Planning for Profit
Thursday, May 19, 1 – 4 p.m.
East Bay SCORE
$23

Virtual Legal Clinic
Thursday, May 19, 4 – 6 p.m.
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Free

Starting a Food Truck: Where the Rubber Meets the Road
Monday, May 23, 2 – 4 p.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

What Do Your Balance Sheet and Income Statement Tell You?
Monday, May 23, 6 – 8 p.m.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Free

Resilient Workplace Webinar
Tuesday, May 24, 10 a.m.
California Office of Emergency Services Earthquake Program
Free

Owning and Investing in Real Estate for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs
Tuesday, May 24, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
NorCal SBDC
Free

Using Crowdfunding to Fund New Innovations or Small Businesses
Wednesday, May 25 10 – 11:30 a.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

What is Calsavers?
Wednesday, May 25, Noon — 1 p.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Creative Ways to Fund Your Small Business
Wednesday, May 25, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Free

Comenzar un Negocio con Confianza
Wednesday, June 1, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Free

Intellectual Property Basics. Know Your Rights!
Thursday, June 2, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
East Bay SCORE
$23

So you want to start a food business
Wednesday, June 8, 6 – 8 p.m.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Free

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