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Oakland Restaurant Week, State Loan Program Announced, Shop Local Holiday Campaign, Minimum Wage Increase, Upcoming Webinars

December 11, 2020

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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.
In this email: Oakland Restaurant Week | State Loan Program | Shop Local Holiday Campaign | Minimum Wage Rates Rise | Resources for Re-Opening | Ongoing Business Support | Upcoming Online Workshops & Webinars
Oakland Restaurant Week Returns in January 2021
The City’s marketing partner Visit Oakland will promote Oakland Restaurant Week 2021 from January 7 to 18. Visit Oakland staff invite restaurants and food-and-drink-related businesses – such as independent wine shops, breweries, community markets and caterers – to join in the promotion that encourages locals to spend their money supporting Oakland businesses. New this year, the special doesn’t have to have a prix fix menu – it could be a new menu item, a new to-go combo or a complimentary appetizer. The Visit Oakland team can update your details on their website. Email partnerships@visitoakland.com with the details on your Restaurant Week special.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new loan program built to support California’s small businesses as they adapt and navigate the effects of COVID-19. The California Rebuilding Fund is a partnership between public and private sector entities to provide California small businesses – particularly businesses in underbanked parts of the state – with access to responsible, affordable capital to help them survive and rebuild from this crisis.

The Fund will offer loans that are flexible, transparent and designed to help sustain small businesses through these challenging economic times. The funds are being deployed by participating community lenders including Main Street Launch, Opportunity Fund, Pacific Community Ventures and Working Solutions. Businesses with up to 50 full-time employees and gross revenues of less than $2.5 million or below in 2019 may be eligible to apply. Learn more and apply today at: www.CALoanFund.org
To encourage Oakland residents to put their money where their hearts are, Visit Oakland’s “Spend.Stay.Love.” Oakland campaign adds a shop local holiday spin. If you have an upcoming event, dining special or retail offer that you would like promoted through the holidays, please email partnerships@visitoakland.com and a Visit Oakland team member will be in touch. You can also update your business listing on the VisitOakland.com website logging into the Visit Oakland Partner Portal.
Minimum Wage Rates Increase January 1, Noticing Deadline is mid-December
On January 1, 2021, Oakland’s minimum wage rises to $14.36. This annual increase keeps the minimum wage aligned with the regional Consumer Price Index. Employers should print posters, available here in multiple languages, for posting at workplaces by December 15.

The other benefits specified in voter-approved Measure FF, including paid sick leave requirements, remain the same. For additional resources, visit www.oaklandca.gov/minimumwage or email minwageinfo@oaklandca.gov.

Hotels with 50 or more guest rooms are subject to Measure Z minimum wage requirements, which effective January 1, will be $15.61 with health benefits or $20.82 without health benefits.

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:

If one of your employees tests positive, please contact Alameda County’s COVID Workplace team at COVIDWorkplace@acgov.org or call (510) 268-2101 to submit a case report and for guidance and next steps. Businesses are required to notify the Alameda County Public Health Department of all positive COVID-19 cases. To learn about COVID-19 testing sites in Oakland, visit https://www.oaklandca.gov/resources/how-to-get-tested.

Amidst a record-breaking survey of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Alameda County joined other Bay Area health departments and the City of Berkeley in implementing a Regional Stay Home Order to prevent our health care systems from being overburdened and to save lives. In Alameda County, the new order took effect on Monday, December 7 at 12:01 a.m. and remains in effect through Monday, January 4, 2021. View Alameda County's Approved Open & Closed Businesses at: https://covid-19.acgov.org/reopening.page?

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
Serie de 12 Tallaeres para Emprendedores Hispanos
Jueves hasta el 17 de diciembre
California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Gratis

Entrepreneurs Workshop Series
Thursdays through December 17
Mandela Partners
Sliding Scale: $25 - $100

Keeping Customers & Winning New Ones During COVID-19
Monday, December 14, 23 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Restructuring Your Small Business in Challenging Times
Monday, December 14, 6 – 9 p.m.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Free

Alternatives to Closure: eCommerce
Tuesday, December 15, 11 a.m. – Noon
Northern California SBDC
Free

Keeping Customers & Winning New Ones During COVID-19
Tuesday, December 15, 10 – 11 a.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Tuesday, December 15, 6 – 8 p.m.
BWOPA
Free

Wednesday, December 16, 8:30 a.m. – Noon
East Bay SCORE
$15

Stabilizing Assets for Long-Term Planning for Nonprofits
Wednesday, December 16, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Community Vision
Free

COVID-19 Updates Live Q&A
Wednesday, December 16, 10:30 a.m.
Northern California SBDC
Free

Wednesday, December 16, Noon
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Free

Wednesday, December 16, Noon – 1 p.m.
AnewAmerica Womens Business Center
Free

Wednesday, December 16, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Northern California SBDC
Free

Wednesday, December 16, 6 – 8 p.m.
BWOPA
Free

Thursday, December 17, 11 a.m. – Noon
AnewAmerica Womens Business Center
Free

Thursday, December 17, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free

Social Media Growing Your Audience/Following
Thursday, December 17, 3 – 5 p.m.
Northern California SBDC
Free

Wednesday, January 6, 9:30 a.m.
California GO-Biz
Free

Wednesday, January 6, 6 – 8 p.m.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Free

Thursday, January 21, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
State of California, Employment Development Department
Free
 
 

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