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October 8, 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.

All individuals within Alameda County are required to wear face coverings – regardless of vaccination status – when indoors in workplaces and public settings, with limited exemptions. The County also recommends that businesses make face coverings available to individuals entering the business. The county’s FAQs for face covering indoors and in workplaces provides guidance on business responsibilities, including signage requirements.

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.

Alameda County shared recommendations on how to celebrate Halloween and Día de los Muertos safely.
Comcast RISE $10K Grants for Oakland Small Businesses Closes October 14
The Comcast RISE Investment Fund will provide 100 grants of $10,000 to help Oakland small businesses owned by people of color grow as they navigate the pandemic. The application period closes Thursday, October 14. Eligible businesses have been in operation for more than 3 years and have between 1 and 25 employees. Watch a video of the Oakland RISE Announcement by Oakland’s multiple chambers.
Commercial Eviction Protection for Nonpayment of Rent Expired September 30
The Oakland City Ordinances on the local commercial eviction moratorium conformed with the Governor’s most recent Executive Order, which expired on Thursday, September 30, 2021. The protections that prevented commercial evictions of small businesses and non-profit organizations for nonpayment of rent ended on that date. Back rent may be due in full depending on the payment plan or other agreement negotiated between the tenant and landlord. The moratorium on residential evictions remains in effect until the end of the Local Emergency as declared by Oakland City Council.

Through grants from the City of Oakland, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR) continues to provide commercial lease negotiation assistance to small business owners.

Tenants seeking additional information and support as the commercial eviction moratorium ends, should visit: https://www.oaklandca.gov/resources/coronavirus-2019-covid-19-business-and-worker-resources#eviction-moratorium
PPP Loan Forgiveness Portal
The SBA reminds small businesses that it launched a streamlined application portal to allow borrowers with Paycheck Protection Program loans of up to $150,000 to apply for forgiveness directly through the SBA. A borrower can apply for PPP loan forgiveness once all loan proceeds for which the borrower is requesting forgiveness have been used. Borrowers must apply for forgiveness within 10 months of the end of the covered period under which they had to spend the money, otherwise, the PPP loans will automatically convert to a standard loan at 1% interest.

Check to see if your lender is participating in direct forgiveness through the SBA and use the SBA’s portal to apply. The questions in the portal correspond to those asked on SBA form 3508S. After submission, be sure to monitor your application for forgiveness.

If your lender is not participating in SBA’s portal, you must apply for forgiveness through your lender. Your lender can provide you with either the SBA Form 3508, SBA Form 3508EZ, SBA Form 3508S or a lender equivalent. Your lender can provide further guidance on how to submit the application and may follow up to request additional documentation.

Borrowers who need assistance with direct forgiveness can contact SBA’s dedicated forgiveness call center at (877) 552-2692, Monday to Friday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. The call center can only assist direct forgiveness applicants; All other borrowers should contact their PPP lender directly.
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.

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.
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

Beneficios de Préstamos de Daños Económicos Ocasionados por Covid-19 - EIDL
Martes, 12 de octubre, 11 a.m. – Noon
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Gratis

COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Are They Right for You?!
Tuesday, October 12, 4 – 5 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Employee Handbooks: Action Artfully Applied
Tuesday, October 12, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

іYa es hora de solicitar el perdón de su préstamo PPP!
martes, 12 de octubre, 2 – 3 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Gratis         

Is NOT Having a Website Costing You Money? Create One Yourself! (Part 1)
Wednesday, October 13, 11 a.m. – Noon
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Construction Subcontractor Opportunities
Wednesday, October 13, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
7th & Campbell Development
Free

Need Employees? Practical Solutions for this Small Business Challenge
Thursday, October 14, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Planning your Business
Thursday, October 14, 10 a.m. – Noon
NorCal SBDC
Free

Equitable Access to Small Business Credit
Thursday, October 14, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Free

Beneficios de Préstamos de Daños Económicos Ocasionados por Covid-19 - EIDL
Jueves, 14 de octubre, 11 a.m. – Noon
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Gratis

Beneficios de Préstamos de Daños Económicos Ocasionados por Covid-19 - EIDL
Jueves, 14 de octubre, 2 – 3 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Gratis

Is NOT Having a Website Costing You Money? Create One Yourself! (Part 1)
Monday, October 18, 2 – 3 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Payroll Protection Program:  Time to Get Your Forgiveness Application Ready!
Tuesday, October 19, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

¿Necesita empleados? ¡Soluciones para este desafío de pequeñas empresas!
martes, 19 de octubre, 11 a.m. – Noon
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Gratis

Beneficios de Préstamos de Daños Económicos Ocasionados por Covid-19 - EIDL
martes, 19 de octubre, 2 – 3 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Gratis

Need Employees? Practical Solutions for this Small Business Challenge
Wednesday, October 20, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Know Your Rights: Commercial Evictions for Small Business Tenants
Wednesday, October 20, 3 – 4 p.m.
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Free

How to Access Online and In-Person Markets for Your Retail Business
Wednesday, October 20, 5 – 8 p.m.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Free

Selling Your Products Wholesale
Wednesday, October 20, 6 – 9 p.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Financing Your Business
Thursday, October 21, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

іYa es hora de solicitar el perdón de su préstamo PPP!
Jueves, 21 de octubre, 11 a.m. – Noon
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Gratis

18th Annual Business Awards Luncheon
Thursday, October 21, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Oakland African-American Chamber
$50 - $100

¿Necesita empleados? ¡Soluciones para este desafío de pequeñas empresas!
Jueves, 21 de octubre, 2 – 3 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Gratis

Payroll Protection Program:  Time to Get Your Forgiveness Application Ready!
Thursday, October 21, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Virtual Legal Services Clinic
Thursday, October 21, 4 – 6 p.m.
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
Free

Must Know Insurance Needs for Small Businesses
Friday, October 22, 9 – 11 a.m.
SCORE East Bay
Free

Expansion Capital for Profitable Businesses More than 2 Years Old
Tuesday, October 26, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
NorCal SBDC
Free

Using Crowdfunding to Fund New Innovations or Small Businesses
Wednesday, October 27, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Preparing for the Holidays
Wednesday, October 27, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Free

Financial Management for Your Business
Thursday, October 28, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Are They Right for You?!
Thursday, October 28, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Planning for Profit
Thursday, October 28, 1 – 4 p.m.
SCORE East Bay
$23

Inside Oakland: An Oakland Update with Mayor Libby Schaaf
Friday, October 29, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
$15

Alameda County Human Resources Guidelines
Tuesday, November 2, 1 – 3 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free

2021 Small Business Big Impact
Thursday, November 4, 7 – 8 p.m.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Free

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

 
 

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