New Alameda County Health Order, State Loan Program Announced, Shop Local Holiday Campaign, Minimum Wage Increase, Upcoming Webinars

December 4, 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.

Amidst a record-breaking survey of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, today Alameda County joined other Bay Area health departments and the City of Berkeley in implementing the State's New Regional Stay Home Order to prevent our health care systems from being overburdened and save lives. In Alameda County, the new order takes effect on Monday, December 7 at 12:01 a.m. through Monday, January 4, 2021.

As part of the new health order's sector closures and activity restrictions, no outdoor dining may take place; restaurants will be allowed to operate for take-out and delivery only during this time. Retail will be permitted indoors at 20% capacity, with special hours for seniors and others at high risk. Other activities and facilities that had previously been allowed to operate outdoors are now required to close, including:
  • Hair salons/Barbershops
  • Personal care services
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums
  • Wineries, bars, breweries, distilleries
  • Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
  • Indoor recreational facilities
  • Family entertainment centers

The complete sector closures and restrictions on activity under the State’s Regional Stay Home Order are described at: View Alameda County's Approved Open & Closed Businesses at:
State Loan Program Available to Support Small Businesses
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, and 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:
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 and a Visit Oakland team member will be in touch. You can also update your business listing on the website (update your photos, change store hours, etc.) by logging into the Visit Oakland Partner Portal and update your listing.
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 or email

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.

Upcoming Online Workshops & Webinars
Serie de 12 Tallaeres para Emprendedores Hispanos
Jueves hasta el 17 de diciembre
California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

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

How to Manage and Forecast Cash Flow in a COVID World
Tuesday, December 8, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC

Tuesday, December 8, 6 – 8 p.m.

Budgeting & Pivoting for Mid-Term Planning for Nonprofits
Wednesday, December 9, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Community Vision

Women Business Owners Virtual Town Hall on Insurance Issues for Small Businesses during the COVID-19 Emergency
Wednesday, December 9, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
National Association of Women Business Owners California

Wednesday, December 9, 6 – 8 p.m.

COVID-19 Business Reopening-Understanding and Managing the Process
Thursday, December 10, 2 – 3 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women's Business Center

Oakland Structures
Friday, December 11, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
San Francisco Business Times

Tuesday, December 15, 6 – 8 p.m.

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

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


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

Wednesday, December 16, 6 – 8 p.m.

Thursday, December 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
City of Oakland Workforce Development Board

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

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