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March 18, 2022


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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.

As evidence continues to show, vaccinations and boosters remain the best defense against the virus. Alameda County has posted an Employer Vaccination Toolkit for businesses interested in supporting their employees in getting vaccinated.
If you need individualized business assistance, remember you can book a free, 30-minute appointment at 6 different Neighborhood Business Assistance locations.
Flex Streets Initiative Continues Unchanged into 2023
On March 15, the Oakland City Council passed a series of Ordinances to make the Flex Street Initiative a permanent option for businesses to use outdoor public rights-of-way. Since launching in June 2020, the streamlined Flex Street permit processes have helped Oakland businesses weather the pandemic by expanding their operations outdoors through 140 sidewalk cafes and parklets, 13 street closures, 14 permitted private spaces and more than 60 mobile food truck permits. The existing permit programs will remain mostly unchanged and free through July 2023. Businesses interested in expanding their operations outdoors should apply at www.oaklandca.gov/flexstreets.
State Supplemental Paid Sick Leave
Governor Newsom signed SB 114, which will provide covered employees up to 80 hours of supplemental paid sick leave related to COVID through September 30, 2022. Retroactive to January 1, 2022, the supplemental paid sick leave is available to employees:
  • who have been advised to quarantine,
  • those caring for COVID-impacted family members,
  • attending a COVID-19 vaccination or booster appointment for themselves or a family member,
  • experiencing symptoms or caring for a family member experiencing symptoms related to a vaccine or booster

Learn more by reviewing the Frequently Asked Questions at: https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/COVID19Resources/2022-SPSL-FAQs.html
State Masking Guidance
Effective March 1, the requirement for unvaccinated persons to mask in most indoor public settings and businesses was replaced by a strong recommendation that all persons, regardless of vaccination status, continue to mask while in indoor public settings and businesses. Alameda County has aligned with the State’s masking announcement.

Masks are still required in certain indoor settings, like public transit, airports, shelters and healthcare offices.
Reminder: Oakland’s Proof of Vaccination Ordinance Still in Effect
People 12 and older continue to be required to show proof that they have been vaccinated to enter many indoor facilities in Oakland. The emergency ordinance adopted by City Council, FAQs, the protocol template for businesses and other details are at: www.oaklandca.gov/VaxOrdinance.
Streamlined In-person, One-Stop Permit Center Opened
On Monday, February 28, the City of Oakland re-opened its permit counters to the public, offering a streamlined experience as a “One-Stop Permit Center.” Initially three departments - Planning & Building, Oakland Fire, and Transportation/OakDOT - will offer in-person, appointment-only permitting services in a newly designed space on the second floor of transit-friendly 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. Additional departments and services will be added in the future.

Available services include:
  • Planning/zoning-related issues or permits
  • Building-related issues or permits
  • Plan check-related questions
  • Fire prevention permits or questions
  • Transportation permits or questions        
  • Pay/discuss fee(s) with the cashier
  • Self-service computer workstations

Visit the Oakland Permit Center online to book an appointment or find more detailed information about the in-person and online services offered.
Low-Interest Loans for Restaurants, Markets, Food Truck Vendors
Through March 2022, Feed The Hunger Fund is offering a special 6% interest rate on loans to restaurants, markets, food truck vendors and other food production entrepreneurs. Loan amounts up to $50,000 to be repaid over a maximum of five years. They also offer free business assistance to entrepreneurs and business owners in food production. To learn more, contact Meche Sansores at meche@feed-hunger.com or (415) 533-7171.
Loans to Launch New Restaurants
Main Street Launch has loans specifically for new restaurants located in Oakland’s seven Community Development Block Grant Districts. The maximum loan amount is $120,000 and the loans are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To learn more, contact Adrian Gomez Zavala at adrian@mainstreetlaunch.org or (510) 830-3230.
0% Business Financing Available
Zero-interest loans for low- to moderate-income entrepreneurs and businesses in low- to moderate-income areas of Oakland are available through Main Street Launch. Loan amounts up to $50,000 with terms up to five years may be used to buy furniture and equipment, to purchase inventory, for working capital, to refinance high-interest business debt and to pay startup expenses. No minimum credit score requirement. Complete the loan inquiry form to get started.
Apply for CalCompetes Tax Credit
The California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to stay and grow their business in California. Businesses of any industry, size or location compete for millions in available tax credits. Applications will be analyzed based on various factors, including the number of jobs being created or retained, amount of investment and strategic importance to the state or region. Since 2015, more than a dozen Oakland businesses have received tax credits of over $41 million to create quality full-time jobs.

To help businesses apply, the final of three California Competes Tax Credit webinars is scheduled for March 22. An application guide, frequently asked questions and tutorial videos are also available. The application period closes March 28, 2022.
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

Virtual Lawyers in the Library
Tuesday evenings, Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons
Oakland Public Library
Free

Business Plans that Work
Tuesday, March 22, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
NorCal SBDC
Free

Is NOT Having a Website Costing You Money? Create One Yourself! (Part 1)
Tuesday, March 22, 11 a.m. – Noon
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Introducción de Registros Contables (Español)
Tuesday, March 22, 6 – 9 p.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Accessing Capital for Early-Stage Businesses
Wednesday, March 23, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
NorCal SBDC
Free

Is NOT having a Website Costing You Money? Create One Yourself! (PART2)
Wednesday, March 23, 2 – 3 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Understanding Business Financials
Thursday, March 24, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
California Hispanic SBDC
Free

Basic Bookkeeping 1: Terms & Processes
Thursday, March 24, 10 a.m. – Noon
U.S. Small Business Administration
Free

Digital Marketing on a Budget: An Overview for Small Businesses 
Friday, March 25, Noon – 1 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Powerful Women of the Bay 13th Annual Awards Luncheon
Friday, March 25, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Oakland African-American Chamber
$65-$100

Is NOT having a Website Costing You Money? Create One Yourself! (PART2)
Monday, March 28, Noon – 1 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

Firing Employees: Process=Protection
Tuesday, March 29, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Women’s Business Summit
Tuesday, March 29 & Wednesday, March 30
U.S. Small Business Administration
Free

Creating a Successful Pitch
Wednesday, March 30, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

为您的企业融资 (普通話)
Wednesday, March 30, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Tax Planning Tips for Microbusinesses
Wednesday, March 30, 6 – 7 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
Free

How to Convert Likes into Sales
Wednesday, March 30, 6 – 8 p.m.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Free

Basic Bookkeeping 2: Financial Analysis
Thursday, March 31, 10 a.m. – Noon
SBA
Free

Preventive Business Law Office Hours for Entrepreneurs
Friday, April 1, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Free

Expansion Capital for Profitable Businesses more than 2 Years Old
Tuesday, April 5, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
NorCal SBDC
Free

Como Iniciar un Negocio Exitoso
Tuesday, April 5, 6 – 9 p.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Small Business Financial Bootcamp Part 1
Wednesday, April 6, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Equity by Design Workshop: Managing the Challenge of Living & Leading in a Multicultural World
Wednesday, April 6, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Oakland Chamber
Free

Expanding & Growing Your Business
Thursday, April 7, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
California Hispanic SBDC
Free

Poner Su Negocio en Marcha
Thursday, April 7, Noon – 1 p.m.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Free
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