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State Grant Application reopens February 2, Apply now for forgivable PPP Loans, Residential Parking Permit enforcement to resume, County Vaccine Planning
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January 22, 2021

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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.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced, based on ICU data, that the Bay Area region (including Oakland and Alameda County) continues to be under the Regional Stay at Home Order. Once a region’s four-week ICU projection shows a capacity of greater than or equal to 15%, the order will be lifted for that area. Read the full Regional Stay Home Order, Supplement to the Order, and frequently asked questions.

View Alameda County’s Approved Open & Closed Businesses at: https://covid-19.acgov.org/reopening.page
In this email: Round 2 of State Grant Program Announced | Update on SBA Paycheck Protection Program | Residential Permit Parking Enforcement Resumes February 1 | Alameda County Vaccine Planning| Resources for Re-Opening | Ongoing Business Support | Upcoming Online Workshops & Webinars
Round 2 of State Grant Program Announced
Applications for Round 2 of California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate’s small business grant program will be accepted starting February 2 and ending February 8. Prepare for Round 2 now by watching a webinar and gathering the necessary documents as outlined in the application guide. If you applied during Round 1, do not re-apply during Round 2 as qualified applications will be rolled over into Round 2.

The grant program is for eligible small businesses, small non-profits, independent contractors, and sole proprietors with gross revenue of $2.5 million or less. Grant awards range from $5,000 to $25,000 depending on annual revenue.

Through March 31, the Small Business Administration’s is accepting Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) First Draw and Second Draw loan applications. The program opened to all participating lenders on January 19.

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. For most borrowers, the maximum loan amount is 2.5 times their average monthly 2019 or 2020 payroll costs up to $2 million. For borrowers in the Accommodation and Food Services sector the maximum loan amount is 3.5 times their average monthly 2019 or 2020 payroll costs up to $2 million.

SBA will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met, and the funds are used for eligible expenses.

First Draw PPP loans are available to eligible small businesses (typically those with 500 or fewer employees), nonprofits, veterans’ organizations, tribal concerns, self-employed individuals, sole proprietorships, and independent contractors. Larger entities in certain sectors that meet SBA’s size standards for those particular industries can also apply.

  • The legislation sets aside $12 billion specifically for minority-owned businesses.
  • PPP loans – if there is an amount that is not forgiven – have an interest rate of 1%.
  • No collateral or personal guarantees are required.
  • Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.

Check with your banking partner to see if they are participating in this new round of PPP loans. As soon as partner banks are identified, we will post a resource roster here.

Second Draw PPP loans are available for certain qualifying borrowers that have used all of their first loan amounts. Some of the eligibility qualifications include having fewer than 300 employees and being able to demonstrate at least a 25 percent year-over-year drop in sales in at least one quarter. At least $25 billion is being set aside for Second Draw PPP Loans to eligible borrowers with a maximum of 10 employees or for loans of $250,000 or less to eligible borrowers in low- or moderate-income neighborhoods.

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service will allow businesses that got their Paycheck Protection Program loans forgiven to write off expenses paid for with that money, aligning their policy with legislation passed by Congress in December 2020.
The City of Oakland Department of Transportation will resume the enforcement of residential permit parking (RPP) areas beginning February 1, 2021. Several RPP areas are adjacent to commercial districts. In resuming the enforcement, the City aims to promote the availability of on-street parking spaces for residents in areas with high parking demand. The City will provide no-penalty warning citations from February 1 through February 28. Vehicle owners are entitled to one warning citation for violations of O.M.C. 10.44.120A (concerning RPP regulations) in February and are subject to penalties for all subsequent and other violations.
The current COVID-19 vaccine supply is limited, and Alameda County is following the State’s vaccine prioritization guidance. As vaccine supplies increase, you will be able to get a vaccine through a County-administered point of dispensing (POD) or your health care provider.

Alameda County is currently in Phase 1a, and anticipates beginning Phase 1b in February (as vaccine supply allows). To receive a notification of when vaccine might be available for you, please fill out one of these forms:

Please note, this is NOT a registration to receive vaccine. The information you provide is kept confidential and will help Alameda County in its planning. The County will contact you with further details about where vaccines will be available when it is your turn. In the meantime, please protect yourself from COVID-19 by wearing a mask, keeping your distance from others, avoiding crowds, and washing your hands frequently.  

To learn more about vaccine planning in Alameda County, please visit their website.
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:
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
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

Return to Work Webinars
Monday, January 25, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
EDD, Cal/OSHA, California LWDA
Free

Tuesday, January 26, 9 – 10 a.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Tuesday, January 26, 10 – 11:15 a.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Tuesday, January 26, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Tuesday, January 26, 3 – 5 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free

Wednesday, January 27, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
Alameda County SBDC
Free

Wednesday, January 27, 1 – 2 p.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Wednesday, January 27, 1 – 3 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free

Return to Work Webinars
Wednesday, January 27, 5 – 7 p.m.
EDD, Cal/OSHA, California LWDA
Free

Wednesday, January 27, 5 – 7 p.m.
Build Peralta
Free

Wednesday, February 3, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
NorCal SBDC
Free

Thursday, February 4, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free

Tuesday, February 9, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Tuesday, February 9, 3 – 5 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free

Wednesday, February 10, 1 – 2 p.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free

Wednesday, February 17, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
NorCal SBDC
Free

Wednesday, February 17, 1 – 3 p.m.
NorCal SBDC
Free
 
 

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