Round 6 for State Small Business Grant Program Opens Next Week; SBA Aims to Reopen Venue Operators Grant Portal; Small Business Week Webinars, Virtual Events; Share Your Thoughts on Oakland's Economic Recovery; Resources for Re-Opening; Upcoming Online Workshops & Webinars
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April 23, 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.

For businesses vandalized during recent demonstrations, resources are posted at

Testing remains important even as
vaccines roll out. If you’re experiencing symptoms or have been in close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, please visit Alameda County’s web page to find Community Testing Sites and Mobile Testing Sites.

Alameda County remains in the Orange Tier in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, and will likely remain there for a few more weeks as the adjusted cases per day exceeds the threshold to move to the next tier.

To help us advance to the less restrictive Yellow Tier, please continue to follow the 5 Ws to stay safer:
  • Wear a mask,
  • Wash your hands,
  • Watch your distance,
  • Wait to see loved ones,
  • When it’s your turn, get vaccinated.
In this email: Round 6 for State Small Business Grant Program Opens Next Week | SBA Aims to Reopen Venue Operators Grant Portal | Webinars, Virtual Events Planned for Small Business Week | Share Your Thoughts on Oakland's Economic Recovery | Resources for Re-Opening | Ongoing Business Support | Upcoming Online Workshops & Webinars
Round 6 for State Small Business Grant Program Opens Next Week
Round 6 of the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program will open on Wednesday, April 28 and close on Tuesday, May 4. The program offers grant awards from $5,000 to $25,000.

Round 6 is open to current waitlisted small businesses and non-profits not selected in previous grant rounds and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria found at Applicants not selected to receive a grant in previous rounds do not need to re-apply and will be automatically moved into Round 6. New applicants should apply through a partner found at On-demand videos in multiple languages and application guides can help you through the process.
    The SBA aims to reopen the portal for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program by the end of this week. The program will distribute $15 billion in grants to for-profit and nonprofit shuttered venues. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million.

    Eligible entities must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020, and include: 
    • Live venue operators or promoters
    • Theatrical producers
    • Live performing arts organization operators
    • Relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria
    • Motion picture theater operators
    • Talent representatives

    Grant funds may be used for specific expenses, such as payroll, rent and mortgage payments, utilities, protective equipment purchases for workers, debt payments, necessary business expenses and more.
    Have questions? Watch a recorded information session, review the FAQs or email
    From May 2 to 8, Oakland will celebrate Small Business Week with about a dozen webinars and events for small business owners and entrepreneurs. From websites and ecommerce to accessing capital and attracting investment, the educational webinars are designed to help Oakland businesses survive and thrive. A virtual networking event and physically distanced marketplace round out the week’s offerings. See the full schedule and registration links at
    We’re proactively developing an economic recovery plan to assist small businesses in reopening and thriving as Oakland emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    To be successful, economic development strategies and plans must be built through public contributions, feedback and buy-in from people like you. To ensure that key community stakeholders have a voice and are a part of the effort, we ask that you provide candid feedback by completing a brief survey.

    After gathering community feedback, we will report on the information captured and deliver a final economic recovery plan in Summer 2021.
    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:

    COVID-19 Weekly Updates Live Q&A
    Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
    NorCal SBDC

    Monday, April 26, 11 a.m. – Noon
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center

    Herramientas de Diseño y Manejo de Redes Sociales
    Monday, April 26, 5 – 7 p.m.
    Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

    The New Payroll Protection Program (PPP)
    Tuesday, April 27, 11 a.m. – Noon
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center

    California Relief Grant Information Session
    Tuesday, April 27, Noon 1 p.m.
    Alliance for Community Development

    Finding Customers / Marketing Your Idea
    Wednesday, April 28, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    East Bay SCORE

    Wednesday, April 28, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
    NorCal SBDC

    Wednesday, April 28, 1 – 3 p.m.
    NorCal SBDC

    El nuevo programa de protección de cheques de pago (PPP) - Descripción gene
    Jueves, 29 de Abril, 10 – 11:00 a.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center

    Thursday, April 29, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    NorCal SBDC

    Restaurant Revitalization Fund for Square Food and Beverage Sellers
    Thursday, April 29, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

    Thursday, April 29, 3 – 5 p.m.
    Alameda County SBDC

    Sunday, May 2 to Saturday, May 8, various times
    Various Partner Organizations

    Wednesday, May 5, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    NorCal SBDC

    Wednesday, May 12, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
    Alameda County SBDC

    Thursday, May 13, 1 – 3 p.m.
    Alameda County SBDC
    Tuesday, May 18, 3 – 5 p.m.
    Alameda County SBDC

    The Top Marketing Funnels Every Business Needs
    Thursday, May 20, 1 – 2 p.m.
    East Bay SCORE

    Thursday, May 20, 1 – 3 p.m.
    Alameda County SBDC

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