EAST BAY BUSINESS RESOURCES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Week of June 7, 2021

East Bay EDA is compiling trusted information to this page targeted to employers and workers in our communities. Please visit this page regularly for the latest information and any other helpful resources that emerge. If there are additional resources you’d like to share or for any questions, please contact the team at info@eastbayeda.org. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for updates!

Please check these links at regular intervals, as guidance continues to evolve.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Click on the following hyperlinks to “jump” sections:

Upcoming Webinars

Important News & Updates

Hot Topics

Small Business Hotlines

Official Public Health Notices

National Resources

State of California Resources

Regional Resources

Industry Specific Resources

Local Information & Resources by City

WEBINAR RESOURCES

Tuesday, June 15, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm: Community-Based Beyond the Blueprint Update

This event is for all community members to learn what it means for the economy to fully reopen on June 15th. REGISTER HERE

Monday, June 21, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm: Employer-Based Beyond the Blueprint Update

This event is for employers and business owners who are interested in learning about Cal/OSHA requirements, workplace safety measure recommendations, and what it means to return to usual operation once the economy fully reopens on June 15th. REGISTER HERE

Additional Webinar Resources:

CA EDD Payroll Tax Seminars

California Employers Association

Norcal Small Business Development Center

Small Business Majority

CA Governor's Office of Business & Economic Development

Opportunity Fund

Start Small Think Big

COVID-19 VACCINE & TESTING SITES

FDA Approves Pfizer Vaccine for Youth 12-15

In Contra Costa County, children between the ages of 12-15 can now get Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine at all county-run clinics. Please visit your county’s vaccine websites for locations. When coming to vaccination clinics, it is recommended that minors be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If a parent or guardian cannot be present, we ask for written consent or, when that is not feasible, we may accept verbal consent over the phone. Consent forms can be found here: https://cchealth.org/

Alameda County will be offering vaccines to children 12-15 starting 5/17. They are working closely with schools and providers on access. Mobile PODs are being planned.

The City of Berkeley Public Health Department is offering Pfizer vaccines to children 12-15 by signing up here.

Contra Costa County Vaccine Locations

Contra Costa County offers multiple vaccine locations. CCHS also offers vaccine clinics that do not require appointments – learn more at our Walk-In Vaccinations page – and a new mobile vaccination service for residents who are homebound.

Fully vaccinated? CDPH recently posted recommendations for the fully vaccinated including what you can and should continue to do.

Alameda County Vaccine Locations

Alameda County residents can find a vaccine site using the new interactive map on our website. Enter the preferred zip code to view multiple locations including information about eligibility, appointment status, and how to register. Use our new vaccine registration link to schedule an appointment. If you are unable to get an appointment through Alameda County and you have a health care provider, please ask if they have appointments available for you. Residents who don't have access to the web or need additional help can call 510-208-4VAX (510-208-4829) to arrange an appointment.

Fully vaccinated? CDPH recently posted recommendations for the fully vaccinated including what you can and should continue to do.

COVID-19 Testing Sites

Widespread testing provides a more accurate picture of how many cases exist in our community and helps us understand how and where the virus is spreading. Testing helps identify people without symptoms who could be spreading COVID-19 so that they can stay away from work and public places until their infectious period is over.

Alameda County COVID-19 Testing Sites

Contra Costa County COVID-19 Testing Sites

IMPORTANT NEWS & UPDATES

Beyond the Blueprint Guidance Released 5/21

On May 21, the state released its Beyond the Blueprint Guidance to aid counties across the state as they fully reopen. The state is scheduled to dismantle its Blueprint for Safer Economy tier structure on June 15, which means COVID restrictions will be removed for most sectors.

 

Other Beyond the Blueprint key changes include:

Additional COVID-19 safety guidance from the state for health care settings, high-risk congregate settings, schools, and other youth-focused settings is expected soon. CalOSHA is also revising its Emergency Temporary Standards, which should be released shortly.

All workplaces must continue to follow current Cal/OSHA’s standards, including current masking requirements, if applicable to your business. New Cal/OSHA COVID-19 guidelines are anticipated following a board meeting on June 3. Details were not received prior to this content going for translation. The effective date of the new guidelines may be June 15 to coincide with the end of the state’s color-coded tier system.

State of California Employer Vaccination Toolkit

The Employer Vaccination Toolkit provides employers with vaccine education materials, information on COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave and other guidance for employees, and an online form to request vaccination support. Learn more here.

Local Health Orders & Updates

Bay Area Health Officers Support California Face Masking Guidance 5/19

The Association of Bay Area Health Officials, representing 12 Bay Area Health Officers and their Local Health Jurisdictions, strongly supports the CA Department of Public Health’s strategy to continue with current masking guidance until June 15, when the State will align the CDC’s updated masking guidance. Read the full press release.

New State Guidance for Vaccinated People, Face Coverings

The California Department of Public Health released updated guidance for fully vaccinated people and use of face coverings. Face coverings remain mandated in indoor settings, with few exceptions. For fully vaccinated persons, face coverings are not required outdoors except when attending crowded outdoor events, such as live performances, parades, fairs, festivals, sports events, or other similar settings.

Alameda County: Yellow Tier

Workplace resources can be found here https://covid-19.acgov.org/recovery and resources for Alameda County workers are available here https://covid-19.acgov.org/worker-resources.

For any questions please contact: COVIDRecovery@acgov.org

Restaurants: The Alameda County Environmental Health Department has released updated Restaurant Operating Procedures. In addition to other COVID-19 related guidance, this guidance can be found on the Alameda County Department of Environmental Health COVID-19 Webpage.

Offices: The Alameda County Department of Public Health has released supplemental guidance to the California State COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Office Workspaces—with the aim to support a safe, modified environment for personnel, patrons, vendors, and visitors. The COVID-19 Office Workspace Guidance contains the latest COVID-related business requirements and recommendations for maintaining a safe office workplace.

Contra Costa County: Orange Tier

Resources for businesses can be found here https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/for-businesses 

For the latest news, please visit: https://cchealth.org/newsroom/

For questions please call: 1-844-729-8410

State Releases Guidance for Indoor Seated Live Events and Private Venues

Beginning April 15, 2021, follow this guidance for indoor live events, entertainment, and performances with seated audiences.

State Industry Guidances can be found here: https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/

State COVID-19 Rent Relief - Application Period Opens March 15

CA COVID-19 Rent Relief will help income-eligible households pay rent and utilities, both for past due and future payments. The federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 provides funding to support the program and tenant (renter) protection laws signed by Governor Newsom. The program assists income-qualified renters impacted by COVID-19 who need help to pay for rent or utilities. Eligible household income may not exceed 80% of the local median income. Eligible renters whose landlords do not participate in the program can still receive 25% of unpaid rent accrued between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021. Eligible renters can also receive future rent assistance equal to 25% of their monthly rent. The program also provides up to 80% rent reimbursement to landlords for unpaid rent accrued between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021.

Check eligibility and apply online for COVID-19 Rent Relief and in Spanish Ayuda con la Renta. Tenants and landlords can contact the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Call Center at 1-833-430-2122 for assistance to apply. To learn more and find state resources, visit Housingiskey.com.

State Launches COVID-19 Employer Portal: March 1

On March 1, the State launched the COVID-19 employer portal, a one-stop hub for California employers to quickly find up-to-date state and local county COVID-19 guidance by business industry. Learn about COVID-19 workplace requirements such as safety procedures, training for employees on infection prevention, and what to do in case of an infection or outbreak.

Subscribe to the GO-Biz newsletter to receive updates and announcements as they happen, including information shared by the California Department of Public Health.

Federal Funding Programs

SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Status: Grant Details released; online portal opens Monday, May 3 at 9am Pacific Time

Application Video Recording: Youtube

The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023. For more information: Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Status: Open! All lenders are eligible to submit applications for a 1st or 2nd Draw PPP loan.

Deadline: May 31, 2021 (recently extended)

Small businesses and eligible nonprofits may apply for their first PPP loan or, if they meet the criteria, a second PPP loan, if they have used all the funds from their first PPP loan.  This loan is forgivable if borrowers used the funds in the authorized manner and spend at least 60% of the loan proceeds on payroll costs and no more than 40% on authorized non-payroll costs.

For more information: Paycheck Protection Program

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL)

Status: Open!

Deadline: December 31, 2021

The EIDL program offers a working capital loan for small businesses and nonprofits adversely affected by COVID-19. Loans direct from SBA's Office of Disaster Assistance are available with a 3.75% interest rate (2.75% for nonprofits) and 30-year term and payments are deferred for 12 months. 

For more information: COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans

 Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG)

Status: Open!

Visit the SVOG website for additional information on the types of entities eligible, how to calculate how much you may be eligible for under this grant program and the proposed plan for phased implementation.  You can also watch the webinar which provides an overview: Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Overview - YouTube

For more information: Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

SBA Office Releases Alert - Beware of Fraud!

Fraudsters have already begun targeting small business owners during these economically difficult times. Be on the lookout for grant fraud, loan fraud, and phishing. Report any suspected fraud to OIG’s Hotline at 800-767-0385. SBA limits the fees a broker can charge a borrower to 3% for loans $50,000 or less and 2% for loans $50,000 to $1,000,000 with an additional 0.25% on amounts over $1,000,000. Any attempt to charge more than these fees is inappropriate.

State Resources for Employers

State COVID-19 Rent Relief - Application Period Opens March 15

CA COVID-19 Rent Relief will help income-eligible households pay rent and utilities, both for past due and future payments. The federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 provides funding to support the program and tenant (renter) protection laws signed by Governor Newsom. The program assists income-qualified renters impacted by COVID-19 who need help to pay for rent or utilities. Eligible household income may not exceed 80% of the local median income. Eligible renters whose landlords do not participate in the program can still receive 25% of unpaid rent accrued between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021. Eligible renters can also receive future rent assistance equal to 25% of their monthly rent. The program also provides up to 80% rent reimbursement to landlords for unpaid rent accrued between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021.

Check eligibility and apply online for COVID-19 Rent Relief and in Spanish Ayuda con la Renta. Tenants and landlords can contact the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Call Center at 1-833-430-2122 for assistance to apply. To learn more and find state resources, visit Housingiskey.com.

State of California Approves Golden State Relief Act: February 23

On February 23, 2021, Governor Newsom and the California State Legislature approved the Golden State Relief Package that will provide immediate support to Californians, small businesses, nonprofits and cultural institutions hit hardest by the pandemic.

Immediate Relief for Small Businesses

Provides $2.1 billion – a four-fold increase over the $500 million currently being distributed – for grants up to $25,000 for small businesses impacted by the pandemic, and allocates $50 million of this total for non-profit cultural institutions. Visit the CA Relief Grant website for updates.

Fee Waivers for Heavily Impacted Licensees

Two years of fee relief for roughly 59,000 restaurants and bars licensed through the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control that can range annually from $455 to $1,235. The action also reflects fee relief for more than 600,000 barbering and cosmetology individuals and businesses licensed through the Department of Consumer Affairs.

Learn more about all the legislative actions here.

California Rebuilding Fund

As businesses across the state face challenges brought on by COVID-19, Governor Newsom announced the opening of the California Rebuilding Fund, a public-private partnership that drives capital from private, philanthropic and public sector resources to help impacted small businesses. The Fund provides a $25 million anchor commitment and $50 million guarantee from the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). Grants (of up to $25,000) will be distributed to underserved micro and small businesses while supplies last.

Apply as soon as possible by submitting a pre-application. (Your business will be prescreened for eligibility and, if eligible, matched with a local community lender.)

California Capital Access Program (CalCAP) for Small Businesses

The California Capital Access Program for Small Business (CalCAP SB or Program) encourages banks and other financial institutions to make loans to small businesses that have difficulty obtaining financing. If you own a small business and need a loan for start-up, expansion or working capital, you may receive more favorable loan terms from a lender if your loan is enrolled in the CalCAP Loan Loss Reserve Program. This program helps communities by providing financing to businesses that create jobs and improve the economy.

Check to see if your commercial lender or financial institution participates in CalCAP or find a participating lender. If your financial institution does not currently participate, it is easy for lenders to sign up. Please have your institution complete the Financial Institution Application and send it to CalCAP to get started.

Safely Making CA

The California Manufacturers & Technology Association has launched the Safely Making CA web portal to connect manufacturers of locally-sourced PPE items directly to businesses. Learn more at SafelyMakingCA.org

State of California Pandemic Assistance Program

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state UI benefits who are out of business or services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic. FAQ’s can be found here.

County Resources for Employers & Workers

Alameda County’s Food Distribution and Essential Resources Map

Visit Alameda County’s online map for locations of food distribution sites, testing centers and other essential services.

Childcare Resources for Essential Workers in Alameda County

Are you an essential worker seeking childcare relief? Alameda County agencies are connecting essential workers with child care. Limited funding may be available to support the costs for eligible essential workers. Check out these resources today.

Hot Topics

Small Business Capital Resources

California Rebuilding Fund

The California Rebuilding Fund is a loan program to support California’s small businesses—especially those located in economically disadvantaged and historically under-banked areas of the state. Businesses who employed 50 or less full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) and had gross revenues of less than $2.5 million or below in 2019 are eligible to apply. Learn more here

Venturize

“One Stop Shop” For Small Business Loans and Capital Access: https://venturize.org/

Employment Training/Retraining

Employment Training Panel (ETP)

The State’s Employment Training Panel (ETP) released the ETP COVID-19 Response Plan, designed to address the immediate needs of stakeholders as they struggled to adapt to the unique circumstances caused by the COVID-19 outbreak and shelter-in-place orders (program has been extended until June 30, 2021). ETP can reimburse up to $2,000 per employee. For more information please contact etpedunit@etp.ca.gov or call 916-327-5258.

Career Services & Retraining

North Cities Career Service Provider at College of Alameda

(510) 748-2208

sbradshaw@peralta.edu

Miesha.Clipperwillis@peralta.edu

Tri-Cities Career Services Provider at Ohlone College

(510) 742-2323

careercenter@ohlone.edu

Eden Area Career Services Provider

(510) 253-2994

celestej@rubiconprograms.org

Tri-Valley Career Services Provider at Los Positas College

(925) 560-9431

tvcc@clpccd.org

Childcare Resources

First 5 Alameda County & Alameda Kids

Find local resources near you. Learn more.

Program Flyer for Essential Workers Seeking Childcare.

CoCo Kids

Early education, quality child care training for needs of Contra Costa County children, families, early educators, businesses and communities. Learn more.

City of Dublin L.I.V.E. 'n' Rec (Learning in a Virtual Environment)

A new program designed to provide support for working parents with children in 1st to 5th grades. Learn more. 

Please contact your local school district for additional resources.

Commercial Leases

City of Berkeley’s Information and Resources for Tenants:

https://www.cityofberkeley.info/covid19-commercial-leases/

Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights:

https://lccrsf.org/legal-services-for-oakland-small-businesses/

For additional questions/resources, please refer to our Local Hotlines.

Legal Resources

UC Berkeley Law Community Law Clinic provides free legal assistance to survive the COVID-19 pandemic to small businesses that can't afford an attorney. Email newbusinesslaw@berkeley.edu for support.

Legal Aid at Work provides low-income and unemployed people with confidential information about their legal rights related to work in California. They provide services in Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese, and we can accommodate other languages. Learn more here.

Alameda County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) can provide information about pro bono legal programs in the area and will match clients with attorneys for a $40 nonrefundable referral fee. Depending on income and the type of legal assistance needed, some clients may be eligible for reduced rates. Click here to learn more. Phone: (510) 302-2222, and press option 4. Submit an online request.

Contra Costa County Bar Association

Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS)

(925) 825-5700

Submit an online request

Bar Association of San Francisco

Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS)

https://www.sfbar.org/lris/

(415) 989-1616 (hours 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Submit an online request

Start Small Think Big

Website: www.startsmallthinkbig.org

Contact: Grey Torrico, Program Manager Serving California Businesses

Email: grey@startsmallthinkbig.org

For additional questions/resources, please refer to our Local Hotlines.

Hotlines for Small Business Support

Alameda Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Contact: Terry Exner, Interim Program Director

Small Business Questions: 510-516-4118

Email: texner@ohlone.edu

Website: https://www.acsbdc.org/

AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center

Contact: Steve Dial, Acting Women’s Business Center Director

Phone: (510) 532-5240

Email: sdial@anewamerica.org

Website: anewamerica.org

Contra Costa Workforce Development Board Call Center

If you are experiencing HR issues:

The Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County has partnered with the

California Employers Association to provide Contra Costa County businesses with a

no-cost HR hotline: 888.599.7645. Call for guidance on hiring/firing processes; paid

sick leave laws & FMLA; breaks, lunches & overtime; employee handbooks;

harassment prevention; remote workers.

Assistance Understanding Information & Resources:

The hotline is open weekdays from 8:30 to 5:00 pm: (833) 320-1919

Contra Costa Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Contact: Ann Johnson-Stromberg, Interim Director

Phone: (925) 222-5228

Email: admin@contracostasbdc.org

Website: https://www.contracostasbdc.org/

East Bay SCORE

Contact: Neil Rubenstein, Chair

Phone: (510) 273-6611

Email: info@eastbayscore.org

Website: https://eastbay.score.org/

Northern California Small Business Development Center

Hotline: 833-ASK-SBDC (833.275.7232)

Email loans@asksbdc.com for assistance with available loans

Email espanol@asksbdc.com para asistencia en español.

Website: https://asksbdc.com/

Opportunity Fund

Email: info@opportunityfund.org

Website: https://www.opportunityfund.org/

San Francisco District Office Small Business Administration (SBA)

Contact: Julie Clowes, District Director

Phone: (415) 744-6820

Email: SFOMail@sba.gov

8(a) inquiries: SFOofferletters@sba.gov

Website: https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/ca/san-francisco 

Start Small Think Big

Website: www.startsmallthinkbig.org

Contact: Grey Torrico, Program Manager Serving California Businesses

Email: grey@startsmallthinkbig.org

Pro Bono Rapid Response Services: https://bit.ly/sstbcovid19probono

State Treasurer Fiona Ma

Contact: Gloria Li

Email: askfiona@treasurer.ca.gov

Assistance available in Mandarin and Chinese

State Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara

Phone: 1-800-927-4357 (HELP)

Live Chat: insurance.ca.gov

Assistance available in multiple languages

Small Business Majority

Contact: Bianca Blomquist, Policy & Engagement Director

Email: bblomquist@smallbusinessmajority.org

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center - East Bay

Contact: Lucero De Leon, Richmond Program Manager

Phone: (510) 221-2000

Email: info@rencenter.org

Website: https://www.rencenter.org/

OFFICIAL PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION

Federal and State Guidance

U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Please visit the CDC page regularly for guidance and strategies to help workplace exposures to COVID-19.

California Public Health Department

Please visit the California Public Health Department to stay informed of updates and resources.

Cal/OSHA

Please visit Cal/OSHA to protect workers from exposure to COVID-19

Local Public Health Orders

Alameda County

Official Information: Please visit this page for regular updates and information. For general inquiries about the Alameda County health orders, please email ncov@acgov.org or call (510) 268-2101. Businesses with questions, please email COVIDrecovery@acgov.org. 

What’s Open in Alameda County: https://covid-19.acgov.org/reopening.page?

Latest Updates: https://covid-19.acgov.org/press.page?

Employer Resources: https://covid-19.acgov.org/recovery.page?

WORKPLACE COVID-19 EXPOSURE: Businesses are required to notify the Alameda County Public Health Department of all positive COVID-19 cases. *Please fill this COVID reporting form*.

For any questions on workplace exposure, please contact the COVID Workplace team at COVIDWorkplace@acgov.org or call (510) 268-2101.

Contra Costa County

Official Information: Please visit this page for regular updates and information. 

Business Resources: Please visit Contra Costa County’s Business Resources, including Industry-Specific Guidances & Workplace Safety.

WORKPLACE COVID-19 EXPOSURE: Click here to read the Guidance for Businesses and Workplaces When an Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19.

For Questions: Contra Costa County Multilingual Call Center: (844) 729-8410

Open Daily from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

City of Berkeley

Official Information: Please visit here for regular updates & information.

Business Resources: For questions & assistance implementing social distancing at your business, email oedmailbox@cityofberkeley.info or call (510) 981-7530.

NATIONAL

Overview of SBA’s COVID-19 Business Relief Options here (PPP, EIDL, Express Bridge Loans, Debt Relief)

The San Francisco District Office (SFDO) of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) serves fourteen counties in Northern California and will be assisting with SBA disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in all California counties.

Contact: Julie Clowes, District Director

Phone: (415) 744-6820

Email: SFOMail@sba.gov

8(a) inquiries: SFOofferletters@sba.gov

STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Official CA COVID-19 Information & News 

CA Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development Resources - Subscribe to the GO-Biz newsletter to receive updates and announcements as they happen, including information shared by the California Department of Public Health.

For Workers

Workers Impacted by Coronavirus FAQ 

Summary Chart of Benefits Available - Resources Available for California Workers

How to Apply for UI Benefits (File a Claim) (YouTube): English | Spanish | Cantonese | Vietnamese | Mandarin

Apply for food stamps in 10 minutes: CalFresh

Get health care coverage: Covered California

For Employers

COVID-19 Employer Portal for Safer Opening: On March 1, 2021, the State launched the COVID-19 employer portal, a one-stop hub for California employers to quickly find up-to-date state and local county COVID-19 guidance by business industry. Learn about COVID-19 workplace requirements such as safety procedures, training for employees on infection prevention, and what to do in case of an infection or outbreak.

Industry Guidelines & Reopening Guidance can be found here.

WARN Notices

California WARN Notices Temporarily Suspended - Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-31-20 (PDF), which temporarily suspends the 60-day notice requirement in the California WARN Act for those employers that give written notice to employees and satisfy other conditions. The suspension was intended to permit employers to act quickly in order to mitigate or prevent the spread of coronavirus. The Executive Order does not suspend the California WARN Act in its entirety, nor does it suspend the law for all covered employers. The Executive Order only suspends the California WARN Act’s 60-day notice requirement for those employers that satisfy the Order’s specific conditions. Employers should continue to file a WARN per the legislation requirements regardless if the 60-day notice timeframe is not met. For more information, visit the COVID-19: WARN FAQs.

Tax Relief

State and Local Taxes, and Sales Tax: Taxpayers filing CDTFA returns for less than $1 million tax will automatically be granted a three-month extension on payments and returns originally due between December 1, 2020, and April 30, 2021. Please visit CDTFA or call the customer service center at 1-800-400-7115 with questions about filing, extensions, relief, and more.

State Payroll Taxes: Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return.

EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center:

Business Tax Relief: The Franchise Tax Board has issued COVID-19 extensions to file and pay.

REGIONAL

Alameda County

Official website - http://www.acgov.org/

Contra Costa County

Official website - https://www.contracosta.ca.gov/

East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA)

East Bay EDA is dedicated to serving as a resource to support economic relief and recovery as our region continues to grapple with COVID-19. Please e-mail info@eastbayeda.org for any questions.

Small Business Development Centers

Alameda Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Contact: Terry Exner, Interim Program Director

Small Business Questions: 510 516-4118

Email: texner@ohlone.edu

Website: https://www.acsbdc.org/

Contra Costa Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Contact: Ann Johnson-Stromberg, Interim Director

Phone: (925) 222-5228

Email: admin@contracostasbdc.org

Website: https://www.contracostasbdc.org/

AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center

Contact: Steve Dial, Acting Women’s Business Center Director

Phone: (510) 532-5240

Email: sdial@anewamerica.org

Website: Anewamerica Women’s Business Center, Oakland

East Bay SCORE

Contact: Neil Rubenstein, Chair

Phone: (510) 273-6611

Email: info@eastbayscore.org

Website: https://eastbay.score.org/

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center - Richmond

Contact: Lucero De Leon, Richmond Program Manager
Phone: (510) 221-2000

Email: info@rencenter.org

Website: https://www.rencenter.org/

U.S. Small Business Administration San Francisco District Office (SFDO)

The San Francisco District Office (SFDO) of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) serves fourteen counties in Northern California and will be assisting with SBA disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in all California counties.

Contact: Julie Clowes, District Director

Phone: (415) 744-6820

Email: julie.clowes@sba.gov

For other direct business assistance & support, please visit:

Connect2Capital

Hello Alice

Venturize.org

Workforce Development Boards

Employers planning a closure or layoffs due to COVID-19 impact may get help through their local workforce development board’s Rapid Response program. Rapid Response teams will contact you to discuss your needs, help avert potential layoffs, and provide immediate on-site services to assist workers facing job losses.

Alameda County Workforce Development Board

Contact: Javier Contreras, Rapid Response Coordinator
Website:
https://www.acwdb.org/index.page

Phone: 510-259-3831

Email: javier.contreras@acgov.org 

Contact: Samantha Miller, Program Financial Specialist

Phone: 510-259-3832; cell 510-915-7186

Email: samiller@acgov.org

Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County

Contact: Charles Brown III, Business Services Representative
Website:
https://www.wdbccc.com/

Phone: 925-768-0687

Email: cbrown2@ehsd.cccounty.us

Contact: Patience Ofodu, Interim Executive Director

Phone: 510-453-6950

Email: pofodu@ehsd.cccounty.us 

The Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County & Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors announced the opening of a new call center to meet the needs of Contra Costa businesses impacted by COVID-19. The hotline is open weekdays from 8:30 to 5:00 pm: (833) 320-1919. More details in this press release.

No-Cost HR Hotline powered by the California Employers Association

The Workforce Development Board has partnered with the California Employers Association to provide Contra Costa County businesses with a no-cost HR hotline: 888.599.7645. Call for guidance on hiring/firing processes; paid sick leave laws & FMLA; breaks, lunches & overtime; employee handbooks; harassment prevention; remote workers.

Undocumented Workers

Oakland Undocumented Relief Fund

East Oakland DREAMers 

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United)

Immigrants Rising

Legal Aid at Work 

One Fair Wage 

USBG National Charity Foundation 

Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation

National Day Laborer Organizing Network

INDUSTRY SPECIFIC RESOURCES

General Reopening Guides

State of CA: Industry Guidance & Checklists

US Chamber of Commerce: Ready to Open Playbook

Biotech & Life Sciences

Biocom

California Life Sciences Association 

Construction & General Contractors

Association of General Contractors

Building Industry Association

Construction Management Association of American NorCal

Residential Real Estate

Bay East

California Association of Realtors

Commercial Real Estate

BOMA Oakland/East Bay

CBRE

Colliers

Cushman and Wakefield

JLL

Urban Land Institute

Art & Music

Funds for Musicians and Nightlife Workers

Musicians' Foundation Grant

MusiCares Emergency Financial Assistance

The Blues Foundation HART Fund

The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant

Artists Now by Zoo Labs

Authors & Writers

CERF+ Artists' Safety Net

Authors League Fund

PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund

Food & Drink

California Restaurant Association

Golden Gate Restaurant Association

Restaurant Opportunities Center

James Beard Foundation Relief Fund

Fitness/Gyms

State of California Department of Public Health

American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)

Hospitals/Medical

Hospital Council of Northern & Central California

What and Where to Donate Medical Supplies to Hospitals

Get & Give PPE

Manufacturers

East Bay COVID-19 Manufacturing Resources

Bay Area Manufacturers Discussion Forum 

Association of Manufacturers Bay Area (AMBayArea)

California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA)

Safely Making CA

EXIM Bank

National Association of Manufacturers

California Employers Association (CEA)

SF Made/Bay Area Urban Manufacturing Initiative

Nonprofits

Independent Sectors

National Council of Nonprofits

Philanthropy CA

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Personal Care

Professional Beauty Association

American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Reopening Guidance Hair & Nail Salons

Retail

California Retailer’s Association

Streetsense

&Access

National Retail Federation

LOCAL RESOURCES

Check with your local jurisdiction on current COVID-19 information and business resources. Click here for East Bay EDA’s Business Resources Map.

Albany

City of Albany Information & Updates

Albany Chamber of Commerce

Alameda

City of Alameda Information & Updates

Alameda Chamber of Commerce

Antioch

City of Antioch Information & Updates

Antioch Chamber of Commerce

Berkeley

City of Berkeley Information & Updates

Berkeley Chamber of Commerce

Brentwood

City of Brentwood Information & Updates

Brentwood Chamber of Commerce

Concord

City of Concord Information & Updates

Concord Chamber of Commerce

Town of Danville

City of Danville Information & Updates

Danville Chamber of Commerce

Dublin

City of Dublin Information & Updates

Dublin Chamber of Commerce

El Cerrito

City of El Cerrito Information & Updates

El Cerrito Chamber of Commerce

Emeryville

City of Emeryville Information & Updates

City of Emeryville Chamber of Commerce

Fremont

City of Fremont Information & Updates

Fremont Chamber of Commerce

Hayward

City of Hayward Information & Updates

Hayward Chamber of Commerce

Livermore

City of Livermore Information & Updates

Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce

Martinez

City of Martinez Information & Updates

Martinez Chamber of Commerce

Newark

City of Newark Information & Updates

Newark Chamber of Commerce

Oakland

City of Oakland Information & Updates

Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

Pittsburg

City of Pittsburg Information & Updates

Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce

Pleasant Hill

City of Pleasant Hill Information & Updates

Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce

Pleasanton

City of Pleasanton Information & Updates

Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce

Richmond

City of Richmond Information & Updates

Richmond Chamber of Commerce

San Leandro

City of San Leandro Information & Updates

San Leandro Chamber of Commerce

San Pablo

City of San Pablo Information & Updates

San Pablo Economic Development Corporation

Union City

Union City Information & Updates

Union City Chamber of Commerce

Unincorporated Alameda County

Information & Updates

Eden Area/Castro Valley Chamber of Commerce

List of Chambers of Commerce in Alameda County

Unincorporated Contra Costa County

Information & Updates

List of Chambers of Commerce in Contra Costa County