Fruitvale Business Improvement District Specific Resources

The Fruitvale Business Improvement District (FBID) is here to help you! FBID is rolling out the Pandemic Response & Economic Recovery Program to address the needs of Fruitvale businesses. All staff is bilingual in Spanish and ready to answer your questions. These are the services they provide:

  • Small Business Help Line, call (510) 535-6916 Monday – Friday
  • Financial Resource Navigation
  • Marketing and Promotion
  • Business management/operations advising
  • Tax, Accounting, HR & Legal Services Referrals

For help with your Fruitvale small-business fill out our intake form, and a member of our team will contact you. 

City of Oakland Specific Resources

Tax Assistance

Employers experiencing 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 an extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return. For questions, employers may call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center.

  • Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: 1-888-745-3886
  • Hearing-impaired (TTY): 1-800-547-9565
  • Outside the U.S. or Canada: 1-916-464-3502

Square Resource Hub

Square Resource Hub – English: Resources for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 that Square recently released, that includes information on how to: limit in-person contact, sell and accept orders online, promote digital gift cards, and communicate with your customers.

Centro de Recursos de Square en español: Recursos para pequeñas empresas impactadas por COVID-19 que Square lanzó recientemente, que incluye información sobre cómo: limitar el contacto en persona, vender y aceptar pedidos en línea, promover tarjetas de regalo digitales y comunicarse con sus clientes.

Grants for Small Businesses

Facebook Small Business Grants Program: Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where we operate. We’ll share more details as they become available.

Restaurants Care Grants: Restaurants Care is currently evaluating grant requests from California restaurant workers who have been impacted by the coronavirus in the following ways in order of priority to serve the most vulnerable first: 

  1. If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or you’ve been medically quarantined and have certification
  2. If you are the primary caretaker for a family member diagnosed with COVID-19 and have medical certification
  3. If your restaurant has been closed and you’ve been out of work 3 weeks or more with no unemployment benefits
  4. If your restaurant has been closed and you’re been out of work 3 weeks or less 

Children of Restaurant Employees Grants: CORE is a national nonprofit organization that is dedicated to granting support to food & beverage service employees with children, who are faced with life-altering circumstances and in need of help. CORE provides support to food & beverage service employees with children, who have been medically diagnosed with COVID-19/Coronavirus. You are also eligible for support if you are a food & beverage employee with children, and a family member who resides in the same home is diagnosed with COVID-19 and a doctor requires you to quarantine.

The Red Backpack Fund, supported by the Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation and overseen by GlobalGiving, will make 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. Majority women-owned businesses and nonprofits with annual revenues less than $5M, with at least 1 and less than 50 staff, and incorporated as a legal entity are eligible. The current round of applications will be open now through May 11 at 12 p.m. ET.

Loans for Small Businesses

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program: The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. 

Payroll Protection Program Loan Applications: The Payroll Protection Program (PPP) officially launched on Friday, April 3. This new loan program from the federal government is designed to help small business owners affected by the coronavirus pandemic obtain funding to cover payroll, rent, and other obligations. If your business has been impacted, it’s time to figure out where to apply for a Payroll Protection Program loan

KIVA Loans: In response to the COVID19 pandemic, Kiva US is offering small business applicants expanded loan sizes up to $15,000 with grace periods between 1 – 6 months.

Filing for Assistance as a Small Business Employee

If you are an employee of a small business and are sick or quarantined you can apply for disability benefits. If you are an employee and have experienced reduced work hours you can apply for unemployment benefits.