During this extraordinary time, AnewAmerica is committed to working with our team, clients, small businesses, partners and supporters to work through the current situation and help our entrepreneurs and small business owners to mitigate the impacts of the COVID 19 virus (Coronavirus).  We will be using remote tools during this time to work with clients. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding as we all transition to keep productive in new ways. We will share as many resources as possible via our site and staff. Below you will find more specific information.  In general, for our small business clients and clients at -large, we hope you keep in mind the following: 

  • Keep calm as best you can and make decisions based on facts.
  • Follow the guidelines and orders of the Federal, State, County and Municipal governments during this time.
  • Be aware of potential scams related to the current situation.  Unfortunately, during times like these you have individuals that will try to take advantage.  Please use caution.
  • Get your information from trusted and verifiable sources.
  • Check your business insurance policies to see if business disruption is included and if so, what does it cover.

There are a great number of resources coming together to assist small businesses during this time.

We will get through this together!

-AnewAmerica Community Corporation 
 

Effective March 20, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. the Governor of California Declared a Shelter at Home Order for the entire State of California until further notice.  For updated information on the order and any current modifications, please go to https://covid19.ca.gov/ .  For information on business re-opening and allowable business activities, please look on this page under the section  "Preparing for Business Re-Opening and Business Operations" below.

 

 

 
The Regional Stay Home Order  ended on 01/25/21.  The Blue Print for a Safer Economy tier system is now in place and to direct the status of allowed business operations by County.  Please refer below for more details and also make sure to check with your specific county as to their additional guidelines.

Information and Resources

(Please review the entire page for information that may be important to you; this page is updated frequently.
 

AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center – San Jose  WE ARE OPEN!!! JUST WORKING REMOTELY!!!

  • The center is physically closed due to the Legal Order to Shelter at Home by the County of Santa Clara.  However, the team is working with clients remotely. Please note work arounds are in place to facilitate the acceptance and completion of normal forms related to counseling requests. For more information, (Click Here)

AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center – Oakland  WE ARE OPEN!!! JUST WORKING REMOTELY!!!

  • The center is physically closed due to the Legal Order to Shelter at Home by the County of Alameda.  However, the team is working with clients remotely. Please note work arounds are in place to facilitate the acceptance and completion of normal forms related to counseling requests. For more information, (Click Here)

 

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loans 

Economic Injury Disaster Loans  (PLEASE NOTE Effective 06/15/20: SBA began accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) from all eligilbe small businesses.

For more information, Click Here.

 

Paycheck Protection Program  (PPP PROGRAM NOW OPEN 01/11/21)

 The PPP program reopened as of 01/11/21. 

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

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

  • PPP loans have an interest rate of 1%.
  • Loans issued prior to June 5 have a maturity of 2 years. Loans issued after June 5 have a maturity of 5 years.
  • Loan payments will be deferred for borrowers who apply for loan forgiveness until SBA remits the borrower's loan forgiveness amount to the lender. If a borrower does not apply for loan forgiveness, payments are deferred 10 months after the end of the covered period for the borrower’s loan forgiveness (either 8 weeks or 24 weeks).
  • No collateral or personal guarantees are required.
  • Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.

You must apply with an institution/lender that is participating in the program.  For more information, click here.

 New Steps Announced 02/22/21 to Increase Equitable Access to the PPP Loan Program/ SBA Relief Programs - Click here for details 

 

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Forgiveness 

For current information and guidance on guidelines for PPP Forgiveness please refer to the "Loan Details and Forgiveness" section on the U.S. Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program page.  To access the page, please click here PLEASE NOTE:  It is important that you take direction for the forgiveness application process from the financial institution from which you obtained the PPP loan.  The institution will instruct you on their process for reviewing your forgiveness application.



Other Potential Resources for Loans or Grants

California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program   2nd Round Ended 02/08/21!!!

The State of California has created a grant program to assist eligible small businesses during this period.  The California Small Business COVID -19 Relief Grant Program will be administered by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) using Lendistry as the intermediary for the Program to disburse the grant funds. The approved grants will range between $5,000 - $25,000 depending on the annual revenue of eligible businessesEligible non-profits may also apply for the grants.  The application period for the 2nd round of the grants is 02/02/21 – 02/08/21. The 2nd round ended 02/08/21.

There is a pre-recorded webinar provided by the California Network of Women's Business Centers that gives an overview of the progam, requirements and process.  To view, please click here.

For additional information on the program, requirements and the application process, please click here.

Please Note: You may contact one of our Women’s Business Centers closest to you to make an appointment for technical assistance regarding applying for the grant.  For Anewamerica Women’s Business Center, Oakland, click here and for AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center – San Jose, click herePlease note: customary forms for technical assistance appointments will need to be completed and submitted.  Forms will be provided upon confirmation of technical assitance appointment.

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. This effort is the result of private, public and non-profit entities working together to address the access to capital need of California small businesses.  The loans are flexible, transparent and are designed to help businesses access the capital and advisory services they need to get through these challenging economic times. The goal of the program is to match eligible small businesses with participating lenders.  

Basic eligibility requirements are:

  • Businesses who employed 50 or less full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) in 2019
  • and had gross revenues of less than $2.5 million or below in 2019

For full eligibility requirements, click here.

For more information on the fund, loan terms and how to apply, please click here.

You can also get technical assistance through our Women’s Business Center in Oakland or San Jose.






Great Plates Delivered Program - State of California 

For restaurants and food providers looking for revenue opportunities during this time, this program may be for you!  The program leverages accepted and approved restaurants and food providers to supply meals to seniors. For more information on the program and to submit an interest form, please click here. Look under the "Want to Provide Meals?" section.

Potential Technology Resources Available for Small Businesses 

A resource guide has been compiled for potential technology resources for small businesses during this time. Please note that any reference to a specific product, process or service or to the use of any vendor is for the information and convenience of the small business community and does not constitute or imply an endorsement by the California Department of Technology (CDT), GO-Biz, the State of California or AnewAmerica.


Preparing for Business Re-Opening and Business Operations

As of August 31, 2020, the State of California has created its Blueprint for a Safer Economy as it relates to businesses reopening and activities during this time. This color- coded system ranges from Purple, Red, Orange and Yellow. Counties are coded according to the level of COVID 19 in their communities (Purple -Widespread, Red- Substantial, Orange -Moderate and Yellow – Minimal). To look up your county’s status and the permitted business activities, please use the county look up tool at https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/.  In addition, businesses need to follow the State guidelines for their specific industry.  Industry guidelines can be found at https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/#limited-services.

In addition to the State guidelines, businesses must also follow their county's guidance as to when their business can re-open and under what circumstances. In most cases, if there is a difference between the State and County guidelines, the most restrictive guideline is to be followed by the business. Therefore, businesses should be familiar with both the State and County guidelines for re-opening and operating their business.  Please refer to your specific county for that information. In addition, it is advised that businesses also check with their city to see if any municipal requirements may apply.

It is also advised that businesses familiarize themselves with the current state system.  This will help you prepare as your county moves through the various stages as it states the business activity level that can be conducted as each stage.  This can help you prepare for how you may operate your business at each stage.

 

Bay Area County Links 

Below are links to the various Bay Area counties where you can get information specific to your county.  It is best to review the updated Legal Order for your County via your county's website. In addition, it is recommended that you refer to the current order and information for your county for the most current status and restrictions

Santa Clara County

https://www.sccgov.org

Alameda County 

http://www.co.alameda.ca.us/

Contra Costa County

https://www.contracosta.ca.gov/

San Mateo County 

https://www.smcgov.org/

Marin County

https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/

Santa Cruz County

http://www.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/

San Francisco County 

https://sf.gov/

 



#ShopSafeShopLocal Campaign - Support California Small Businesses!  

The Governor’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery announced a new campaign, Calling All Californians: #ShopSafeShopLocal, to encourage Californians to support small businesses in their communities as they make modifications to protect public health and help our state’s diverse neighborhoods thrive. The campaign is a call to action to help all California small businesses operate safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic and grow their digital footprints. Small businesses can find resources to help them during this time at https://business.ca.gov/shopsafeshoplocal/.

  People with Masks Twitter

 



Upcoming and On Demand Webinars for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs 


COVID19 Business Reopening -Understanding and Managing the Process-East Bay
AnewAmerica Women's Business Center, Oakland | COVID 19 Business Resilience Initiative -East Bay 

This seminar, presented by AnewAmerica Women's Business Center's COVID 19 East Bay Response team, will cover the current guidelines businesses need to know as they open and/or adjust their businesses operations based on the Regional Stay at Home Order and the State of California's tiering system (Blueprint for a Safer Economy). The workshop will cover how to access the State and County information needed in order to know the guidelines for business operations. In addition, the workshop will give suggestions as to planning operations according to the various phases of allowable business activity. This workshop will focus on the State of CA guidance and the guidance for Alameda and Contra Costa counties.  (Please note: The link to the webinar will be shared once you have registered for the session.)  For more information, current dates and times, and to register, please click on the dates below:

February 11th, 19th, & 23rd  

February 10th, 16th & 25th 



Keeping Customers & Winning New Ones During COVID 19 - East Bay 
AnewAmerica Women's Business Center, Oakland | COVID 19 Business Resilience Initiative -East Bay 

This seminar, presented by AnewAmerica Women's Business Center's COVID 19 East Bay Response team, will cover ways that businesses can keep existing clients and get new ones during COVID 19.  These are extremely challenging times for businesses and their "normal" business operations. However, you still need clients! This webinar is designed to help businesses strategize on ways to keep their existing clients and try to win new ones-even during this pandemic. The workshop will cover potential strategies you can use that are under your control even as changes continue to occur that may limit your physical operations and physical contact with clients. Please make time to join us!

 (Please note: The link to the webinar will be shared once you have registered for the session.)

For more information, current dates and times, and to register, please click on the dates below:

 February 9th, 12th & 23rd

February 17th & 24th 



The New Payroll Protection Program (PPP) - Overview 

AnewAmerica Women's Business Center, San Jose | COVID 19 Business Resilience Initiative -South Bay 

This seminar, presented by AnewAmerica Women's Business Center's COVID 19 South Bay Response team, will cover the newly introduced Payroll Protection Program(PPP) that became into effect the week of January 11th. The new program allows access to both Second time and First time PPP borrowers to apply through a participating lender. This workshop is to designed to give an overview of the program and to field general questions.
(PLEASE NOTE: To apply for PPP you must follow the guidance and application process of the participating lender with whom you decide to apply.)

The link to the webinar will be shared once you have registered for the session.  For more information, dates and times, and to register, please click below:


The New Payroll Protection Program (PPP) - Overview (with Vietnamese Translation)

AnewAmerica Women's Business Center, San Jose | COVID 19 Business Resilience Initiative -South Bay 

This workshop will cover the new Payroll Protection Program. (với bản dịch tiếng Việt)

Hội thảo này, được trình bày bởi nhóm Ứng Phó COVID-19 South Bay của Trung tâm Doanh Nghiệp Phụ nữ AnewAmerica, sẽ giới thiệu về Chương Trình Bảo Vệ Tiền Lương (PPP) mới. Chương trình mới cho phép cả người vay PPP lần thứ hai, và lần thứ nhất nộp đơn cho cùng một bên cho vay, mà có tham gia chương trình. Hội thảo này được thiết kế để cung cấp một cái nhìn tổng quan về chương trình và các câu hỏi chung.

(XIN LƯU Ý: Để đăng ký PPP, bạn phải tuân theo hướng dẫn, và quy trình đăng ký của bên cho vay mà bạn nộp đơn với.)

Hội thảo sẽ tổ chức trực tuyến, link của hội thảo sẽ được gửi sau khi bạn đã đăng ký.

Ngày và Giờ cho các hội thảo:

Thứ Hai, 22/02/21: 13:00 PM

Thứ 3, 23/02/21: 10:00 AM

Thứ tư, 24/02/21: 15:00 PM

Thứ năm, 25/02/21: 12:00 PM

Thứ Sáu, 26/02/21: 16:00 PM

Thứ 3, 03/02/21: 18:00 PM

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On Demand Webinars  

It's Time to Get Digital!!!

The California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) and Grow with Google teamed up to provide workshops for small businesses to help them get digital.  If you missed the live webinars, you can access the replays!  Learn how to use the Google tools and resources necessary to help your small business better market online. Find out how to utilize Google maps, drive traffic to your enterprise website, and work with video to increase online revenue. Sessions will cover key tools your business needs like Google My Business and YouTube.

The following are the  workshops that can help you build your digital knowledge and presence!

Get Your Local Business on Google Search and Maps

Learn about Google My Business, a free tool for local businesses who want to connect with customers on Google Search and Maps. Get hands-on help creating or updating your business profile or a simple website.

Make Your Website Work for You

In this presentation, learners will discover how to create a search-friendly website that drives user action and supports their goals. Whether launching a new website or sprucing up an old one, this workshop will help.

Use YouTube to Grow Your Business

Get best practices for creating a YouTube Channel and compelling video content that promotes your products and services and drives engagement with your brand.

To access the replays of the above webinars, click here.

Capital and Connections Part I - Loans and Resources

The GO-Biz California Entrepreneurship Task Force (ETF) continues its virtual learning series to connect with small businesses and startups, and share resources, strategies, and insights on how to adapt to the marketplace during COVID-19. The ETF continues its virtual rapid response sessions with a deep dive into capital and connections to support reopening, recovery, and future resilience. This was the first of a 2-part series on capital to learn from lenders and small businesses through a discussion on resources, strategies, partnerships and opportunities with a focus on access for diverse founders and small businesses.

Join the conversation with:

Dilawar Syed, CEO, Lumiata and ETF Chair
Charlotta Carter, President & CEO, GRI Technology Solutions LLC
Everett Sands, CEO, Lendistry

Hosted/Moderated by: Isabel Guzman, Director, CalOSBA

To view the webinar, please click here.

Capital and Connections Part II - Start Up Success for Communities of Color 

The GO-Biz California Entrepreneurship Task Force (ETF) continues its virtual learning series to connect with small businesses and startups, and share resources, strategies, and insights on how to adapt to the marketplace during COVID-19. The ETF continues its virtual rapid response sessions with a deep dive into capital and connections to support reopening, recovery, and future resilience. This is the second  of a 2-part series on capital to learn from lenders and small businesses through a discussion on resources, strategies, partnerships and opportunities with a focus on access for diverse founders and small businesses.

Join the conversation with:

Dilawar Syed, CEO, Lumiata and ETF Chair
Frederik Groce, Principal, Storm Ventures and Co-Founder BLK VC
Isabel Guzman, Director, CalOSBA

To view the webinar, please click here.

 
 
"Bridging Re-opening: Digital Tools and Strategies"

The GO-Biz California Entrepreneurship Task Force (ETF)  continues its virtual learning series to connect with small businesses and startups, and share resources, strategies, and insights on how to adapt to the marketplace during COVID-19.  As businesses ready for modifications in anticipation of re-opening, technology will become increasingly important, and there are digital resources available.
Listen to a conversation with:

Nuria S. Wolfe, Chief Marketing Officer and Co-Founder, Encantos
and Manal Richa, Business Consultant, OC/IE SBDC
Moderator: Dilawar Syed, CEO, Lumiata and ETF Chair
Hosted by: Isabel Guzman, Director, CalOSBA

To view the webinar, please click here.


Statewide Updates for California Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 (On Demand Webinar)

Small Business Majority, Go-Biz, Employment Development Department (EDD) and Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) cover policy updates related to COVID-19. You can learn about what the State of California and Governor Newsom are implementing to ensure public safety.

Even though this is on-demand, you will still need to register at:  https://app.livestorm.co/small-business-majority/statewide-updates-for-small-businesses-impacted-by-covid-19

Funding Updates for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID19 (Coronavirus)

Small Business Majority, LA Chamber of Commerce, Opportunity Fund, Lendistry, iFundWomen, and the Small Business Development Center present an interactive presentation on the current small business funding landscape and funding options to help entrepreneurs and small business owners in California.

Even though this is on-demand, you will still need to register at: https://app.livestorm.co/small-business-majority/funding-updates-for-california-small-businesses-impacted-by-covid-19

Go - Biz COVID-19 Rapid Response Session #2 with Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs 

The GO-Biz California Entrepreneurship Task Force (ETF) hosted its second session as part of its virtual learning series to connect and share resources, challenges, barriers, and opportunities for small businesses to improve pivot and adapt to the marketplace during COVID-19.

 This session to #MeetThisMoment featured:

• Dilawar Syed, CEO, Lumiata and ETF Chair
• Isabel Guzman, Director, CA Small Business Advocate
• Irma L. Olguin Jr., Co-Founder & CEO, Bitwise Industries
• Teddy Liaw, CEO, NexRep
• Patti Röckenwagner, Co-Owner, Röckenwagner Bakery

To view the webinar, please click here.

Go - Biz COVID-19 Rapid Response Session #3 with Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs 

How Young Firms Can Access Capital

Please join the following leaders in government programs, CDFI lending and early stage venture capital to discuss how young firms can access capital during COVID-19.
  • Dilawar Syed, CEO, Lumiata and ETF Chair
  • Isabel Guzman, Director, Cal-OSBA
  • Bulbul Gupta, President & CEO, Pacific Community Ventures
  • Carmen Palafox, Partner, MiLA Capital
  • Charles Hudson, Managing Partner, Precursor Ventures

To view the webinar, please click here.

Other Important Sites 

  • The latest information on business assistance for resilience can be found at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development website  (Click here).
  • Small business employers can access support for their businesses and their employees with these helpful resources.
  • City of San Jose - Important Information from the Office of Economic Development (Click Here), COVID 19 Updates (Click Here
  • City of Oakland - Information for Businesses and Workers
  • Access to No-Cost Legal Resources for Low-Income Small Business Owners Impacted by COVID-19 in San Jose (Click Here

 

    Please check back often as this page will be update as information warrants. 

                                                            Thank you!