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 
 

As of 06/15/21 the Shelter at Home Order for the entire State of California has ended and the "Blue Print for A Safer Economy" tier system has also ended. Effective 06/15/21 the State of California has fully re-opened the economy and businesses statewide.  For more information, please click here. Please note: Private businesses may still have their own COVID 19 protocols in place.  Also, businesses are strongly encouraged to check with the County in which their  business is located to see any county guidelines that still may be in effect. 

 

UPDATE: Due to the rise in the Delta variance, effective 08/03/21 everyone regardless of vaccination status will be required to use face coverings/masks indoors in public spaces in the following Bay Area locations:

Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, and the City of Berkeley

 

For more information, check the County Health website of the county in which you are located.(see below for links)

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  Our Offices are Now Open for In-Person Services!

  • Effective June 22, 2021 the center has resumed in-person operations.  Please Note:  We do require the use of a mask upon entry into our office regardless of vaccination status.  We will provide a mask for use for those who arrive without their own mask or facial covering.  We are also able to assist clients via phone and video meetings.  For more information, (Click Here).

AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center – Oakland  Our Offices are Now Open for In-Person Services!

  • Effective June 22, 2021 the center has resumed in-person operations.  Please Note:  We do require the use of a mask upon entry into our office regardless of vaccination status.  We will provide a mask for use for those who arrive without their own mask or facial covering.  We are also able to assist clients via phone and video meetings.  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 ENDED on 05/31/21)

 

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   Program Ended 05/04/21

For information on the potential restart of the program should new funding become available, please click here

 

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

Effective 06/15/21 the State of California has fully re-opened the economy and businesses statewide.  For more information, please click here. Please note: Private businesses may still have their own COVID 19 protocols in place.  Also, businesses are strongly encouraged to check with the County in which their business is located to see any county guidelines that still may be in effect.  

 

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 



 

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!