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Effective August 3: Face coverings are required while inside businesses and other public settings, regardless of vaccination status

Member News Updates

updated 7/30/21

Board & Committees

updated 7/23/21

Business Resources

updated 6/15/21

Margarita Stroll

We're planning a Mamas & Margaritas (and Cool Papas too!) Stroll for the fall season. Downtown businesses can participate by hosting a Pouring Station, providing Small Bites, or contributing a Prize Drawing or items for the Goodie Bags.

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Facade Grants

The City of Alameda has re-opened the popular Façade Grant Program to help local businesses and property owners spruce up their storefronts. The program offers 50/50 matching grants ranging from $500 to $15,000, depending on the improvement.

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Special Announcement, 6/24/21: Please welcome Ali Savage, our new Membership & Events Coordinator! We are excited to have her join the team as we resume events that welcome visitors to the district. Read More

Upcoming Webinars & Workshops

The Downtown Alameda Business Association in partnership with the City of Alameda, West Alameda Business Association, and Alameda Chamber host various online sessions to benefit our local businesses. Click on titles to join the discussions. Click Here to submit a question or topic suggestion for an upcoming Business Town Hall.


Learn from practical business trainings covering key topics from marketing basics, to e-commerce, to operating your business in a pandemic world. Online trainings are available at no cost. Browse the SBDC calendar.

About the Downtown Alameda Business Association

Mission & Purpose

The Downtown Alameda Business Association serves as a support network for the businesses located in Alameda's Park Street Business District. The Downtown Association's goal is to develop an economically prosperous business district through a united effort of its members.

Board & Committees

All meetings are held online. Contact the office for access.

Outreach Committee - Develops and maintains relationships with stakeholders and important entities including local businesses, property owners, City staff, and various government agencies.
First Tuesdays, 8:30am.

Clean,Green and Safe Committee - Plans and executes key programs that are vital to the Downtown Association including managing the L&L Assessment and operational functions for street maintenance, event execution, and volunteers. (formerly Operations Committee)
Second Tuesdays, 10:00am.

Marketing Committee - Develops the Downtown Association’s long-term marketing plan, creating a consistent brand and key messaging strategy to bring visitors to the downtown; plans and implements public events.
Third Mondays, 9:30am.

Board of Directors - Provides oversight and governance of the association, determines the annual budget, and represents the membership on issues that affect the District. Board members are elected by the membership.
Meets last Wednesday of the month, 8:30am.

Board Packets

2021/22 Annual BIA Report & Work Plan

 

Strategic Plan - 2020 Vision (Summary)

Strategic Plan - 2020 Vision (Presentation)

2021 Board Induction & Achievements/Goals

Things To Know

The Downtown Alameda Business Association's staff are available to answer any questions you may have about our Downtown community -- send us an email, call, or schedule a meeting. In the meantime, our Member Portal is full of information you will find to be beneficial.

Monthly Mixers

All in-person events are on hold at this time. Please join us online for our monthly Business Town Hall: 2nd Tuesdays @ 2.

Newsletters

Updates with essential news are currently being emailed weekly.

Not receiving our emails? Please contact the DABA office.

July 30, 2021

July 24, 2021

July 16, 2021

July 2, 2021

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Past Newsletters:

2020 Archives

2019 Archives

2018 Archives

Recent & Notable Page Updates
8/2/21 added - Indoor Masking Requirements (Safety)
7/30/21 updated - Link to latest Weekly Update for Businesses (Newsletters)
7/23/21 added - July Board Packet (Committees)
7/21/21 updated - Upcoming Webinars & Workshops for Businesses (Webinars)
7/12/21 added - Link to Sign Up for Stroll Event (Dashboard)
7/12/21 added - Link to Facade Grant Program (Dashboard)
7/8/21 added - City of Alameda Commercial Streets Program Survey (Streets)
6/24/21 added - New Staff Announcement (Dashboard)
4/30/21 added - FY2021/22 Work Plan (Committees)

Join Us!  Share Ideas!  Learn from Others!

Town Hall: 2nd Tuesdays @ 2

Learn what's being done to support our local business community and get your questions answered. This MONTHLY online session is held in partnership with the City of Alameda and open to all Alameda businesses.

Private Email Forum

Looking for advice or referrals? Do you want to alert downtown businesses of a happening? Communicate directly with other downtown business owners and managers with one email...

Private Facebook Group

Members are invited to join our PRIVATE discussion group. Communicate directly with other business owners and managers in our district... Share ideas, ask for advice, post alerts.

COVID-19 Updates for Businesses

Effective August 3, 2021: All individuals within the County of Alameda are required to wear face coverings when indoors in workplaces and public settings, with limited exemptions. Businesses, venue operators, individuals, hosts, and others responsible for operation of indoor public settings must:

  1. Require all patrons to wear face coverings for all indoor settings, regardless of their vaccination status; and
  2. Post clearly visible and easy-to-read signage at all entry points to communicate the masking requirements to all patrons.

It's also recommended that businesses make face coverings available to individuals entering the business.

REOPENING BUSINESSES SAFELY - Updated Guidance Coming Soon!

Employers can help stop the spread of COVID-19 by ensuring that they follow the state and local guidelines and supporting employees’ decisions to stay home.

In following California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, all businesses need to take steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19 by creating a safe environment for both workers and customers. Before reopening, businesses are required to:

    1. Implement a Site-Specific Protection Plan (SPP - updated Oct. 1)
    2. Train employees on how to do a self-assessment for symptoms and stay home if they have them
    3. Implement screening controls of employees upon arrival at the workplace
    4. Regularly clean and disinfect (EPA approved list of disinfectants)
    5. Implement physical distancing guidelines at the workplace
    6. Ensure all persons are wearing a face covering in your business
    7. Comply with all guidance issued by the State, County, and City
    8. Know how to report a confirmed or suspected COVID-19-case

Required: Guidance for Businesses Allowed to Reopen
Please remember that when guidance is provided by both County and State, the stricter rules apply. Industry-Specific Guidance documents are provided in multiple languages on the County's COVID Recovery page for businesses. Additional industry guidance is available on the California website .

Required: Site-Specific Protection Plan
All businesses and organizations allowed to operate under the current Shelter in Place Health Order must develop a written Site-Specific Protection Plan (SPP) to show how your business is providing a safe, clean environment for workers and customers. To help businesses meet the requirement, the County provides guidance and a template in Appendix A.

Required: Social Distancing & Face Coverings
The current Shelter in Place Order requires face coverings to be worn when around others outside the home. Signage should be posted at each business entrance to remind customers, staff, vendors, and others of the requirement for face coverings, social distancing, and other health protocols you have in place. A sample sign to be posted at your entrance can be found on the Face Covering FAQs page.

the reopen guide

As we slowly begin to open, we are happy to present “the reopen guide.” These actionable steps will help you transition into the next phase while maintaining safe spaces for workers and customers.

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open for business

We're providing an easy-to-share list  for community members who are looking for ways to support you. Please add or update the status of your Downtown Alameda business.

CLICK HERE

COMMERCIAL STREETS PROGRAM

July 8, 2021 Update: The Commercial Streets program is currently being evaluated by the City and they want to hear from the community! www.alamedaca.gov/commercialstreets

The Downtown Association has been working closely with City staff to develop and launch a multi-pronged Commercial Streets Program to support the health of our businesses and the community. The program makes it easy to set up commercial activity on the sidewalks and streamlines the permit approval process for creating parklets (using parking spaces). The program also reconfigured a portion of Park Street to greatly increase the area available for pedestrian passage and commercial uses.

To help maintain safe conditions, the City has put together a comprehensive two-page "Safe Outdoor Commercial Activities" code compliance tip sheet.

Parklet Webinar (July 9)

Curbside Pickup
Businesses outside of the Park Street Realignment area can request to have existing on-street parking converted to curbside pick-up or short-term parking. Email transportation@alamedaca.gov with your name, business name and address, and parking meter number. The City will make requested changes, as feasible. (15-minute pick up zones have already been created in the Park Street Reconfiguration area.)

Commercial Use on Sidewalks
Businesses can set up outdoor dining, retail, and other allowable services on the sidewalks in front of their storefront-- no permits are needed. You'll need to follow the conditions outlined here, including maintaining a minimum 8-feet of clear sidewalk space along Park Street and a minimum 6-feet on the side streets. Additional information and detailed parameters can be found on the Commercial Streets web page.

Private Parking Lots & Outdoor Spaces
Businesses can use their privately-owned outdoor space and parking lots for outdoor dining, retail, and other allowable commercial uses. ADA parking spaces and access needs to be maintained at all times. In most cases, plans and permit applications do not need to be submitted to the City -- although permits are required for canopies larger than 10x10. Additional information and detailed parameters can be found on the Commercial Streets web page.

Parklets
With a parklet, any business in the downtown district can convert the parking space(s) in front of or near your business into an area for outdoor dining, retail, or other allowable service. The City has streamlined the parklet permit process and it's free to apply. The Parklet Encroachment Permit Application, the Parklet Conditions, and the Parklet Design Guidelines can be found on the Commercial Streets web page. Additionally, we've put together an easy-to-use Parklet Application Checklist.

Park Street Realignment
Park Street between Lincoln Ave and San Jose Ave has been reduced to two lanes to slow down traffic and to greatly increase the outdoor area available for safe passage of people walking, shopping, and eating downtown. The former curbside parking spaces next to the curb can be used for outdoor dining, customer seating, and other commercial activities (see above info on Parklets). The former outside traffic lane is strictly for pickup/dropoff with a maximum 15-minutes parking. This configuration is expected to be in place through October 2021, or longer if necessary.

Questions?
Details and parameters for utilizing outdoor spaces are posted on the City's Commercial Streets Program page. If you have questions about activating any of these areas, please contact Kathy Weber at kathy@downtownalameda.com or call 510-523-1392.

CITY OF ALAMEDA UPDATES

The City of Alameda committed to keeping businesses up-to-date with relevant information. Regular updates and information that may help business owners with the economic impacts of COVID-19 are being posted on the city's website:

  • Business Reopening Guide
  • Webinars + Town Halls
  • Business Loans & Grants
  • Tax Extensions, Deferments, and Credits
  • Eviction Relief for Businesses
  • Unemployment Assistance and Work Sharing
  • Other Resources for Businesses

What's Open Alameda? Directory: Over 240 businesses are listed on this new, user-friendly directory for all Alameda businesses open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Registration only takes a few minutes, and allows you to add information on specials, COVID-19 safety measures, curbside/delivery info, or anything else you would like to share with your customers. Add your business here

Feed Alameda: The City of Alameda launched a new campaign that will feed the most vulnerable members of our community while supporting local restaurants. Learn More & Donate

Alameda Strong Community Fund: In partnership with our local business associations, the City has launched an "Alameda Strong" campaign to raise money for Alameda businesses, residents, and non-profits adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the grant awards, small businesses and non-profits could receive up to $7,500; sole proprietor businesses could receive $3,750. The goal is to raise over $1 million for grants that can help our most vulnerable small businesses. Help get the word out about this program: www.alamedastrong.org

BUSINESS GUIDANCE & RESOURCES

Effective June 15: Businesses can operate without capacity limits. Although face masks are not required by fully vaccinated people, businesses have the right to request all customers to wear face masks while in their shops, restaurants, or offices.

Local organizations are available to help equip you with tools and guide you through the economic difficulties posed by COVID-19:

  • EAST Bay Score offers business counselling services, including help with applying for a SBA Disaster Assistance Loan. All counseling sessions are conducted by telephone, video, or email. East Bay Score can be reached at 510-273-6611 or info@eastbayscore.org.
  • Alameda County SBDC provides one-on-one counselling for small businesses and has a wealth of information about resources and programs. Free online webinars are available featuring interviews with experts in capital resource, e-commerce, and more.

Small Business Survival Guide and Resources
California SBDC has compiled the latest news and resources in a Small Business Survival Guide that helps employers and employees get through the economic hardship of COVID-19 and prepare for a stronger reopen: www.californiasbdc.org/covid19

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