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DOWNTOWN ALAMEDA

The Downtown Alameda Business Association and the City of Alameda are committed to keeping businesses up-to-date with relevant information.

  • Bookmark this page and check back daily for new updates.
  • Check for up-to-date info being posted on the City's website: www.alamedaca.gov/alerts

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Relief Loans
The Small Business Association is offering emergency low-interest loans to help small businesses overcome the temporary loss of revenue and to help pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.

Local organizations are available for technical assistance in filling out your SBA loan application:

  • 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.

Learn about eligibility, available loan terms, collateral, credit requirements, and more. Webinar recordings:

  • On March 25, the City of Alameda hosted a representative from the SBA who shared information and answered questions about the “ABC’s of SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans.” You can find a recording of the webinar on the Resources for Business and Workers Impacted by COVID-19 page, under the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans tab.
  • On March 19, the SBDC hosted a webinar to walk businesses through applying for a SBA Economic Injury Loan. Notes from the webinar including several references to resources can be found here. (The original slideshow can be found here.)

COVID-19 Small Business Survival Resources
SBDC has compiled a Small Business Survival Guide, answers to frequently answered questions, and other resources to help navigate through the chaos COVID-19 is having on employers and employees: https://www.norcalsbdc.org/covid-19

City of Alameda Resources for Employers
Visit the City of Alameda's website for regular updates and information about a variety of state, local and federal programs that may help businesses with the economic impacts of COVID-19: www.alamedaca.gov/COVID-19-Business-and-Worker-Resources

How Can We Help?

We're here to help and want to continue to provide beneficial information and resources. Please click this link to answer this short questionnaire: https://docs.google.com/member-questionnaire

      Are there any additional resources we can offer?
      Is there something else you’d like to see?
      How best can our community help you?
      What services or guidance can you offer to fellow businesses?

We're providing an easy-to-share portal with our neighbors who are looking for ways to support you. Please take a moment to add your Downtown Alameda business to the list: https://docs.google.com/forms/business-status

Message from the Executive Director:

Hello there…

I’m thinking a lot about our community: all of you, who comprise this vibrant and vital district. The shopkeepers, restaurateurs, business owners and your employees. I hope you’re staying safe and healthy.

During my first week as Downtown Alameda Business Association, Executive Director, I had been fortunate to stop in to meet some of you. Sady, these in-person introductions are on hold for now, but I want you to know I am honored to be here...to listen...and learn.

We are facing a challenging time. This is uncharted territory for all of us and it is constantly evolving. As we navigate this new path together, please let me know what you need. I am available at kathy@downtownalameda.com.

I want you to know, with certainty, that your Downtown Association's leadership is committed to support and advocate for you during this challenging time— whether it’s to provide a reliable place to go for up-to-date, factual information, access business resources, or simply offer an opportunity to connect. How can we help?

It's an unprecedented time, and I want to make sure we keep supporting each other like the great community we are.

Be well,

Kathy Weber
Executive Director

For Members:

Downtown Easter Egg Hunt

Kids and their families will be on the hunt for treats in our downtown district on Saturday, April 11. If your business is interested in participating, sign-up soon!

Hire a Teen: Youth Job Fair

Connect with talented high school students! The City is hosting the fifth annual Youth Career & Job Fair on Thursday, March 19. Registration for a table is FREE to businesses.

Facade Grant Application

The City is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Façade Grant Program. Funds for Exterior Painting are being reimbursed at the 80/20 level for the remainder of this round!

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

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

Operations 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.
Meets second Tuesdays, 8:30am.

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.
Meeting date TBD.

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 Wednesdays, 8:00am. Board Packets

View the FY2019/2020 Work Plan

View the 2019 Annual Meeting Slideshow (presented Oct. 16, 2019)

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

Downtown business mixers provide an opportunity for our members to network and receive district updates.

Bring your business card for a chance to win a door prize!

Next Downtown Mixer:

APRIL MIXER

  • Wednesday, April 15
  • 5:30-7:00pm
  • Kokoro Donburi,
    1518 Park Street

Mark your calendar... Downtown Mixers are usually held the third Wednesday of the month.

Newsletters

Access the latest news:

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

December 2019

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2019 Archives

2018 Archives

2017 Archives

 

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