Economic Development News from the East Bay | July 2020

Join us next week on Tuesday, July 21 for Workplace Reimagined, an upcoming webinar in our 2020 Speaker Series exploring the built environment and employee safety during a pandemic.

Craig Rice, AIA, LEED AP, and Carissa Mylin, IIDA of SERA Architects will discuss the changing landscape of office and work environments during COVID-19 and best practices from the industry. SERA is a cross-disciplinary architecture and design firm specializing in sustainable design for the built environment.

This webinar is free and open to both East Bay EDA members and non-members. Make sure to submit your questions for the speaker Q & A in the registration form. Please share with businesses in your network!

The coronavirus pandemic and efforts to mitigate its spread have presented extraordinary challenges for our region’s residents and small businesses. The Alameda County Public Health Department and Contra Costa Health Services continue to issue updated guidance following increased positive testing... Read More

On July 1, Congress passed an extension to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), giving businesses until Aug. 8, 2020, to apply. Visit for an overview of the new PPP terms, lists of lenders, FAQs, as well as other COVID-19 and CARES Act business resources. Venturize is a program of the Small Business Majority.

The East Bay Innovation Awards will continue on October 15, 2020 with a new online format. Mark your calendars for this important event that will highlight 20 of the East Bay's most innovative companies and organizations across 10 categories. Even through challenging times, we will continue to showcase the regions' ingenuity and resiliency!

This month, the University of California Board of Regents announced the appointment of Michael V. Drake, M.D., as the 21st president of UC’s world-renowned system of 10 campuses, five medical centers, three national labs, and more. On behalf of the East Bay and our UC members and affiliates, welcome President Drake!

The Northern California Small Business Development Center (NorCal SBDC) is compiling the latest and greatest webinars and resources for small businesses on their COVID-19 Business Resource Page. Make sure to watch the Coping with COVID-19 webinar series, featuring topics ranging from applying for federal assistance, to restaurants and online sales.

As the Bay Area continues to respond to this public health emergency, we remain committed to providing forums and venues to share promising practices, resources, and tools that can help us all. East Bay EDA is compiling real-time trusted information and resources for employers and workers in our communities. Visit our resource page today.