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East Bay EDA Releases 2020 Economic Outlook
Webinar: Laid Off/Furloughed Employee Resources
Hot Employment Laws You Need to Know About!
Partner Spotlight: East Bay EDA
SBA Now Accepting New Disaster Relief Applications
Webinars Focused on Coping with COVID-19
Get Help With Layoffs and Closures
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East Bay EDA Releases 2020 Economic Outlook

East Bay Economic Outlook 2020

The East Bay Economic Development Alliance has published the 49-page East Bay Economic Outlook 2020, in partnership with Bank of America, Alameda County Workforce Development Board and the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County.

The 2020 East Bay Economic Outlook Report is a summary of key economic indicators for the East Bay as it compares to the Bay Area region and the state of California. Because of the timing of the report, most of the data presented preceded the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, the report is intended to provide business leaders with information and perspectives on the health of the East Bay economy. As the region looks ahead to economic recovery, the data will be critical to inform current and prospective policy responses.

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Webinar: Laid Off/Furloughed Employee Resources

Join us every Thursday in July at 2 p.m. to get answers to your questions about workforce services, unemployment insurance (UI), healthcare coverage and other resources. Experts at the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County and State of California Employment Development Department will be on hand during the weekly webinar to answer your questions.

Join us on July 2, 9, 6, 23 and 30.

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Hot Employment Laws You Need to Know About!

Join the California Employers Association for a July 15 webinar that will bring you up to speed on the hottest 2020 employment laws in effect since January. The summer 2020 update will be from 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

It will cover:

    • Minimum wage increases amid COVID conditions.
    • New ruling on paying for boots in the workplace.
    • COVID changes to I-9 forms.
    • Age discrimination lawsuits.
    • Employee handbook updates.
    • Coronavirus and FFCRA rules,
    • And more…

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Partner Spotlight

East Bay EDA a Resource for Creating Resilient Regional Ecosystem

When the coronavirus hit in March, Stephen Baiter, executive director of the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, and his team were preparing for their biggest event of the year, the East Bay Innovation Awards.

They had to shelve the event.

“We pivoted very quickly as the magnitude of the impacts around the region started to become clear,” said Baiter, whose organization provides forums and networking opportunities for businesses to share promising practices, resources and tools.

East Bay EDA, with more than 150 members, is a cross-sector, public-private partnership that promotes strategic economic development throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties. With COVID-19 affecting businesses, the organization quickly convened regional partners, including its business and city members, to better understand how things were playing out on the ground level. In a three-week period, they generated nearly 2,000 responses to a business recovery survey to gather crucial information about how the virus was impacting local businesses.

Since then, East Bay EDA has been organizing a response to the small-business community, which has been the hardest-hit by the pandemic. On June 23, the organization hosted a webinar focused on best practices for reopening restaurants and bars. (Watch video recording) They will also be following up and having focused conversations with business sectors that have been impacted the greatest by the pandemic.

East Bay EDA is working to provide data and insights to help identify those industry sectors that have resiliency in the midst of the pandemic challenges – information that can be used to shape solutions.

“We’re really a regional resource that works across different industry sectors to proactively look at solutions to create and sustain a more resilient regional economy,” Baiter said. “We’re here with a lot of real-time information and data about what’s happening on the ground and are working with many different stakeholders to think about ways in which to respond to our challenges and find new solutions. We want others to join our network and be a part of the efforts we’re undertaking to help shape and position our region for greater resilience and success.”

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SBA Now Accepting New Applications for COVID-19 EIDL and Advance

On June 15, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) began accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications from qualified small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses. The advance, of up to $10,000, is meant to provide economic relief to businesses currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue and will not have to be repaid, according to the SBA website.

Apply here.

According to the site, agricultural businesses includes those businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries (as defined by section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 647(b)). SBA is encouraging all eligible agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees wishing to apply to begin preparing their business financial information needed for their application.

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Contra Costa SBDC Provides Webinars Focused on Coping with COVID-19

Find the help you need as a small business trying to navigate COVID-19. Check out this Coping with COVID-19 webinar library on the Contra Costa Small Business Development Center website.

Webinar topics include:

    • 10-minute overview of forms needed to apply for disaster assistance
    • Emergency cash flow resources and opportunities
    • Prepping to apply for emergency SBA economic injury loans
    • Restaurants responding to COVID-19
    • Repairing your credit
    • Start selling online during COVID-19

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Layoffs and Closures Are Difficult – We Can Guide You and Your Employees Through It

You are not alone if you are facing a layoff or closure as a result of the pandemic. It’s a challenging time for many businesses, and WDBCCC is here to help large and small businesses alike. Just email Rapid Response Coordinator Charles Brown III at, and someone from our Rapid Response Team will call you to discuss your needs and provide services to help impacted workers.

For more general information, please review our Services Offered and Layoff and Outplacement.

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