Our 1st in-person mixer of 2021 was a fabulous success with over 50 folks coming out to socialize and network ‘mask to mask’. Thank you to all attendees, raffle donors, supporter and definitely to our host, Valentino Carrillo and the Que Rico crew! Check out a few photos on Photo Gallery page!

Biden announces PPP changes designed to help underserved borrowers:

President Joe Biden early Monday announced a series of changes to the Paycheck Protection Program designed to make the program more accessible to underserved borrowers. The changes:

  • tarting Wednesday, only businesses with fewer than 20 employees can apply for loans for a two-week period.
  • The way loans are calculated will be revised so businesses without employees get more relief. The previous calculation — based on payroll — made the program ineffective for sole proprietors and independent contractors, including many businesses of color. The Biden administration also will set aside $1 billion in PPP loan funds for businesses without employees in low- and moderate-income areas.
  • The elimination of an exclusion that prevents business owners with non-fraud felony convictions from accessing the program.
  • The elimination of an exclusion that prevents business owners who are delinquent on federal students loans from accessing the program.
  • Non-citizen small-business owners who are lawful U.S. residents will be able to apply for loans using individual taxpayer identification numbers.

PPP, the Small Business Administration’s principal pandemic-relief program, is scheduled to run through March 31.

Oakland Minimum Wage, Paid Leave & Service Charge Law and Hotel Workers Protection & Employment Standards

Oakland’s Measure FF, a voter-enacted ballot measure passed in November 2014, provides annual increases to Oakland’s Minimum Wage based on the local Consumer Price Index (CPI). Effective January 1, 2020, the rate rises 34¢, from $13.80 to $14.14 per hour. For more information visit  oaklandca.gov/minimumwage.