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Minimum Wage Workshop

Minimum Wage Workshop

 Mastering the Minimum Wage    
A new minimum wage law is being implemented in Oakland.  To support our community during the transition we are offering a minimum wage workshop geared towards restaurants, but all businesses can benefit from this session.
This workshop will discuss:
•    Details of the new minimum wage law and how it works
•    Calculating the financial impact of the new law on restaurants
•    Mitigation strategies for restaurants to offset the financial impact
Date:        Thursday, March 19, 2015
Time:        10am-12pm
Location:      2101 Webster Street
                   Suite 1200
                   Oakland, CA 94612
Register:  http://www.magnetmail.net/forms/display_form.cfm?fid=42828&mid=9486746&rid=1626904414&rtype=mm&uid=OBDC
Presented by OBDC Small Business Finance, the City of Oakland, and Legal Services for Entrepreneurs.

City of Oakland Minimum Wage Ordinance

This past November, Oakland citizens voted in favor of mesasure FF, a local ordinance increasing the Minimum Wage in Oakland to $12.25 per hour. The new minimum wage will begin on March 2, 2015 and then rise with the Regional Consumer Price Index beginning on January 1, 2016, and every year thereafter. Please click on the following links for full detailed decsription of the Minimum Wage Ordinance, the Paid Sick Leave, and the Service Charge descriptions, which are also available in Spanish and Cantonese. 

City Minimum Wage Media Release                                                                                                                                            
Oakland Minimum Wage Paid Sick Leave and Service Charge Notices

Oakland Minimum Wage Spanish 

Oakland Minimum Wage Notice Cantonese

California Competes Tax Credit


 The California Competes Tax Credit is an income tax credit available to businesses that  want to come to California or stay and grow in California. Tax credit agreements will be negotiated by the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development and approved by the California Competes Tax Credit Committee. Each fiscal year, 25% of the available credits are reserved for small businesses. Applications are accepted online and there is no fee to appy.                                                                                                                                                                

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National Entrepreneurship Week: 10+ Biz Resources for Millennials | Avoiding Entrepreneurial Scams | How to Write a Biz Plan
Last week, we celebrated National Entrepreneurship Week by showcasing
the great resources that help pave the way for the next generation of entrepreneurs,
small business owners and job creators. Check them out! http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USSBA/bulletins/f3b2b0

New Year, New Business
Are you thinking about starting a business this year? It involves planning, making key financial decisions and completing a series of legal activities. The U.S. Small Business Administration has 10 steps that can help you plan, prepare and manage your business.  Click below to view as a webpage  http://content.govdelivery.com

Free Legal Clinic


 Legal Services for Entrpreneurs presents: Free Legal Clinic at the Business Assistance Center
•    Can someone explain a contract or lease to me?
•    Should my business be an LLC, partnership, or S-corp?
•    Do I need a trademark? Copyright? Patent?
Find out the answers to these very important questions.
 Thursday, April 9, 2015 5pm-7pm
 270 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, 94612

Registration required: www.lccr.com/events.php (415)543-9444 ext. 217

Small Business Loans



  Kiva Zip is an Internet platform, launched by Kiva, that enables individual lenders around the world to “crowd fund” interest-free loans directly to small business owners, micro-enterprises and entrepreneurs. Loans are currently interest free and allow borrowers with strong business plans but that are not eligible for conventional lending to raise up to $5,000 and eventually be eligible for up to $50,000 in loans on the Kiva Zip platform. As a Kiva Zip trustee, the City of Oakland is interested in endorsing micro enterprises that demonstrate growth opportunities and unique business enterprises that meet a community need or offer employment opportunities for the entrepreneur or other Oakland residents, especially low- or moderate-income individuals, or a micro-enterprise that is interested in locating in Oakland’s underserved commercial areas. We strongly encourage all Oaklanders to help grow our local economy by helping businesses through the innovative Kiva Zip Lending program. We are now actively seeking candidates to endorse for a Kiva Zip Loan. If you are a local business interested in finding out more details please contact Juno Thomas (510)238-4727 This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  



Small Business Health Care Tax Credit

ATTENTION: Small Business Owners
It is not too late to claim the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit!
As the March 15 corporation tax deadline approaches, it is important for small business owners to be aware of the various tax laws that can help with their businesses' bottom line.  Several tax laws are impacting small business tax returns this season and providing substantial savings, including the underutilized Small Business Health Care Tax Credit.To determine if your business or tax exempt organization qualifies for the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit, visit http://www.healthlawguideforbusiness.org consult with your tax preparer. More than 500,000 California employers may be eligible for this tax credit and yours may be one of them! 

Oakland Business is Green Business
Oakland is home to more than 130 certified Green Businesses, through the Bay Area Green Business Program.

Oakland Recycles is offering free technical assistance to Oakland businesses that are interested in becoming certified green businesses. To jump start the certification process, green business experts will be contacting Oakland businesses to introduce the Green Business Program and shepherd interested businesses through the certification process.

Distinguish your business in the marketplace as an environmental leader through the Green Business Program.

Interested in a free assessment? Need to know more? Contact Oakland Recycles at (510) 238-SAVE (7283) or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Look us up on Facebook at Sustainable Oakland to keep up to date with the latest information from this project.


 The Business Assistance Center (BAC) is proud to partner with SCORE in promoting their workshops. Whether you are starting or growing your business, SCORE workshops are a valuable way to learn more about doing business and a convenient forum for networking with other business professionals who can help you succeed. These low-cost seminars focus on important small business issues, ranging from business planning and marketing to Web-based retailing. Please click on the following link http://www.eastbayscore.org/page_text.php?page_id=48 to view SCORE e-News Letters. Click on the Workshop tab to see the complete list of workshops and seminars, including the dates, times, and locations.

Take Your Business Global

    Small businesses seeking to grow their businesses and create jobs through exporting can turn to new, free educational videos created through a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration, Inc. Magazine and AT&T. Through the public-private partnership, a series of video modules has been developed to inspire and encourage American small businesses to actively pursue exporting and to educate them on how to do so.

     The video series, Take Your Business Global features five main topics that guide small businesses through the process of exporting:

  1. Getting Started in Exporting
  2. Planning for Export Success
  3. Connecting with Foreign Buyers
  4. Financing
  5. Five Case Studies of Successful Small Business Exporters
     The videos are posted at www.inc.com/exporting/.
Community Voices

As a small business person are you taking advantage of what Oakland offers. Click the link below to view a very informative article on the Business Assistance Center.


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