Downtown Oakland Association

Downtown Oakland Association The Downtown Oakland Association is committed to promoting economic development and cultural enrichment in the the heart of our city.
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06/24/2020

myCovidMD is providing FREE COVID-19 Testing in Oakland TODAY in downtown Oakland on 13th Street at 1300 Broadway from 1pm-5pm.

There will be a DJ on-site and other community-centered surprises!

For more information about COVIDmd visit: https://covidmd.org/

06/08/2020
Mayor Libby Schaaf

It was incredible to see the hundreds of volunteers who came out today to help clean-up #Oakland look good. Thank you Charles Taylor and Charlese Banks of The Town Experience!!!

Over 500 volunteers out today cleaning up downtown and supporting our small businesses. This is Oakland 💚 A huge thank you to Uptown Downtown and #TheTownExperience for organizing this incredible event.

Elisse Douglass, one of our board members, organized a GoFundMe to help support the Black-owned businesses affected duri...
06/02/2020
Oakland Black Business Damage Fund organized by Elisse Douglass

Elisse Douglass, one of our board members, organized a GoFundMe to help support the Black-owned businesses affected during the demonstrations and what an incredible response that was received in raising over $45K!

Due to the amount of support that was received, businesses will be able to start applying for funds this evening!!! The funds will start with up to $500 grants per business and will allocate more funds as more money is raised. See link in the comments to apply.
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The GoFundMe project is still accepting donations: click here for more information: https://www.gofundme.com/f/oakland-black-business-damage-fund?utm_source=fb_copy_link&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

Oakland Black Business Damage Fund“A riot is the voice of the unheard” - MLKFriends… Elisse Douglass needs your support for Oakland Black Business Damage Fund

We want to thank all of the volunteers who have come out to help clean our downtown Oakland!  Thank you! Thank you!!  Th...
06/02/2020

We want to thank all of the volunteers who have come out to help clean our downtown Oakland! Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you Jana Pastena for keeping the volunteers hydrated and a great big thank you to Charlese Banks of @The Town Experience and Charles Taylor for keeping everything going smoothly.

If you would like to volunteer, please visit https://downtownoakland.org/ and fill out the volunteer form and further information will be forward to you about when and where to show up to volunteer.

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation has partnered with the City of Oakland to launch a relief fund with $625,000 for artists a...
05/19/2020
East Bay/Oakland Arts Relief Fund Launches - Kenneth Rainin Foundation

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation has partnered with the City of Oakland to launch a relief fund with $625,000 for artists and culture workers living in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Approximately $300,000 of the funds will be made available for Oakland residents. https://krfoundation.org/east-bay-oakland-relief-fund-for-individuals-in-the-arts/.

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, working with the City of Oakland as well as a host of partner funds, foundations, and individuals, announced today that they have launched a relief fund with $625,000 for artists and culture workers living in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties with at least $300,000 ded...

Be sure to enter win a $50 gift card to Bar Shiru.  They are offering cocktail kits, a Whiskey of the Week special, Japa...
05/07/2020

Be sure to enter win a $50 gift card to Bar Shiru. They are offering cocktail kits, a Whiskey of the Week special, Japanese whiskeys, spirits, beer, wine and sake available for Saturday delivery. Orders must be received by Friday at 2pm with deliveries happening on Saturday between 2pm-6pm, Delivery service limited to Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, and San Francisco.

Must 21 or over to purchase alcohol.

#supportsmallbusiness, #supportoaklandlocal, #oaklandbars, #oakland, #downtownoakland.

$50 Gift Card Sweepstakes - Day 4 is all about Bar Shiru! Do you still love the sound of vinyl? If so, you will want to head to Bar Shiru located 1611 Telegraph.

How do you enter? Please 'Like" and comment 'Pick Me' on this Facebook post.

You can also enter to win on Instagram with a 'Like' and tagging 3 friends on the $50 gift card sweepstakes post.

One winner will be randomly selected by and announced the following morning after 10am. For details on sweepstakes rules please review the attached document.

One of Bar Shiru's missions is to celebrate the connective power of music and harness that power to build and strengthen community. During this extended closure due to the pandemic, when we can't be together physically, the Bay Area's first hi-fi vinyl listening bar has been keeping the musical spirit alive virtually, posting daily record picks on Instagram and hosting a virtual happy hour every Friday at 4pm on Instagram Live that features two hours of vinyl selections streamed live from Bar Shiru's hi-fi. If you'd like to support Bar Shiru, they have gift cards available at www.barshiru.com. You can stay connected to all the happenings over on their Instagram Bar Shiru

#oakcentral, #oaklandcentral, #oakland, #supportsmallbusiness, #covid19businesssupport, #downtownoaklandbusiness, #downtownoakland,
#giftcardgiveaway. #oaklandbars

These times are causing everyone to rethink marketing and messaging for business.  Start Small Think Big is offering FRE...
05/05/2020
Free Legal, Financial & Marketing Workshops & Classes for Small Businesses — Start Small Think Big

These times are causing everyone to rethink marketing and messaging for business. Start Small Think Big is offering FREE webinars to help small businesses with tips in navigating the waters at this time. Click the link for more information.

https://www.startsmallthinkbig.org/workshops-classes

Start Small Think Big offers classes and workshops to entrepreneurs on a variety of topics related to business success, including financial, legal and marketing. We work with top partners in New York City and the Bay Area to provide informative and powerful events. Join us!

Join CBRE Restaurant practice leaders and leading restaurant operators for a discussion about the opportunities and chal...
04/28/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Post-Covid Reality: Restaurants Resiliency & Re-Emergence. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Join CBRE Restaurant practice leaders and leading restaurant operators for a discussion about the opportunities and challenges facing restaurateurs as they prepare to reopen and rethink operations to accommodate COVID-19 considerations.

DISCUSSION TOPICS:
Restaurant Economics: Applying PPP Funds to Rent and More
Reopening Hurdles: Supply Chain, Sanitation, Labor, New Expenses
The New Normal: Reconfiguration and Shifts in Service Models
Learning from Experience: What We Are Seeing in China and Europe

Register here: https://cbre.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_O5BbSodBTomxW9M_tzkCxQ

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Post-Covid Reality: Restaurants Resiliency & Re-Emergence. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

A company called StreetSense has created a Relaunch toolkit for restaurants and bars. Visit to download as there is some...
04/27/2020
Pandemic Relaunch Toolkit for Restaurants + Bars - Streetsense

A company called StreetSense has created a Relaunch toolkit for restaurants and bars. Visit to download as there is some good information that can be helpful as things begin to shift towards reopening. https://streetsense.com/blog/pandemic-relaunch-toolkit-for-restaurants-bars/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=mailchimp&utm_campaign=ToolkitLaunch&utm_term=042420.

We’ve brought together our best thinking to help solve the current challenges facing the restaurant and hospitality business leveraging decades of work with global, national, and local industry icons. The toolkit contains capital management tactics, operational guidance to relaunch, and resources ...

Do you know about the Community Kitchens a project created by Maria Alderete owner of Luka's Taproom & Lounge? They are ...
04/23/2020
Community Kitchens Oakland organized by Maria Alderete

Do you know about the Community Kitchens a project created by Maria Alderete owner of Luka's Taproom & Lounge? They are just halfway to their goal of $50,000 and as we all pull together in community, everyone can assist in them reaching their goal. These funds help to feed our vulnerable communities and keep restaurant workers employed.

Thank you Maria for launching this project.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/luka039s-community-kitchen…

Luka's has launched a food donation program in response to the Covid-19 crisis. We’re calli… Maria Alderete needs your support for Community Kitchens Oakland

Are you wearing your face covering?  As of Friday, April 17, 2020, the Alameda County is now requiring members of the pu...
04/23/2020

Are you wearing your face covering? As of Friday, April 17, 2020, the Alameda County is now requiring members of the public and workers to wear face coverings while inside of or waiting in line to enter essential businesses, when seeking healthcare, and when waiting for or riding on public transportation. For the details of the announcement visit http://www.acphd.org/2019-ncov.aspx.

Tech giant Facebook has pledged $15 million in cash grants and ad credits to support small businesses in the Bay Area. F...
04/20/2020
Small Business Grants Guide

Tech giant Facebook has pledged $15 million in cash grants and ad credits to support small businesses in the Bay Area. Funds from the Small Business Grants Program can be used to keep your workforce on payroll, help with rent, cover operational costs, and – in case of the ad credits – connect with customers. Eligibility requirements are:
• Be a for-profit company
• Have between 2 and 50 employees
• Have been in business for more a year
• Have experienced challenges from COVID-19

The application period for the San Francisco Bay Area opens on April 20. In preparation for applying, check out their application guide.https://www.facebook.com/business/boost/grants/application-guide

Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses. Learn more.

It is great to see how the community is coming together to help those in need.  Thank you @chefnel4 and May German owner...
04/10/2020

It is great to see how the community is coming together to help those in need. Thank you @chefnel4 and May German owners of alaMar Kitchen & Bar and the newly opened Sobre Mesa Oakland for offering FREE INDUSTRY MEAL LAUNCHES TODAY‼️ @chefnel4 getting ready to feed 300 displaced restaurant workers every Wednesday-Sunday, 4-6pm for the month of April. Be prepared to show your paystub. Pull up in your vehicle for contactless curbside pickup. Walk-ups are also welcome. All cars: enter the queue from Grand Ave and Webster St.
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#SpreadTheWord #industrymeals

Here at the Downtown Uptown CBDs we are proud to assist with the planning and logistics for safe pick up!

‼️FREE INDUSTRY MEAL LAUNCHES TODAY‼️ @chefnel4 getting ready to feed 300 displaced restaurant workers from 4pm-6pm today. Be prepared to show your paystub. Pull up in your vehicle for contactless curbside pickup or walk ups are also welcome. All cars: enter queue from Grand Ave and Webster St.
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Doing this every Wednesday-Sunday, 4-6pm for the month of April. #SpreadTheWord #industrymeals
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Made possible through amazing partnership with @leeinitiative @chefedwardlee @dcpatterson
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Plus generous donations from @us_foods @wherechefsshop @imperfectfoods @nimanranch @oakwoodroasted @producemarketingassociation

Mayor Libby Schaaf has announced drive-thru testing for direct service providers.  Read the press release for details:  ...
04/08/2020
Mayor Schaaf and Partners Open Drive Through Test Site for Direct…

Mayor Libby Schaaf has announced drive-thru testing for direct service providers. Read the press release for details: https://bit.ly/2x63Ou4. Services providers listed below:
Healthcare providers, including all those who work in a hospital, clinic or community health center
Grocery stores, foodservice and food banks
Homeless service providers, including shelter and outreach workers
Funeral home providers
Childcare facilities
Residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults, and children

Also, be sure to tune in tomorrow for the Mayor's weekly Virtual Town Hall Zoom call 6pm - 8pm. Watch live on
Twitter: @libbyschaaf
Facebook: Mayor Libby Schaaf

The official website of the City of Oakland. Find out about meetings, request City services through OAK 311, or contact the Mayor and City Council.

We are thrilled to share we are supporting the Community Kitchens a project created by Maria Alderete owner of Luka's Ta...
04/08/2020
Community Kitchens Oakland organized by Maria Alderete

We are thrilled to share we are supporting the Community Kitchens a project created by Maria Alderete owner of Luka's Taproom & Lounge. Thank you Maria for launching this project.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/luka039s-community-kitchen?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=m_pd+share-sheet

Luka's has launched a food donation program in response to the Covid-19 crisis. We’re calli… Maria Alderete needs your support for Community Kitchens Oakland

Happy Monday morning.  We want to continue to provide information for everyone during this time.  With that being said, ...
04/06/2020

Happy Monday morning. We want to continue to provide information for everyone during this time. With that being said, here is a webinar starting 10:30am PST today regarding the Small Business Rebuild Bond Program hosted by the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce - OAACC Be sure to register first for access to the webinar.

04/02/2020

For those who are using public transportation in Alameda County, here is a message from AC Transit:

As a result of COVID-19, AC Transit shifted to Sunday Service levels as an emergency measure as of March 31st. The Broadway Shuttle will not be operating as a result. To review more information about service changes, click here.

AC Transit has also implemented rear-door boarding on buses with multiple doors and riders are not required to pay fares until further notice. AC Transit is an essential service and is dedicated to continue to serve riders who rely on public transit for vital access to resources, healthcare, and employment. To read the full update, click here.

#oakproud, #actransit, #oaklandpublictransportation, #oakland, #COVID19.

Join the next Oakland Virtual Town Hall to learn about the city’s COVID-19 response and get your questions answered.Thur...
04/01/2020

Join the next Oakland Virtual Town Hall to learn about the city’s COVID-19 response and get your questions answered.

Thursday, April 2, 2020 6:00pm-8:00pm
Submit your questions online in advance at: bit.ly/virtualoaklandtownhall
Watch the Live Stream at:
Twitter: @libbyschaaf
Facebook: Mayor Libby Schaaf
YouTube: Mayors Office Oakland

Recordings of the previous town hall meetings are available online.

04/01/2020

The last few weeks have been a lot for us all to process and it's okay to feel stuck right now. If you are unsure of how you can still make a positive impact in our community and can lend a hand, here are some small things that go a long way:

🖤 Order to-go meals from an Oakland Indie business
🖤 Buy gift cards or donate funds
🖤 Treat yourself to some online retail therapy

If you are financially impacted by this pandemic—like many of the businesses and neighbors. Our local businesses still thrive on community engagement and they really miss your local love.

Make mentions on social media or leave a friendly review for the businesses. Send snail mail! Keep It Caring. Keep It Oakland.

Video credit: roguemark_studios.

#KeepItCaring #OaklandStrong #StrengthInNumbers #COVID19 #CoronaVirus #ItTakesAVillage #KeepItOakland #OaklandIndies #WeLoveOakland #OaklandSmallBiz #SmallBizLife #EastBay #TownBiz #OaklandCA #KeepItIndie #OaklandEats #EastBayEats #foodiesofoakland

04/01/2020
Support Oakland Small Businesses

The last few weeks have been a lot for us all to process and it's okay to feel stuck right now. If you are unsure of how you can still make a positive impact in our community and can lend a hand, here are some small things that go a long way:

🖤 Order to-go meals from an Oakland Indie business
🖤 Buy gift cards or donate funds
🖤 Treat yourself to some online retail therapy

If you are financially impacted by this pandemic—like many of the businesses and neighbors. Our local businesses still thrive on community engagement and they really miss your local love.

Make mentions on social media or leave a friendly review for the businesses. Send snail mail! Keep It Caring. Keep It Oakland.

Video credit: roguemark_studios.

#KeepItCaring #OaklandStrong #StrengthInNumbers #COVID19 #CoronaVirus #ItTakesAVillage #KeepItOakland #OaklandIndies #WeLoveOakland #OaklandSmallBiz #SmallBizLife #EastBay #TownBiz #OaklandCA #KeepItIndie #OaklandEats #EastBayEats #foodiesofoakland

Square is hosting their series of Townhall event and today at 2pm the focus is on the service-based business. Register n...
03/31/2020
Town Hall: Services

Square is hosting their series of Townhall event and today at 2pm the focus is on the service-based business. Register now.

We want to offer support and help in the ways we can.

Notice from AC Transit: PAVING BEGINS THURSDAY NIGHT ON11th and 12th STREETS IN OAKLANDDrivers Urged to Obey “No Parking...
03/26/2020

Notice from AC Transit:
PAVING BEGINS THURSDAY NIGHT ON
11th and 12th STREETS IN OAKLAND
Drivers Urged to Obey “No Parking” Signs

AC Transit’s East Bay Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project will repave 11th and 12th Streets between Broadway and Lake Merritt Boulevard beginning Thursday, March 26 through Wednesday, April 1. Work will occur overnight, between the hours of 5:00 PM and 6:00 AM.

NO PARKING signs are in place along 11th and 12th Streets so this work can proceed. The community is urged to obey the NO PARKING signs to avoid being ticketed or having their vehicles towed. Cars parked in NO PARKING areas may need to be moved to other streets while the nighttime paving is underway.

VEHICLES PARKED IN "NO PARKING" AREAS WILL BE TICKETED OR TOWED AT OWNER’S EXPENSE.

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Oakland, CA
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Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
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