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As our county – and state – recovers from the pandemic, we want to ensure it is an inclusive recovery that benefits all California businesses. That’s why we’re pleased to share about initiatives that are designed to do just that, such as the Source Diverse Source Local public-private collaboration (just below). This month’s edition also includes a lineup of grant funding information, training resources and upcoming events.
Patience Ofodu, Interim Executive Director, WDBCCC
IN THIS ISSUE
Initiative to Help Small Business Prepare for Contracts With Big Business
Prepare for Your Next Job With One-on-One Help From a Career Coach
Relief for Renters and Landlords
Learn How to Promote Your Business on Facebook
Restaurant Revitalization Fund Sample Application, Program Guide
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Taking Application after Reopening
Paycheck Protection Program Extended Through May 31, 2021
Q&A With Board Member Stephanie Rivera
Nominations Now Open for East Bay Innovation Award
INITIATIVE TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES PREPARE FOR CONTRACTS WITH BIG BUSINESS
Are you a small business, entrepreneur or startup that needs to learn the basics of selling to big business? Source Diverse Source Local is dedicated to helping you. The initiative is designed to develop new and existing small businesses through procurement-readiness programs to obtain manufacturing, government, and/or corporate contracts.
Source Diverse Source Local is a public-private collaboration to strengthen inclusive procurement programs and build a resilient California-based supply chain. Learn more about this initiative, which includes United, Lockheed Martin, Prologis, Google and UPS as its corporate supply chain partners.
PREPARE FOR YOUR NEXT JOB WITH ONE-ON-ONE HELP FROM A CAREER COACH
If you are looking for a job and need help figuring out your next move or what opportunities are out there for you, WDBCCC’s individualized services can help. Through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program, you can work one-on-one with a career coach and may benefit from:
· Skills assessments
· Needs-based funding for job training
· On-the-job training opportunities
· Job search assistance
· Networking opportunities
· Skills upgrade
· Skills certification (fees may apply)
Our America’s Job Center of California/EASTBAY Works locations offer workshops on basic computer skills, social networking, job search, résumé development, and interviewing.
RELIEF FOR RENTERS AND LANDLORDS
If you need help paying for rent or utilities due to COVID-19’s impact on your finances, you may be eligible for assistance. Contra Costa County tenants and landlords impacted by COVID-19 can apply for the COVID-19 Rent Relief program. More than $75 million in federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program funds from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 is available to Contra Costa County residents in need of rental relief.
Check eligibility and apply online for COVID-19 Rent Relief or Ayuda con la Renta (Spanish). You can reach the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Call Center at 1 (833) 430-2122 for assistance in applying. Find state resources by visiting HousingisKey.com. For additional County resources, call 211 or 800-833-2900, text HOPE to 20121, or visit www.contracosta.ca.gov.
Join Our Next Virtual Fireside
The Richmond Public Library Foundation Presents
The Sandi Genser-Maack Speakers Series
Beyond the Badge: Women of Color, Justice, Policing and the Future
Topic: RPLF Speakers Series: Chief French
Time: May 20, 2021 06:00 PM
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Owning and operating a Comic Book Store began as a dream for Darren Macon many years ago as he grew up in Richmond. Finding it difficult to locate an affordable brick-and-mortar space, he initially opened his store on-line in 2013. After a few years of ups and downs, he was able to open in a store space at Hilltop Mall in Richmond. So, in 2018, D3 Comic Book Spot opened its doors at the Mall. It was a struggle because Hilltop Mall was going through what was supposed to be a complete renovation and re-design. Unfortunately, foot-traffic began to decrease significantly, but the comic bookstore held on, hoping for better times. Then the onset of COVID happened in March, 2020! The mall shut down completely! Just like everyone else, it was hoped that it would be a short-lived experience. Unfortunately, in July 2020, the store received the devastating news that the Mall would not re-open at all! Trying to re-locate to another brick-and-mortar store in the midst of a pandemic was an impossibility! So, Darren has recently revived his dream of selling comic books and is back in an on-line environment, with the dream of getting back into a brick-and-mortar store first and foremost on his mind!
D3 Comic Book Spot has a great inventory of all of the current comic book brands and titles, various collectibles, action figures, graphic novels and more. It is the fervent hope that especially during this pandemic, people will be encouraged to go to the web site, D3COMICBOOKSPOT.COM, to find all of their comic book needs. The goal is to move back into a brick-and-mortar location as soon as Covid restrictions and limitations will allow, and things get back to normal!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
David. P. Leighton (Chair), Jill Rodby (Chair-Elect). Hakim Johnson (Vice-Chair) John Ziesenhenne (Chair of Operations), Chuck Carpenter, Brandon Evans, Joe Fisher, Tiffany Harris Former (Former Chair),
Fadhila Holman (Former Chair), Ryan Lau, Rob Lightner, Joshua Mallory (Former Chair),
Sharla Sullivan (Former Chair), Vernon Whitmore, (Former Chair)
James Lee (President/CEO)
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