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News & Events

Coronavirus Business Update

The following section highlights resources and information that is available to the business community during this time of impacts from the coronavirus. 



The SBA is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus. Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is based on the financial impact of the Coronavirus. The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses. The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75 percent. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.

Applicants may apply online. The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 16, 2020.

Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

For more information about available SBA resources and services, please visit:


Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the Coronavirus impact on the economy may apply for the UI Work Sharing Program through the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD). This program allows employers to seek an alternative to layoffs – retaining their trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with UI benefits. Workers of employers who are approved to participate in the Work Sharing Program receive the percentage of their weekly Unemployment Insurance benefit amount based on the percentage of hours and wages reduced, not to exceed 60 percent.

Visit the Work Sharing Program to learn more about its benefits for employers and employees, and how to apply.


Employers planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of the coronavirus can get help through the Rapid Response program. Rapid Response teams will meet with you to discuss your needs, help avert potential layoffs, and provide immediate on-site services to assist workers facing job losses. For more information, refer to the Rapid Response Services for Businesses Fact Sheet (DE 87144RRB) or contact your local America’s Job Center of California.


Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return.

For questions, employers may call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center

– Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: 1-888-745-3886
– Hearing impaired (TTY): 1-800-547-9565
– Outside the U.S. or Canada: 1-916-464-3502


Visit the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD) Self-Employed/Independent Contractor website to learn more.



Individuals who have had their hours reduced or have lost their job through no fault of their own may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Learn more by visiting the State of California Employment Development Department EDD website.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions concerning unemployment can be found here.


If you are unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. Disability Insurance provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.

The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect DI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD) processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.


Californians who are unable to work because they are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. Benefit amounts may vary depending on income.


If your child’s school is closed, and you have to miss work to be there for them, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Eligibility considerations include if you have no other care options and if you are unable to continue working your normal hours remotely. File an Unemployment Insurance claim and a State of California Employment Development Department (EDD) representatives will decide if you are eligible.



The California’s Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has released information on their website for employees and employers impacted by COVID-19. Visit their website for more information.


The SBA has released a comprehensive guide to help businesses plan and respond to the current COVID-19 threat. Visit the SBA website for more information.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have created an interim guide based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). For access to the full guide and more information please visit the CDC website.


Labor and Workforce Development Agency – Resources for employers and workers including workers’ compensation and paid sick leave.
Labor Commissioner’s Office FAQs – Employee leave options, compensation, and salary.
Department of Fair Employment and Housing – Job protection and employment discrimination.


The City of Oakley is more than just business-friendly.  With City staff and a City Council supportive of new growth and quality development, Oakley is also development-friendly.  Residential development is leading the way in Oakley, with over 438 new homes estimated to be built in 2019/20.  Click here to see a map of the new residential projects in Oakley.

It is not just new homes that are being built – developers, retailers and businesses are also choosing to invest in Oakley.  The following list contains commercial development projects that are recently opened, underway or planned in Oakley:

Featured New Oakley Business



Dr. Ansony Kim – Bio

 At Hello Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we strive to create healthy and beautiful smiles. Our practice is dedicated to treating infants, children, teens and individuals with special healthcare needs in the most caring and comfortable way. Our brand new state-of-the-art dental facility offers a modern, fun, clean, and kid-friendly environment designed just for them.

Dr. Ansony Kim is originally a Southern California native but fell in love with Northern California after graduating with a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) and later earning his Doctorate in Dental Surgery from UC San Francisco (UCSF). After graduation, he matched at one of the top pediatric dental residency programs at Harvard’s School of Dental Medicine and trained at Boston Children’s Hospital. Through this rigorous training, he became highly experienced in caring for all pediatric patients no matter how anxious or shy they may be. Dr. Kim grew up as a young kid that enjoyed going to the dentist and hopes to cultivate that same fondness of memories for all his patients.

When Dr. Kim is not at the office, he enjoys going on adventures with his wife Jenny, young toddler Maxwell, and their spunky golden doodle Gracie.

New Business Openings

Welcome to the following new businesses that have invested in Oakley:

January, 2020

  • Fast Community Development – 5265 Live Oak Avenue
  • Hello Smiles Pediatric Dentistry – 2591 Main Street
  • House of Beauty Salon & Spa – 4700 Main Street, Suite B
  • The Potting Shed @ Rancho Co-Op – 5685 Main Street
  • A1F1 Structural Engineering Corp. – Home based
  • Cakes by Tena – Home based
  • Doula Labor Your Way – Home based
  • Fine Elite Real Estate – Home based
  • Good Nix – Home based
  • Gotcha Glass.Net – Home based
  • JP Welds – Home based
  • Lively Stones Agency for Change – Home based
  • Patch Master Drywall – Home based
  • Remolino Cleaning Services – Home based
  • Trident Marine Electronics – Home based
  • Zetnom – Home based

December, 2019

  • CNN Realty International – 2039 Main Street
  • Fast Eddie’s Mobile Car Wash & Detail Service – 5265 Live Oak Avenue
  • Pearl and Ivy Antiques @ Ranch Co-Op – 5685 Main Street
  • Sunbelt Home Quality Care – Home based
  • Yes Aviation Services – Home based

November, 2019

  • Acampora Pix Photography – Home based
  • Danny Del Productions- Home based
  • D-Tails – Home based
  • Kayla’s Custom Designs – Home based
  • Pantle Voice Studio – Home based
  • RG Landscape and Maintenance – Home based