From the Desk of the Executive Director

From the Desk of the Executive Director

A moment of gratitude — help is on the way

On Tuesday, April 21, the Alameda City Council made an important decision to dedicate $600,000 for the new Alameda Strong grant program — just one of several initiatives designed to help local businesses. For this, we wanted to take a moment to say a heartfelt “thank you.”  

Thank you to our Economic Development Department, led by Lois Butler, who has been working tirelessly over the past month in support of our business community. We are grateful for the work city staff has done to quickly pull together resources and policy changes that we hope will keep the doors open. 

We are especially appreciative of Amanda Gehrke, the staff member assigned to support our district. She is always there to listen pragmatically to the needs of our members and ideas we have.

Thank you to Sarah Henry, who has done a phenomenal job of keeping both our businesses and residents informed of the latest updates from both the city and state.  

Finally, thank you to the Council and City Manager Eric Levitt, for their leadership in moving the grant program forward, advocating for building on this initial fund and helping our mom-and-pop businesses. We appreciate the time taken to host or take part in business town hall meetings and the actions taken as a result.  

Amidst all the frustration and fear of this current situation we felt it was important to say thank you to those who are working so hard to help. You have our support I any way needed.
Signed, the West Alameda Business Association team:
— Linda Asbury, Executive Director, Sandy Russell, Board President & Rachel Campos de Ivanov, Marketing Manager

Non-government resources
A number of private companies are joining the call to support small businesses. Apply early as some have a small application window. Thank you to SCORE East Bay for providing this list.