Councilmember Loren Taylor said,“Due to historical disinvestment and discrimination, Black businesses will be particularly hard hit by the governor and the City of Oakland’s declaration of emergency.”
As a former health innovation consultant and past board member of the West Oakland Health Center, Taylor is also keenly aware of the devastating financial impacts that the coronavirus (COVID-19) can have on East Oakland’s small and minority-owned businesses.
He is reaching out to a variety of non-profits and Black businesses including caterers, consultants, day care providers and non-profit business owners.
He is working with MBA students from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business to help businesses find available grants, loans, and business support programs.
As a graduate of the Haas MBA program and former entrepreneur himself, Taylor says, “I am grateful that these MBA students are volunteering their skills and time to provide valuable support to our business owners –and Black business owners — should complete the City of Oakland COVID-19 business impact survey and check the City’s website at www.oaklandca.gov/resources/coronavirus-2019-covid-19-business-and-worker-resources.
Taylor will submit legislation to provide support for small local businesses in Oakland. He wants Oakland business owners to complete the District 6 East Oakland Business and Non-Profit Registry, to receive regular updates on business opportunities and resources. The link can be found on Taylor’s website at www.oaklandca.gov/officials/loren-taylor.