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Small business grant

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors have opened the application window for $11 million worth of small business recovery grants in Alameda County, with $1 million earmarked specifically for the unincorporated areas.

The program is open to any business with between one and 25 employees that has not already received COVID-19-related relief funding through the American Rescue Plan Act. “Eligible businesses must be licensed for-profit entities in Alameda County that have experienced decreased revenue and/or increased costs due to the economic impacts of COVID-19,” county officials said.

Grant applications will be accepted through Oct. 31, with funding to be provided by check no later than Dec. 30. Visit

‘Hello, Merlot!’

The Bankhead Theater this weekend is hosting “Hello, Merlot!”, a new one-of-a-kind tasting experience offering 10 Merlots produced by Livermore Valley winemakers.

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