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Small Business Grant

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

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

Grant applications will be accepted until October 31, with funding to be provided by check by December 30. Visit

‘Hello Merlot!’

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

“As you sip these different Merlots, have fun learning how each winemaker adds their own twist to this fantastic varietal,” organizers said. “We are proud of our Merlots and look forward to sharing them with you.”

The event runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday (October 15). For tickets, visit

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