This is the 5th business and COVID-19 update from San Jose Downtown Association since the reopening on June 15. They are usually sent on Thursdays.
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To our members: 

Lots of good info for businesses and about upcoming events below.  

For example:  

  • San Pedro Square hosts another Vaccine Night Clinic tonight, Thursday, July 15.  We also have instructions for larger businesses wanting to host a clinic and ensure the safety of their employees in the workplace
  • You can start making appointments at City Hall on Monday, and the civic building opens Aug. 2.
  • The City has Abierto funding for arts organizations to create programs this summer. Be sure to check that out.
  • The Office of Economic Development has some cool stats about how much the Feds and State helped in keeping us all afloat during the pandemic.
  • Eventwise, Dine Downtown ends Sunday and Starlight Cinemas is about to begin.  Make plans to come downtown..
In Today's Message
Vaccination Night Clinic returns to San Pedro Square tonight

We know you’re busy during the day. That’s why the Night Clinic at San Pedro Square will be open on Thursday, July 15, from 4 pm - 10 pm for you to drop in and get vaccinated. Visit for more details.

Employers can host a pop-up vaccination clinic on-site
To protect your workers from the spread of COVID-19, Santa Clara County will bring a mobile vaccination clinic to your worksite for your employees – for free. 

Designed for larger workplaces, the mobile clinic can provide a fast, responsive and time-saving way to make sure your employees can get the vaccinations they need.

To arrange a pop-up clinic, email  More information can be found here.

Fill out the Intent to Participate form

PPP Statistics for San Jose

After analyzing the data for the federal government’s PPP program for the year ending May 2021, the City’s Office of Economic Development concluded the PPP loans were pivotal to sustaining many businesses in San Jose during the pandemic and preventing their permanent closure.

Some key numbers, according to OED:

  • 3,238 PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) loans were issued to San Jose-based businesses with an aggregate value just over $1.75 billion, including both the first and second round of PPP funding.
  • Larger businesses accounted for close to 63% of all funds - $1.1 billion. 
  • Loans under $150,000 dominated the volume of approvals with 10,310 loans, equivalent to 77% of volume but only 9% of loan value. These loans averaged only $11,000 but may have been key to preventing the permanent closure of many small businesses.
  • The top sector by dollar value in both rounds was restaurants, with 850 loans exceeding $150 million.
  • 2,073 businesses, many of whom were larger businesses located in the downtown zip codes 95110, 95112 and 95113, secured close to $550 million in loans. 

The PPP loans are fully forgivable if the business owner uses at least 60% to keep workers on the payroll.

More details are here.

California Relief Grant Statistics for San Jose

California Business Relief Grant results
OED also checked out California and local results of the state’s Small Business Relief program.

With multiple rounds of funding, California’s COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant program for the whole state totaled close to $1 billion, representing the largest such program in the entire U.S. Eligible small businesses had to demonstrate annual gross receipts below $2 million to qualify. 

Grants were targeted to business sectors most impacted by the public health closures, and in zip codes most severely impacted by COVID-19. Some local results:

  • Total 2,802 grantees in San Jose
  • 509 businesses in downtown zip codes secured more than $6 million.
  • Total $31 million awarded to San Jose businesses
  • The top three sectors restaurants, salons – hair and beauty along with care based businesses - accounted for close to $14 million, equivalent to 45% of all grants awarded.
  • The total value of grants to businesses in San Jose exceeded San Francisco’s total, and represents 55% of all the awards in Santa Clara County.  Zip code analysis below:

Details, including the number and value of grants by San Jose zip code, are here.

City Hall Opens for Business Aug. 2

City Hall will reopen to the public Aug. 2. All floors and departments will be open with limited staffing, and many first floor services will require an appointment. CDC guidelines will be followed, which allow vaccinated visitors to go unmasked while unvaccinated visitors will be required to wear a mask.

In-person appointment scheduling begins Monday, July 19, when you may schedule an in-person appointment for an available date of Aug. 2 or later for the services below. Appointments are required; there is no walk-in service.

For virtual or in-person appointments:


Dine Downtown - Restaurants step up to make creative offers
SJDA's 13th annual Dine Downtown San Jose continues through Sunday, featuring 26 restaurants offering chef’s specials, price-fixed three- and four-course dinners and food-and-drink pairings.  

Like last year, the promotion has received substantial media attention from TV stations including ABC-7, Telemundo, Hoodline, and the Mercury News.  

Take a look at the restaurants and their specials and make your reservations.

Starlight Cinemas - Free summer outdoor movies
The San Jose Downtown Association is back with Starlight Cinemas, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union. Get ready for free summer outdoor movies on four consecutive Wednesdays starting July 21 at dusk at St. James Park. 

Starlight Cinemas kicks off with "Up" on July 21 and "The Perfect Game" on July 28. Catch the new Disney movie, "Raya and the Last Dragon" on Aug. 4. We'll close off the series Aug. 11 with a classic, the 1984 version of "The Karate Kid."

Grab food to-go from a downtown restaurant and arrive an hour before dusk for pre-movie fun and games.  The pre-movie fun for the July 21 feature includes: 

  • Balloon artist on site.
  • Ball blower take-and-make kit for each child to take home, courtesy Children's Discovery Museum
  • Kettle Corn, flavored popcorn and lemonade for sale
  • Performance by San Jose Dance Theater

Park in the Third Street or Market & San Pedro garages. Parking is free for the first 90 minutes.

Make the Downtown Farmers’ Market part of your Friday routine
San Jose Downtown Farmers’ Market will be open again this Friday at 10 a.m. on South First Street between San Salvador and William streets in SoFA District.  The weather will be great this week, a good reason to make Market visits part of your Friday routine.

Also, the best pickings of fresh fruits and vegetables by California growers is July and August.

The Market will return every Friday through Dec. 17, with the exception of the day after Thanksgiving.  

Here’s what’s happening this week at the Market.

PBID Renewal Survey

Help plan the future of the Downtown PBID -- Please take this survey
Since 2007, the San Jose Downtown Association has managed the Downtown Property-Based Improvement District (PBID). The PBID collects an assessment on Downtown properties within a specific boundary to fund enhanced services, including the uniformed Groundwerx clean team and safety ambassadors, tree maintenance and flower planting, public art, business development assistance, and more. Through the PBID, property and business owners have had a role in helping to achieve the goal of a Downtown San Jose that is clean, safe, beautiful, and vibrant. 

The PBID is reauthorized every ten years. The current term expires in 2022, and as part of the reauthorization process, SJDA seeks feedback on how it can continue to provide services that are of value to Downtown stakeholders. Please take about 5 to 10 minutes to complete a survey in English // Spanish // Vietnamese.  Your input will be considered as plans are made to continue PBID services in Downtown San Jose.

To learn more about the San Jose Downtown Association and the PBID, visit

SJDA Virtual Job Board

SJDA Virtual Job Board
SJDA will help get the message out about your job openings.  Complete this form with your business information and open positions and SJDA will post the opportunities weekly on, publicizing the message to our 25,000 social media followers on Facebook and Twitter.

Work at SJDA! We are looking for a Business Resiliency Coordinator. More information here.


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