In This Edition:

  • Summer of Opportunity Initiative
  • Verizon Small Business Digital Ready
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Summer of Opportunity Initiative

The City of Long Beach is thrilled to offer a summer filled with a variety of family-friendly programs, activities and events for residents of all ages. With so many options to choose from – like youth recreation programs, summer reading challenge, concerts in the park, sports camps and art classes – there is something for everyone to enjoy. The City invites the community to engage in hundreds of free and low-cost activities to fill the long summer days and make this summer a memorable one for you and your family!


For a complete list of summer offerings, residents are encouraged to check out the Summer Activities Calendar below. You can subscribe to the calendar to be informed about the latest activities and you can filter by age, including Teens and Tweens!

Summer Activities Calendar

Verizon Small Business Digital Ready Applications Open

National ACE has teamed up with Verizon to deliver personalized tools for small businesses like yours to succeed in today's digital world. Learning modules, expert coaching, peer networking, and more—it's all here, and it’s all part of our goal to provide resources to help one million small businesses thrive in the digital economy. Register now for our free online curriculum and move your business forward.

 

To unlock this grant application, you must have an account on Verizon Small Business Digital Ready and complete any combination of two courses, coaching events, and virtual community events between January 1st, 2024, and June 28th, 2024, and submit a grant application by June 28th, 2024. For example, you can unlock the application by completing one course and one coaching event, or one course and one virtual community event, or two courses, or two events.

Verizon Small Business Digital Ready

In Case You Missed It

Hire Youth This Summer!

Pacific Gateway is offering small businesses an opportunity to take on additional staff at no cost to the business. If you’re looking for extra employees to ease your workload, take advantage of this opportunity by completing this interest form. You will get valuable assistance for your business’ labor needs while also granting valuable working experience to local youth and adults.


For any assistance or questions, reach out to the BizCare Team at 562-570-4249 or via email at 4Biz@longbeach.gov. Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to benefit your business and local workers!

Interest Form

Winter Storm Disaster Loans

The City of Long Beach Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications is encouraging local homeowners and renters, businesses of all sizes, and private nonprofit organizations affected by the severe winter storms that occurred between Jan. 31-Feb. 9, 2024, to take advantage of low-interest federal disaster loans being offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The deadline to apply for property damage is July 16, 2024. The deadline to apply for economic injury is Feb. 18, 2025.

 

Through the SBA, disaster loans up to $500,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate and homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $100,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property, including personal vehicles, incurred during the winter storms. Businesses of all sizes and nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize disaster damage from occurring in the future.

Learn more about the Disaster Assistance

IBank's Small Business Finance Center Small Business Loan Match

California Small Business Loan Match is a new lender-match tool provided by IBank’s Small Business Finance Center as an extension of our Loan Guarantee Program. The Loan Match was created to ease the process of finding trusted loans for California entrepreneurs, gathering dozens of lenders on one platform for a one-stop experience. All lenders have been pre-vetted and enrolled in IBank’s Loan Guarantee Program, which specializes in bridging the gap between responsible lenders and small businesses.

Access the Small Business Loan Match Tool

Upcoming Events and Workshops

UCC: Hiring Employees (Resources through Pacific Gateway)

  • June 22, 2024, 12 pm


PACE: Unlock Success Series: Master Business Financing and Lending Strategies

  • June 25, 2024, 1 pm


PACE: Hustle & Handshakes: Networking for Success & Supporting Local Business in Hollywood

  • June 25, 2024, 3 pm


PACE: Content Marketing for Small Businesses: Creating a Visual Identity – Design Principles for Promoting Your Business

  • June 26, 2024, 1 pm

CIELO: Tax Laws for Entrepreneurs

  • June 26, 2024, 4 pm


PACE: Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) Info Session and Clinic

  • June 26, 2024, 5 pm


SBDC: Digital Marketing Strategies For Measurable Results

  • June 27, 2024, 1:30 pm


SCORE: B2B Sales 101 - How to Develop an Effective B2B Sales Strategy

  • June 25, 2024, 1:00pm


SCORE: Attracting and Securing the Right Funding for Your Business

  • June 27, 2024, 1:00pm

Port of Long Beach New Office Hours for Small Businesses

The Port of Long Beach kicks off new “drop-in” office hours for small and diverse business enterprises seeking assistance with potential contracting opportunities at the Port.

 

The Port of Long Beach is proud to announce office hours on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for small and diverse businesses looking to explore contracting opportunities at the Port, or requesting assistance with small business enterprise or disadvantaged business enterprise opportunities. Office hours will occur at the Port of Long Beach Administration Building on the first floor, located at 415 West Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA.

Resources

BizCare Program

Visit the BizCare Pop-Ups for in-person business assistance on Thursdays at different locations throughout the city. Find the Popup's latest schedule at longbeach.gov/bizcarePop-Up services are delivered in English, Spanish, and Khmer. BizCare is available by phone, email, or in-person appointment. Call the BizCare Hotline at 562-570-4249, email 4Biz@longbeach.gov, or request assistance.

Business Insights Tool

The City of Long Beach continues to expand its innovative business resources with the launch of its Business Insights Tool, a new, free online resource for local businesses that makes big data accessible for small businesses, allowing them to benchmark performance, optimize marketing, and analyze competitors, suppliers, and underserved markets. The Business Insights tool is now available for entrepreneurs and businesses at longbeach.gov/businessinsights.

Visual Improvement Program (VIP) Grant

The Visual Improvement Program (VIP) Grant is providing direct financial relief to local small businesses and nonprofits impacted by crime and vandalism on or after 10/1/2022. Eligible businesses can receive $1,500 to cover repairs to their storefront caused by vandalism. To find more information and access the online application visit longbeach.gov/smallbizgrants.

Inclusive Business Navigators Program

The City of Long Beach launched the Inclusive Business Navigators Program to provide outreach, workshops, education, and direct technical assistance for local small businesses and nonprofits to support their economic recovery from financial hardships and disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


The City previously sought partners to administer the Inclusive Business Navigators Program to support equitable economic recovery for Long Beach small businesses and nonprofits. The City selected vendors including CentroCHA, UCC, April Parker, and RightSource Services to provide outreach and assistance to local businesses. More information on these vendors and assistance available can be found at longbeach.gov/biznavigators. Businesses can also access assistance through this program through the BizCare Hotline: 562.570.4249 or 4Biz@longbeach.gov.

Commercial Corridor Façade Improvement Program

The Commercial Corridor Façade Improvement Program (CCFIP) will provide financial assistance in the form of a grant to commercial property owners to significantly improve the appearance of the entire façade of their property that is visible from the street.


Visit the program webpage for more information and eligibility requirements.

Free Digital Marketing with CSULB

Whether you are looking to create digital marketing assets for the first time or you need to level up your current efforts, CSULB is here to help your small business grow! This program will work with CSULB students enrolled in Marketing 437: Digital Marketing and Media to create customized digital marketing materials to boost your business for free. Students will assist in creating marketing material such as website creation, email marketing, and social media marketing.

Apply Here

Long Beach Public Library Digital Library

Take your business to the next level with free online courses, entrepreneurship training, and marketing tools from the Digital Library. Offering notable and distinguished resources such as Coursera, Udemy, and LinkedIn Learning, the Digital Library contains an invaluable wealth of knowledge to help business owners (and their employees) upskill and lead a successful business. The Digital Library is free for all LBPL cardholders. Sign up for a library card to access these Digital Library Resource. 

Certified Blue Restaurant Program

The Certified Blue Restaurant (CBR) program supports and recognizes the outstanding Long Beach restaurants that achieve exceptional water efficiency in our community. Interested restaurants can enroll below to receive a no-cost, on-site efficiency survey, free water-efficient devices (if eligible), and an assessment for other possible rebates. Enroll your restaurant for the Certified Blue Restaurant Program.

Are you a small business looking for new opportunities?

Every year, the Port of Long Beach needs small businesses to partner with, to build, maintain, and service the 2nd largest Port in the United States. Small businesses earn millions of dollars as primes and/or sub-contractors on Port contracts.

 

Small business opportunities are available for a variety of contract types, such as construction, supplies, landscaping, recycling services, technology hardware, software, and even food services. Visit the Port’s Business Opportunities Overview webpage to download a sampling of products/services procured by each Port division.

 

Port of Long Beach Small Business Enterprise / Very Small Business Enterprise (VSBE) Program

 

The main goal of the SBE/VSBE Program is to promote the participation of SBEs and VSBEs on Port contracts and procurements, via prime and subcontracting opportunities. The Port has a 27% annual department-wide goal which is achieved by setting minimum SBE and VSBE participation goals for applicable construction and professional services contracts, and bureau-wide and/or division-wide SBE/VSBE goals on applicable purchases. Learn more about the Port’s SBE/VSBE Program at polb.com/sbe.

Long Beach Procurement Platform "Long Beach Buys"

The City of Long Beach has launched Long Beach Buys, a new purchasing platform and marketplace that is free for all businesses and organizations seeking to do business with the City. Long Beach Buys is part of the City’s Extreme Procurement Makeover initiative, which aims to enhance the City’s procurement process to be more efficient, results-driven, equitable, and sustainable.

Long Beach Resource Line

Contact the City of Long Beach BizCare Hotline for Immediate Assistance:


Phone number: 562-570-4BIZ (4249)

Days: Monday - Friday

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.


City staff will respond to voicemails made after business hours within 24 hours.

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