The state announced a blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. 
 
The color-coded tiers, ranging from purple (widespread) to yellow (minimal), place Long Beach and all of Los Angeles into the purple category.
 
The new tiers also dictate the reopening phase. Details regarding what’s allowed to be open and what’s closed under the Blueprint for a Safer Economy are available at https://covid19.ca.gov/.


The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services allows for the expansion of personal care services, family entertainment centers, and private outdoor playgrounds. The changes, which are detailed in an updated health order, are effective at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26, and are in alignment with the State and County of Los Angeles purple tier health guidelines.

This revised health order can be found here. Changes from the previous order are highlighted in yellow. 
City of Long Beach CARES ACT Relief Fund Programs

To provide direct relief and resources to businesses and non-profits the City of Long Beach is utilizing CARES Act funding for the following programs. If you have any questions about the following programs, please call (562) 570-4BIZ (4249) or visit the Economic Development Department website.

COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS TRANSITION & TECHNOLOGY GRANTS
The City offers grants to small businesses for working capital (up to $5,000 each) and touchless technology costs such as contactless payment systems (up to $2,000 each). Learn More

NON-PROFIT RELIEF PROGRAM
Non-profits whose operations have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may apply for grants that provide working capital and resources to retain staff and provide community services. Learn More

OPEN STREETS INITIATIVE
To assist businesses during COVID-19, the City’s Open Streets Initiative repurposes public space for dining, customer queuing, and vehicle loading. If you are interested, please review the available options and eligibility outlined in the Open Streets Temporary Parklets Toolkit before completing the Interest Form.

ARTS ORGANIZATIONS
Arts organizations and artists are eligible for grants through the City’s CARES Act funding. The largest arts institutions in the City receive direct funding, while smaller organizations and artists may apply for grants through the Arts Council for Long Beach.

SMALL BUSINESS AND NON-PROFIT PPE DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM
Many small businesses including non-profits have closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City offers free personal protective equipment (PPE) for businesses and organizations to meet health requirements for reopening. Learn More
LA County is helping to train businesses on the implementation of COVID-19 safety protocols through a no-cost online training course called the COVID-19 Safety Compliance Certification Program (CSCCP). Once completed, business owners receive a certificate, and window seal to display on their storefront, which can reassure employees and customers alike that the business is following COVID-19 infection control & physical distancing requirements.
If you have not yet completed the CSCCP course or want to learn more about it, click here.
Great Plates Program
Great Plates Delivered has been extended through December 8th. This meal assistance program offers eligible seniors with three (3) home-delivered meals a day. Restaurants interested in applying for this program can apply here.
The Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing the most up to date resources and assistance on how to locate local, state, and federal guidance, information, support and financing options. Please continue to check-in with our dedicated COVID-19 resource website page at www.lbchamber.com/covid-19/ for daily updates. 

For more information on this topic or other questions, please contact Government Affairs Manager Christine Bos at cbos@lbchamber.com or 562-435-9594.
Outcomes from Local City Council and School Board Race, as well as Outcomes for Statewide Ballot Measures from the November 3, 2020 General Election
The Chamber has a 3-0 record with all three endorsed candidates winning their races including Cindy Allen for election to the City Council’s 2nd District seat, Al Austin for re-election to the 8th District seat, and Erik Miller to the 2nd District seat for the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education in the 2020 General Municipal Election. In addition, twelve statewide ballot measures were certified to appear in the election with a variety of issues including rent control, employee classification, property tax law, dialysis clinic staffing, cash bail, and stem cell research. We can proudly say that we are 5-1 in six positions taken on the statewide ballot measures.
 
For more information on this topic or other questions, please contact Government Affairs Manager Christine Bos at cbos@lbchamber.com or 562-435-9594.
David Koch
Senior Wealth Advisor
Halbert Hargrove
Long Beach Young Professionals Social
Wednesday, 11/18 @ 4:00pm

Join the Long Beach Young Professionals at our bi-monthly Networking Social! This month's event will take place as a virtual scavenger hunt via Zoom and will be moderated by the LBYP President David Koch. All attendees will be placed into groups as they compete for a victory against other teams on the call. You will network with other local young professionals as you work together to find as many items as possible off the list provided the day of the event. This will be a fun and interactive way to make business connections in the Long Beach area. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Members: Free!
Future Members: $10

Good Afternoon Long Beach
Tuesday, 12/8 @ 12:00pm

BRING YOUR LUNCH AND JOIN US VIRTUALLY FOR GOOD AFTERNOON LONG BEACH!
Get to know your fellow professionals!

Each attendee will have 30 seconds to present an introduction of their business, so have your best elevator pitch ready!

Stick around for the whole webinar for your chance to win a $50 gift card from Parkers' Lighthouse or a catered dinner for 4 from Primal Alchemy!

Members: Free!
Future Members: $10

COVID-19 Information for
Small Businesses from the SBDC


Wednesday, November 18th @ 2:00pm

Your Advocate: Fall 2020
Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce serves as the CATALYST for business growth; a CONVENER of leaders and influencers; and a CHAMPION for a stronger community. Check out our Fall 2020 edition of our magazine featuring our statewide ballot measure positions and Chamber endorsed candidates.

Also Featuring:
Erik Miller for Long Beach Unified School District
Al Austin for 8th District City Council
Cindy Allen for 2nd District City Council
Circle Marina Speedwash

Please note: The Chamber's "Your Advocate" magazine is temporarily distributed digitally.


NEW SURVEY OF LONG BEACH BUSINESSES TO ASSESS IMPACTS OF COVID-19
*Recent effort builds upon an earlier survey conducted in April to reveal longer-term impacts and assist in developing recovery resources.
 
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the wellbeing of Long Beach businesses, local advocacy organizations including the Council of Business Associations (COBA), Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA) and Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) are again teaming up with the City’s Economic Development Department to conduct a survey that will assess the extent of these impacts. Survey responses will aid these organizations and the City of Long Beach in developing targeted recovery resources for the business community. Read full press release here.


During this unprecedented year, spread some holiday cheer with Shop Small Saturday. On Saturday November 28th, all Long Beach small businesses are encouraged to take part in this community wide event dedicated to shopping locally.
To register your business to participate for free, visit the Chamber’s Shop Small Long Beach webpage or contact the staff liaison, Natalie Leighton at nleighton@lbchamber.com. Upon registration, your business will be promoted on the chamber’s website so customers can quickly find participating locations. Shop locally this holiday season with Shop Small Saturday! For more information and free promotional materials, visit the event’s webpage.
California Families in Focus
California Families in Focus mission is to develop and provide positive and innovative events and social service programs for youth and their families to achieve empowerment and purpose. Learn More
Cedar to Surf Campground
Formerly Westgate RV Park & Cabins. Cedar to Surf Campground is a 3.3 acre campground with 31 RV spaces and 5 cabins nestled up against the dunes between Leadbetter and Cape Disappointment state parks. Learn More
Long Beach Balloons & More LLC 
Long Beach Balloons & More is a local small business that is a balloon, party supplies, candy, piñatas and party rentals shop. Learn More
Starbuck's Coffee
Starbucks Coffee Company's mission is to inspire and nurture the human spirit — one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time. Learn More
Bryson is excited to announce that Trent Bryson has been named in the 2020 edition of the Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Advisers. The list recognizes the top financial advisers who specialize in serving defined contribution (DC) retirement plans across the U.S.

This is the sixth annual FT 401 list, produced independently by Ignites Research, a division of Money-Media, Inc., on behalf of the Financial Times. Ignites Research provides business intelligence on investment management.
Windes, a leading California accounting and advisory firm, has been named as one of the Best Places to Work in Orange County. This is the tenth consecutive year for Windes to be recognized in the annual program which is run by the Orange County Business Journal and Best Companies Group. More
New Branch Grand Opening!
LBS Financial Credit Union announced the opening of its newest branch, located at 6457 Pacific Coast Hwy. at Marketplace Long Beach. The brank is open Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 6:00pm and Saturdays from 9:00am to 2:00pm. For more information and introductory offers click here.