May 15, 2020

The COVID-19 Economic Impact survey was distributed citywide from Friday, April 3 to Friday, May 1. In total 509 total responses were collected from business owners or operators which including independent contractors, and provides insight into their current challenges and greatest needs.

The survey was a joint effort with the Long Beach Economic Development Department, Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Council of Business Associations (COBA), and the
Downtown Long Beach Alliance. 
 The Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing the most up to date resources and assistance on how to locate information, support and financing options.

Please continue to check-in with our website  www.lbchamber.com/covid-19/  daily for updated resources for your business, employees, and updates in and around our city including our restaurants.

Additional Funding Resources for your Business:

Paycheck Protection Program  ( $310 billion infusion)  - The SBA resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27, 2020. SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.  Find Lender Here
CND x BCL Nail Professional Relief Grant  - offers a $1,000 grant to nail professionals. 
California Capital Access Program (CalCAP)  - is a loan loss reserve program for businesses with 1-500 employees.
CA Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank)  - Finance Programs (1-750 employees) - Small Business COVID-19 Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance   - As a part of the Federal CARES Act, the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular State Unemployment Insurance benefits.

Additional City, County, and State Resources for you and your business: 


For more information on this topic or other questions, please contact Government Affairs Manager Christine Bos at  cbos@lbchamber.com   or 562-435-9594.


Information for Small Businesses
Every Weekday through 5/30 at 3:00pm

The SBDC is providing daily webinars for the Small Business Community on information as it relates to funding information during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We will be discussing the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, Payroll Protection Program, Disaster Bridge Loan, 7a Forgiveness Program, and other funding opportunities for your business.

Information is changing and updating daily and we want to make sure Small Business owners are being provided the most up to date factual information as to what is available for funding.

The webinar will be 30-40 minutes daily with a brief Q&A after.

Plan for Southern California's
Water Future
5/20 and 5/22 at 10:00am

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California prepares for the future through an Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) developed in coordination with its member agencies and retail water providers across the region. The first IRP was adopted in 1996 and has been updated several times over the past 25 years. In 2020, Metropolitan is creating a new IRP that will incorporate different scenarios to most effectively plan for and address potential water supply reliability challenges through 2045.

You’re invited to learn about the process and help identify “drivers of change” that will affect the future, the first step in scenario planning.

Q&A for Investors
Every Thursday through 6/18 at 4:00pm

Join Centennial Advisers during this weekly webinar as they assist owners by providing timely and accurate information during this unprecedented time.

Centennial Advisers will follow-up with owners to answer any questions or concerns.

For more information about Centennial Advisers or this webinar visit: www.centennialadvisers.com

Good Afternoon Long Beach
Networking Luncheon
Tuesday 6/9 at 12:00pm

BRING YOUR LUNCH AND JOIN US VIRTUALLY FOR GOOD AFTERNOON LONG BEACH

After registering for the event, you will receive a confirmation email with a Meeting ID and Password to access the Zoom Meeting. We look forward to seeing your there!

Sponsor: Parkers' Lighthouse - Though they are currently closed, we greatly appreciate Parkers' Lighthouse continued support!

Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act

Democrats in the House of Representatives  released a proposal  for the next phase of major COVID-19 relief legislation – the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act. 

As written, the HEROES Act includes all Section 501(c) organizations in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  Any nonprofit with 500 or fewer employees will be able to apply for PPP funds. Following are other notable provisions, among many, that are relevant to our community:
  • The covered period for PPP loans would be extended to December 31, 2020;
  • PPP funds could be stretched over 24 weeks instead of the eight weeks originally passed in the CARES Act;
  • Businesses and organizations that receive PPP loans would be allowed to defer payroll tax payments;
  • Coordination between the PPP and Employee Retention Tax Credit would be improved to "ensure borrowers can take advantage of both types of assistance";and
  • The legislation would direct the Federal Reserve to create a nonprofit-specific program within the Main Street Lending Program.
This bill is expected to pass the House TODAY (Friday, May 15, 2020) but the whole bill is likely to be changed in significant ways to pass the Senate. 

Now is a good time to follow up with your Congressional representatives to thank them for their efforts and to reach out to your Senators to urge them to maintain the PPP changes in the final package . You can do so by submitting a letter through The Chamber's Advocacy Portal  The Chamber's Advocacy Portal .

Also, now is the time to begin preparing your documentation should the bill pass. When the initial CARES Act was passed, the stimulus money was gone almost immediately. We suggest you reach out directly to your banking institution to discuss directly with them. You can also find information on necessary documentation and other information required at the U.S. Small Business Administration landing site:  https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/

 Census 2020: Be Counted

During these challenging times, your voice is more critical than ever in ensuring we fulfill our commitment to count every single person in California for the 2020 Census - our state's economic future depends on it. Fortunately, it has never been easier and more accessible to respond to the census on your own --  online over the phone , or by mail!

3 EASY ACTIONS TO ENCOURAGE YOUR EMPLOYEES, CUSTOMERS, AND COMMUNITY TO COMPLETE THE CENSUS:

EMAIL BLAST:  Use the draft email language in the  census toolkit  to send an email blast to your employees and customers list. Let them know it is safe to complete the census, their answers are confidential, citizenship status won't be asked, and it is very easy to complete!

REMINDERS:  Many of us are leading staff meetings and other work remotely. Make sure to include reminders to complete the census in all your virtual team meetings! For some ideas, check out these posts on  Facebook  and  Twitter

If you have any questions, please contact our Government Affairs Manager, Christine Bos, at cbos@lbchamber.com or 562-435-9594
Updates to City's Safer at Home Order

In addition to the beach and dog park re-openings reported earlier this week, the following businesses may now operate with limited operations under the most recently  amended Health Order :

  • Self-service car washes, with restrictions
  • Businesses providing services for animals such as grooming, walking and training, with restrictions
  • Outdoor museums may open outdoor spaces for the purpose of outdoor recreational activities only. Physical distancing protocols must be adhered to.
In recent weeks, millions of small businesses across the country have been forced to close their doors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The sudden loss in revenue has been devastating – putting paychecks, employees, and hard-working families at risk. 

We need an urgent solution that will keep our businesses afloat and protect our communities in the long term.  That’s why the Long Beach Area Chamber has joined the America’s Recovery Fund Coalition , comprised of more than 100 organizations representing over 58 million American workers and 45% of the American workforce. 

We are calling on Congress to create America’s Recovery Fund – a relief fund for businesses to operate during this unprecedented crisis, retain and rehire employees, pay rent, meet debt obligations, and pay taxes.  America’s Recovery Fund will be a vital lifeline to business, communities, workers, and state and local governments which rely on our success to fund local economies.

Now more than ever, members of Congress need to hear how the economic downturn is affecting you.  We need your personal stories to show Congress small business owners are depending on them and a recovery fund is needed – now.

To keep up with the latest from America’s Recovery Fund Coalition, please visit our  website .
Your Advocate: First Quarter 2020
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We are pleased to feature a calendar listing major fundraising events for our nonprofit members in the Greater Long Beach Area. If you would like to promote a nonprofit event please contact Randy Gordon at rwgordon@lbchamber.com or 562-432-7830
Please keep in mind, some of these events may have been postponed or canceled due to the Corona Virus. Please call the event's listed number to confirm.
We'd like to welcome our new Chamber Members!

Check out their websites below:

Chamber Member  F&L Racing Fuel has shifted gears and is now selling hand sanitizer in efforts to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Support your fellow Members!