In response to COVID-19 the State of California determined a resilience roadmap as a plan for reopening the State. Gradually, as meet the following six indicators we see amendments to our Safer At Home" Order allowing for cautious reopening.

Six Indicators for Modifying the Safer At Home Order: 

  • Ability to test, contact trace, isolate, and support he exposed; 
  • Ability to protect those at high risk for COVID-19; 
  • Surge capacity for hospital and health systems; 
  • Therapeutic development to meet the demand; 
  • Ability of businesses, schools, and childcare facilities to support physical distancing; 
  • Determination of when to reinstitute measures like "Stay At Home" 
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.

*2 New funds are available for small businesses:
• The Long Beach Economic Partnership  has launched its second wave of grants for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. To qualify, applicants must not have received other government assistance. Selected small businesses will receive microgrants of $500 as well as access to cash flow, budget and loan application training, and one-on-one business counseling.  Click here   to learn more.  Apply here  
• The LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund will deploy $3 million in grants available at $5,000 or $15,000 to micro-entrepreneurs, small businesses, and non-profits. There are 6 total rounds, with finalists notified after each round.  Apply For Grant Here (Round 2: July 20 - July 24) . You may also visit   LACOVIDFund.org  to access fund resources online.

In order to control the rising numbers of cases across the state, Governor Newsom has announced  on July 14  new regulations for multiple sectors, impacting 30 counties including Los Angeles and Orange County. The mandatory closure went into effect midnight of July 14, 2020. 

These new regulations impact  indoor operations  for the following industries: 
  • Gyms
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Nail salons and other personal care services (tanning salons, esthetician, skin care and cosmetology services; body art professionals, tattoo parlors, micro-blading and permanent make-up and piercing shops; massage therapy (in non-healthcare settings))
  • Indoor malls (stores inside may still offer curb-side pick-up)
  • Non-essential offices (Businesses whose operations require employees work from an office worksite who are not identified as an essential business, healthcare operations, or essential infrastructure may operate via telework and for minimum basic operations only)
  • Indoor places of worship
  • Due to an inability to practice physical distancing, hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms located in common spaces and at multi-family residential properties are required to close.

Closed industries still include: 
  • Bars (both indoor and outdoor)
  • Indoor restaurant dining
  • Indoor wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters
  • Indoor museums, botanical gardens, aquariums, and zoos
  • Cardrooms
  • Family Entertainment Centers (bowling alleys, arcades, etc.)
Small Business Restart (SBR) Grant Program

The Small Business Restart (SBR) Grant is the first of several programs that will be made available as a part of the Rebuild Long Beach Relief Fund. The SBR Grant Program is designed to provide relief to help small businesses that were impacted by damages, theft, or vandalism related to the events that occurred on May 31, 2020. Approximately $250,000 in funding is currently available for the SBR Grant Program, which provide grants up to $2,000 to eligible small businesses.
  • SBR Grant funds may be used for the following purposes:
  • Replacing lost inventory
  • Making repairs to the exterior/interior of a business
  • Replacing lost equipment
  • Repairing damaged equipment
  • Paying business interruption insurance deductibles
  • Working capital to continue operations
  • Every applicant will be required to submit supporting documentation verifying damages and/or losses, which may include:
  • Pictures
  • Bids for interior/exterior building repairs
  • Quotes for equipment that needs to be repaired or replaced
  • Police report
  • Insurance claim documentation
  • Other relevant information
  • Eligibility requirements vary depending on the source of funding for each grant. For more information on eligibility requirements click here.
  • To get started, interested applicants are asked to complete a City of Long Beach Business Damage Assessment Form.
  • If an applicant needs help completing the form, they can contact the City’s Business Hotline at (562) 570-4BIZ (4249).
Long Beach CARES Rental Assistance Program  

The Long Beach CARES Emergency Rental Assistance (LB CARES) program provides emergency rental assistance grants to Long Beach households that are income-eligible and have been economically impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic through job loss, furlough, or reduction in hours or pay.

The application and materials are now available on the program website: longbeach.gov/lbcares
Please note that in-person  drop-off ends at July 23, 2020 11:00 a.m. and the mail-in  submittal period closes July 27, 2020.

LB CARES is administered by the City’s Development Services Department and will provide up to $1,000 per month of rental assistance payments for up to three months on behalf of qualifying Long Beach residents who have lost income due to COVID-19 and meet federal low-income requirements. The monthly assistance payments will be provided directly to property owners or landlords on behalf of qualifying residents and will be applicable to rent due during the eligible period from March 27, 2020, until the end of the City’s  Safer at Home Order .  

Eligible applicants will be required to submit documentation confirming substantive income losses caused by job layoffs, furloughs or reduction in hours or pay during the COVID-19 pandemic period beginning March 27. All documentation, including rental lease agreements, will be subject to verification.

Information and application materials (available in English, Spanish, Khmer and Tagalog), including eligibility requirements, are available on the program website:  longbeach.gov/lbcares
If you have any questions, please contact our Government Affairs Manager, Christine Bos, at cbos@lbchamber.com or 562-435-9594
COVID-19 Return to Work? NOW WHAT? 
Tuesday, 7/28 @ 2:00pm

Featured Speaker: Audrianne Adams Lee
President/Founder of HR Network Inc.

The webinar discusses challenges employers will face as they return employees back into the workplace. Specifically: 
  • How to Handle Employees Who Don't Return
  • Workforce Management in the Time of COVID-19
  • OSHA/IIPP Required Update for COVID-19
  • What to do when an employee tests positive
  • Employee expenses when working remotely
  • Employee travel/vacations during COVID-19
  • Talking to your employees about racism  

Good Afternoon Long Beach
Networking Luncheon
Tuesday 8/11 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 - NOW OPEN

COVID-19 Information for
Small Businesses
M/W/F through 7/31 @ 3:00pm

The SBDC is providing M/W/F 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.

Your Advocate: First Quarter 2020
Advocacy for small business is key in 2020. Check out our First Quarter edition of our magazine featuring the winners of the 23rd Annual City National Bank Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

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LA Coast PACE Virtual Grand Opening
Our Chamber member, LA Coast PACE opened its door officially in Long Beach on July 17th with a virtual grand opening ceremony!
Welcome to Long Beach and We are so excited for your newest program serving the greater Long Beach area.

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