Thank you for joining our annual City National Bank Entrepreneur of the Year, as this event would not be possible without YOU! The Chamber is more than grateful that you were able attend in a virtual format this year, and we are looking forward to the day that we are able to celebrate in-person with you again soon! If you weren't able to attend, you may view the recording to the event below.
As the leading voice of business, The Chamber dedicates its efforts to creating and sustaining a business-friendly environment. Below will be a regular update on our advocacy efforts and action alerts to keep our members informed on local, state, and federal legislation and policies while providing opportunities for our members to get engaged. 

For questions regarding these issues or any other advocacy related items, please contact
Christine Bos, Government Affairs Manager, at cbos@lbchamber.com or 562-435-9594.
Local Alerts


As the state and local health orders continue to be lifted, the City, Downtown Long Beach Alliance, and The Chamber look forward to welcoming back visitors into our Downtown.

The DLBA’s Public Safety survey is an integral tool in understanding areas of concern for residents, business owners, and visitors.

Please take the time to complete this survey. It is scheduled to close Monday, May 31, at 11:59 PM PST.
State Alerts

State Legislation Impacting Your Business

Signed Legislation Provides Tax Relief to California Businesses

Assembly Bill 80 (Burke-D) provides significant and immediate tax relief to California businesses devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. This measure provides up to $6.8 billion in state tax breaks by allowing businesses to avoid paying state taxes on forgiven loans
from the federal Paycheck Protection Program and to deduct expenses paid for using the loan funds.

To qualify to take the deductions, a business must demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts in the first, second, or third quarter of 2020 relative to the same 2019 quarter. Suppose the entity was not in business during all of 2019. In that case, the business must show a 25% reduction in gross receipts during any quarter in 2020 from the 2019 calendar quarters it was in operation. If the PPP application was submitted on or after January 1, 2021, then the fourth quarter of 2020 may be used as well. If they were in business for all of 2019, they could also compare calendar-year 2019 to calendar-year 2020. This language mirrors the gross receipt reduction requirement for eligibility for second draw PPP loans. However, the bill does not include any other restrictions from that provision, such as an employee limit.

The Chamber supported this bipartisan measure.
Federal Alerts:


Unions and their allies are promoting a bill that would destabilize America’s workplaces and impose a long list of dangerous changes to labor law.

The proposal, called the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (S. 420/H.R. 842) would undermine worker rights, ensnare employers in unrelated labor disputes, disrupt the economy, and force individual Americans to pay union dues regardless of their wishes.

Learn more about the PRO Act by clicking here.

Tell Congress: Stop the PRO Act

You can help drive emails and phone calls into your Senate offices and tell them to vote 'no' on the PRO Act using this one-click advocacy tool.

Applications are now open!

The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open.

  • This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location.
  • Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.
  • You can apply through SBA-recognized Point of Sale (POS) vendors or directly via SBA in a forthcoming online application portal: https://restaurants.sba.gov. Participating POS providers include Square, Toast, Clover, NCR Corporation (Aloha), and Oracle. If you are working with Square or Toast, you do not need to register beforehand on the https://restaurants.sba.gov application portal.
  • Eligible entities who have experienced pandemic-related revenue loss include:
  • Restaurants
  • Food stands, food trucks, food carts
  • Caterers
  • Bars, saloons, lounges, taverns
  • Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars
  • Bakeries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Breweries and/or microbreweries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Wineries and distilleries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Inns (onsite sales of food and beverage to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Licensed facilities or premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products

The State of California 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 Los Angeles County into the orange category. The new tiers also dictate the reopening phase. Details regarding what is allowed to be open and what is closed under the Blueprint for a Safer Economy are available at https://covid19.ca.gov/.
City of Long Beach Updated Health Order (4/16/2021)

The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services has issued an updated Health Order, allowing for further reopening of some industries and services, in accordance with Governor Newsom lifting the Regional Stay at Home Order. 

On August 28, 2020, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) implemented the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and color-coded tiers that indicate which activities, sectors and businesses are permitted to reopen based on local case rates and test positivity. As of March 31, 2021, Los Angeles County, including Long Beach, will be assigned the “Substantial – Orange Tier” (Orange Tier) under the Blueprint. This Order allows certain sectors, businesses and activities in the Orange Tier to operate with modifications.

Examples of major sectors that will now be permitted under the orange tier in Long Beach, subject to modifications including physical distancing and requiring face coverings, include:

  • Restaurants may increase indoor capacity from 25% to 50% of maximum occupancy, or 200 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs, craft distilleries and wineries without a City restaurant permit may operate indoors at the increased restaurant capacity only if the bar sells alcohol in the same transaction as a bona fide meal provided by a City-approved meal provider.
  • Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries, where no meal service is provided, may operate indoors and outdoors without serving meals. Indoor capacity is limited to 25% of maximum occupancy, or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Bars, including pubs and similar facilities, that do not hold a City-issued restaurant permit to provide sit-down, dine-in bona fide meals may serve alcohol to customers seated at tables outdoors only in accordance with the Protocols for Bars, as amended from time to time, attached as Appendix U. Bars operating pursuant to this subsection are not required to sell bona fide meals with the sale or service of alcohol to operate outdoors. Indoor operations of bars that do not serve bona fide meals in accordance with this Order are prohibited.
  • The sale or service of food and beverages, including alcohol, is prohibited for consumption by customers who are not seated at a table for service.
  • The sale or service of alcohol only is prohibited for consumption onsite indoors at bars.
  • All customers must wear a Face Covering at all times while at an establishment operating pursuant to this subsection, which may be removed only during the time the customer is physically eating or drinking
  • Gyms and Fitness Centers may increase their indoor capacity up to a maximum of 50% of total venue capacity where all attendees are either fully vaccinated attendees or attendees show proof of a negative COVID-19 test conducted 72 hours prior to attendance
  • Indoor pools may open, with modifications. Indoor hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms must remain closed.
  • Retail Establishments, including shopping centers, malls and swap meets, may operate at normal capacity without restrictions. Shopping centers with restaurants and other food facilities may operate in accordance with the updated restaurant protocols.
  • Public and Private K-12 Schools may offer in-person graduation and commencement ceremonies, provided adherence to State guidelines.
  • Institutes of Higher Education may resume in-person instruction limited to 50% of maximum occupancy or 200 people per class, whichever is fewer. In-person graduation and commencement ceremonies may take place, provided adherence to State guidelines.
  • Museums, Galleries, Aquariums and Botanical Gardens may operate indoors and outdoors with increased indoor capacity from 25% to 50% of maximum occupancy.
  • In-Person Religious Services and Cultural Ceremonies may operate indoors with increased indoor capacity from 25% to 50%. Back office staff and management may operate in person.
  • Movie Theaters may increase indoor capacity from 25% to 50% of maximum occupancy, or 200 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Events
  • Indoor Seated Live Events and Performances. Indoor live events and performances (e.g. sports and live performances) may occur. CDPH Guidance for the Orange Tier and all general guidance must be adhered to for indoor seated live events and performances.
  • For venues with a capacity of 0 to 1,500 people, indoor capacity must be limited to no more than 15% of the maximum occupancy load of the venue or 200 people.
  • Where all guests show a negative test result within the 72 hours prior to attendance or show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, indoor capacity may increase to no more than 35% of the maximum occupancy load of the venue.
  • For venues with a capacity of 1,501 people or above, indoor capacity must be limited to no more than 10% of the maximum occupancy load of the venue or 2000 people, whichever is fewer. Where all guests show a negative test result within the 72 hours prior to attendance or show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, indoor capacity may increase to no more than 35% of the maximum occupancy load of the venue.
  • Capacity within suites is limited to 25% of maximum occupancy per suite with no more than 3 different households physically distanced between households within each suite, or six people from the same household.
  • Tables located within an indoor and outdoor dining area must be separated by at least 6 feet.
  • Indoor venues with restaurants and similar food facilities may operate in accordance with the requirements in this Order for restaurants and Restaurant Protocols. The service of alcohol without a bona fide meal at an indoor venue must be in accordance with the Protocols for Bars.
  • All guests must wear a Face Covering at all times while at an indoor venue in accordance with this Order, which may be removed only during the time the customer is physically eating or drinking.
  • Outdoor Seated Live Events and Performances. Outdoor live events and performances (e.g. sports and live performances) may occur. CDPH Guidance for the Orange Tier and all general guidance must be adhered to for outdoor seated live events and performances.
  • Capacity at outdoor live events must be limited 33% of maximum occupancy calculated by the design/operating capacity or maximum occupancy load. Venues may increase attendance capacity to 67% of maximum occupancy if all guests show a negative test result within the 72 hours prior to attendance or show proof of full vaccination.
  • Capacity within suites is limited to 25% of maximum occupancy per suite with no more than 3 different households physically distanced between households within each suite, or six people from the same household.
  • Food and drink concessions at outdoor venues are permitted. Indoor concessions and concourse sales must be closed, except for designated seated dining areas that operate at no greater than 25% of capacity.
  • Tables located within an indoor and outdoor dining area must be separated by at least 6 feet.
  • Indoor venues with restaurants and similar food facilities may operate in accordance with the requirements in this Order for restaurants and Restaurant Protocols.
  • The service of alcohol without a bona fide meal at an indoor venue must be in accordance with the Protocols for Bars.
  • All guests must wear a Face Covering at all times while at the venue in accordance with this Order, which may be removed only during the time the customer is physically eating or drinking.
  • Non-Critical Office Worksites may open indoors with modifications. Telework is strongly encouraged.
  • Youth and Adult Recreational Sports, including various outdoor low-, moderate-, and high-contact sports and indoor low-contact sports identified by the State, may resume with modifications. 
  • Family Entertainment Centers may operate indoors and outdoors. Indoor capacity is limited to 25% of maximum occupancy, with groups consisting of members of the same household only. Indoor operations are limited to naturally-distanced activities such as indoor bumper cars, indoor batting cages, bowling alleys, escape rooms, virtual reality and kiddie rides.
  • Amusement and Theme Parks may resume indoor and outdoor operations, beginning April 1, with modifications, including total park occupancy of 25% for both indoor and outdoor operations, in addition to other State requirements.

The updated Health Order is being put in place by the City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, and in accordance with the Emergency Powers granted to the City Manager through the Proclamation of Local Emergency.
Now is The Time to Get Vaccinated!
The key to opening up the economy safely and responsibly is to get every Californian vaccinated!
City of Long Beach COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The City of Long Beach is committed to making sure everyone who lives, works or learns in Long Beach can receive a vaccine.

If you are eligible for a vaccine and want to be notified when appointments are available, or if your group is not yet eligible and want to receive information on when it is your turn to receive the vaccine, please sign up the State’s My Turn system

CURRENTLY ELIGIBLE FOR VACCINATION: (Subject to vaccine availability)
  • All Long Beach residents 16 and over are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment.
Providing Free PPE to your business
PPE for small businesses may include: Face masks, Hand sanitizers and Face shields. Get your Free PPE 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 COVID-19 resource page at www.lbchamber.com/covid-19/.

For more information on this topic or other questions, please contact Government Affairs Manager Christine Bos at cbos@lbchamber.com or 562-435-9594.
2021 California and Federal
Employment Poster
Compliance Alerts: 2021 all-in-one poster includes mandatory updates effective January 1, 2021 to the California Minimum Wage notice, the EDD’s Notice to Employees (12/30/20), the Family Care and Medical Leave and Pregnancy Disability Leave notice, and to the Your Rights and Obligations as a Pregnant Employee notice.

Order Here to receive Chamber Member Exclusive Pricing.
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Celebration of Logistics Month
Thursday, 5/6 @ 10:00am

The Celebration of Logistics Month (formerly known as State of Trade and Transportation and World Trade Week) program will take place every Thursday in the month of May as a series of webinars to promote the appreciation for the important role the logistics industry plays. This year, more than ever, we all know how critical logistics is to the well-being of our country. COVID-19 has placed a spotlight on America’s logistics that continue to source, distribute and deliver critical products and equipment across our great country in this time of need.
Featured Speaker:

Patrick Schaefer
Senior Research Fellow
Katholieke Universiteit van Leuven
Sponsored By:
Good Afternoon Long Beach
Tuesday, 5/11 @ 12:00pm

Join us for our monthly Good Afternoon Long Beach and hear from featured speaker; Trent Bryson of Bryson Financial!

If time allows, 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 event for your chance to win a healthy gourmet dinner for 4 people from Primal Alchemy, ready to heat and serve in your home.
Featured Speaker:

Trent Bryson
CEO
Bryson
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Presenting Sponsors:
Celebration of Logistics Month
Thursday, 5/13 @ 10:00am

The Celebration of Logistics Month (formerly known as State of Trade and Transportation and World Trade Week) program will take place every Thursday in the month of May as a series of webinars to promote the appreciation for the important role the logistics industry plays. This year, more than ever, we all know how critical logistics is to the well-being of our country. COVID-19 has placed a spotlight on America’s logistics that continue to source, distribute and deliver critical products and equipment across our great country in this time of need.

Featured Speakers:
Cynthia Guidry
Director
Long Beach Airport
Brent Overbeek
Senior Vice President
Revenue Management & Network Planning
Hawaiian Airlines
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Celebration of Logistics Month -Cybersecurity
Thursday, 5/20 @ 10:00am

In this digital age, especially during this global pandemic, cyber attacks seem almost inevitable. When a cyber attack happens businesses become reactive. What are the most common threats out there and what can you do to protect your company before there is a breach?

Featured Speaker:
Sem Ponnambalam
President
XAHIVE
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Marathon/Women's Business Council's Women of Excellence and Small Business Grant Applications
Applications due 5/26 @ 4:00pm

The Marathon Women of Excellence event honors the achievements and accomplishments of local women in their careers, businesses and communities. Winners are chosen for their vision, courage, compassion, proven success, generosity and involvement in our community as demonstrated by how they help other women succeed. Ideal candidates are women who have exemplified resilience during the pandemic and/or have demonstrated a commitment to furthering diversity and inclusion as part of their leadership. Our event will take place virtually on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 4:00 pm where we will be able to honor our winners.

A winner will be chosen for each of the following categories. Please click on the link to submit your application!

Outstanding Woman in Business is a business woman who not only strives to build a great company, but also contributes to the success of other women in business. 

Outstanding Community Leader is a woman who has attained a high rank and utilized her position, stature and expertise to break down gender bias and effect positive change for women in her business and in our community.

Outstanding Woman in Education is a woman who serves as an example of hard work and effective leadership through education, and who demonstrates a powerful commitment to her students. This nomination applies to teachers, principals and counselors.
The Marathon Small Business Grant - the Women’s Business Council is proud to partner with Marathon to offer a $5,000 small business grant to one deserving Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce member! Its purpose is to help small business owners to grow their business.
SBDC Webinar Series

Small Business Q&A - PPP2 & Other Funding Updates


The Retail Road to Recovery

Your Advocate: First Quarter of 2021
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 First Quarter of 2021 edition of our magazine featuring our Long Beach Restaurant Association.

Also Featuring:
Chamber Government Affairs Council Focus Areas for 2021
Marine Mammal Care Center Focuses on Rehab, Release of Sea Lions and Seals
Chamber Testimonials
Chamber Annual Vote Record

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


JCI Worldwide, Inc.
JCI Worldwide is a communications and public relations/public affairs firm. JCIPR takes complicated issues and communicates them to diverse, complex audiences in a simple and effective manner. We design, build, and manage successful grassroots coalitions, executing local, state and national campaigns and advocacy programs.

Even Better Insurance
We're your local licensed full-service Medicare agency and Medicare health plan specialists. Whether you are turning 65, or you have been on Medicare for years, we are here to guide you every step along the way towards understanding how your Medicare works and picking a plan that you'll love!

Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles
AAGLA is a non-profit association consisting of rental housing providers and real estate professionals in the Greater Los Angeles area. Our main goal is to provide the tools and resources needed to improve real estate management & operations to ultimately help our members provide safe housing and to ensure fair returns on their investments.

Recorded Webinar: Employee Retention Credits (ERC) for Businesses
 
Take advantage of this tax-savings opportunity now extended through December 2021!
 
In this informative presentation, you will learn about the ERC payroll tax credits that can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to your company AND help qualified employers keep their employees and businesses running during this pandemic.
 
Presenters are Guy Nicio (Partner and Chairman of Tax at Windes) and Bella Wang (Tax Director at Windes).

Hawaiian Airlines
As a member of a Preferred Affiliate, you can receive a 5% discount on Hawaiian Airlines flights.* Tickets must be purchased through the link below, use promo code: LBCHAMBER.

Office Depot
Chamber members can save up to 55% on office supplies using Office Depot's Small Business Savings Program. For more information contact Natalie Leighton using the link below.