City of Long Beach Business Brief
November 26, 2021
Welcome to the Economic Development Department's Business Brief! We are continuing to ensure you are updated on the latest business resources and news.
In 2010, Small Business Saturday was created on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to encourage people to Shop Small and bring more holiday shopping to small businesses.

Every time you pick up a cup of coffee from your favorite neighborhood cafe or buy a gift from a local business, you're shopping small and making a difference. This Small Business Saturday, November 27, support your community by shopping at local businesses!
Accelerate Long Beach
The quarterly economic forum from the Long Beach Economic Partnership is happening Thursday, December 9.

This free, virtual event will explore skyline-changing projects that were recently completed, are under construction or are in the pipeline. Investors who are in-the-know are building on a solid foundation and betting on Long Beach’s future.
 
You'll hear from the Cal State University, Long Beach Office of Economic Research about Long Beach’s economic picture, and how the city has been experiencing massive growth in development over the past couple of years. The buildout of thousands of residential units and millions of square feet of commercial real estate help attract and retain professional workers and world-class corporations to this waterfront metropolis.
 
This live, virtual conference is FREE and open to all. Live Q&A sessions with the speakers and experts will give you a chance to get deeper insight into Long Beach’s economic picture.
 
The information and data shared will be useful not only to those already doing business in the city, but anyone looking to relocate, work or invest here.
2021 Long Beach Independent Redistricting Commission Adopts Final Map for New Council District Boundaries
On Thursday, November 18, the Long Beach Independent Redistricting Commission (Commission) voted to adopt the final map for the new Long Beach City Council district boundaries. The new district boundaries approved by the Commission will take effect in 30 days on December 18, 2021. The new map can be found on the Redistricting website.
Founders First Grant and Accelerator Program
A total of $100,000 will be awarded to 30 businesses in Southern California.
Grants are a great way to receive growth capital for your small business. With a simple application, you can receive cash and full tuition scholarship to one of Founders First stellar accelerators. Hear first hand from grant recipients and partners.

  • Grant money can be used as growth capital to hire or rehire premium wage jobs.
  • Cash infusion can be used to purchase, fix or enhance equipment necessary to help you manage growth challenges and scale for the future.
  • Founder identify as one of the following: Latinx, Black, Asian, Women, LGBTQIA+, Military Veteran, or located in a Low to Moderate Income area.
  • TO QUALIFY: Must be located in the Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, Imperial, and San Diego regions and have a current staff of 2-20 employees. Will have the ability to add 1-2+ net new premium wage jobs in the next 12 months. Must be a for-profit company with annual revenues between $100K and $3 million.

The application deadline is November 30, 2021. Please email socal.jobcreators@foundersfirstcdc.org with any questions about the Job Creators Quest Grant.
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.