City of Long Beach Business Brief 4.1.21
Welcome to the Economic Development Department's Business Brief! We are continuing to ensure you are updated on the latest business resources and news.
The City of Long Beach Health and Human Services Department has issued an updated Health Order, effective on April 1, as Long Beach enters the Orange (Moderate) Tier, the third of four tiers outlined under the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
  Long Beach Airport Seeks Development Proposals for 27 Acres
The City of Long Beach released a Request for Proposals (RFP) yesterday for aeronautical development of all or portions of approximately 27 acres at Long Beach Airport (LGB). The availability of such a large amount of land is rare, with the last large-scale development at the Airport taking place in the 1980s and early 1990s. 

The Lakewood Parcel, approximately 10 acres, is located on the east side of the Airport at the corner of North Lakewood Boulevard and East Spring Street, immediately above the underground Los Cerritos Channel Stormwater Capture Facility. This parcel is available for development as a result of the shortening of Runway 8R-26L, in accordance with the Airport’s Airfield Geometry Study. 

The RFP specifies that development of the site should be intended for aviation-related purposes that are complementary and respectful of the adjacent existing businesses. Proposal submissions are due by 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 7, 2021. To obtain a copy of the RFP Number AP21-042, click here.
LA county has partnered with LISC LA to distribute $4.7 million in grants to personal care and retail sector small businesses in need of financial support due to COVID-19.

Eligible business must:
  • Have an annual revenue under $1M in the personal care and retail sectors
  • Have documented financial hardship as a result of COVID-19
  • Have NOT received COVID-19 relief funds from the County in 2021

Grant Winners will be chosen through a randomized application system. Applicants who meet the following criteria will be weighted more heavily in the system:
  • Veteran-owned
  • Located in a CALEnviroScreen Map community with a 90% health hazard range
  • Located in County Districts with higher poverty rates, lower educational attainment, and lower median income.

Applications opens 12AM April 5, 2021 and close on April 11, 2021 at 11:59 PM.

Register for one of the following webinars today:
Small Business Microgrant Opportunity
United Cambodian Community(UCC) has opened a microgrant opportunity available for small businesses in Long Beach. UCC is a multi-service agency providing youth development, workforce development, gang prevention, and mental health services to address the changing needs of the growing Cambodian population in Long Beach.

The Small Business Microgrant Opportunity is currently only opened to businesses located in Long Beach.

For more information, visit:
The Entrepreneurship & Small Business Education Series is a partnership between the IIE and the Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA). The series is focused on providing the tools and skills needed to start and run a successful business for existing and potential downtown business owners, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small business owners. Certificates will be provided to those who complete the entire program. A pitch opportunity on June 1st will offer selected businesses seed funding. Award Guidelines (PDF)
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.