Welcome to the Economic Development Department's Business Brief! We are continuing to ensure you are updated on the latest business resources and news.
Women's History Month
This month we recognize, celebrate and honor women’s successes and contributions to our society. We pay tribute to all the women past and present who have inspired our individual lives and shaped our world. In honor of this important month, we celebrate living legend Billie Jean King. Born in Long Beach, California, the city honored her with a beautiful new library in 2019. She's the only Long Beach resident to have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In addition to her legendary tennis career, she's also celebrated as a pioneer for equality and social justice. Enjoy a short video by Padnettvabout the opening of the Billie Jean King Main Library here.
ASCEND Los Angeles
Applications are now open for ASCEND LA’s 2021 Spring cohort. After the success of its inaugural cohort in 2020, the free business accelerator program has doubled its capacity, selecting 30 businesses owned by women and people of color to undergo a management education program, obtain certification and bid preparation support, connect with regional and national supply chains, receive 1-on-1 advising with loan and procurement specialists, and access flexible capital resources!
The Entrepreneurship Workshop program continues to offer workshops once a month. Workshops are every other Friday and will continue until April 16th. Between the workshops there is one-on-one mentoring sessions to help reinforce the concepts presented to help support implementation of the topics!
This program is being subsidized by the City of Long Beach and is available to participants at no cost.
In partnership with the California Office of the Small Business Advocate, eBay invites you to join Up & Running California. This free, 6-week ecommerce training program offers interactive coaching and instruction to help your business thrive online.