City of Long Beach Business Brief 3.5.21
Welcome to the Economic Development Department's Business Brief! We are continuing to ensure you are updated on the latest business resources and news.
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 Padnettv about 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!
Entrepreneurship Workshop Series
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.
Paycheck Protection Loans
Up & Running California Program
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.

This one-time program is open to all eligible, California-based businesses. Applications close March 11, and the program begins the week of March 29.

L.A. County America's Job Centers of California
L.A. County America's Job Centers of California (AJCCs) can help employers who are facing the possibility of laying off employees or closing permanently via their Rapid Response Program.

Interested in receiving help? Fill out an interest form now at http://rebrand.ly/bizform
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.