City of Long Beach Business Brief
Welcome to the Economic Development Department's Business Brief! We are continuing to ensure you are updated on the latest business resources and news.
A Message From Mayor Garcia on How to Support Local Businesses on Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday is an important annual event that supports small businesses
throughout the country. This year’s Small Business Saturday is happening on Saturday, November 28th, the day after Black Friday.

Small businesses account for over 99% of total businesses in the United States and created 1.8 million new jobs, according to a 2019 report by the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

Small businesses are an important essential part of Long Beach, and we are strongly encouraging the community to do everything they can to support them, especially this year, which has been an incredibly tough and challenging one.

The community is encouraged to do their holiday shopping, by shopping small and local this holiday season. InsideLB shares an article on Four Ways You Can Support Small Businesses.

Long Beach has some truly amazing fantastic small businesses. Everything from great eateries to local retail shops. Whether one shops in North Long Beach, Fourth Street, Belmont Shore, Bixby Knolls, Cambodia Town, Wrigley, or somewhere else in the City, they are likely to to encounter an amazing small business shop. Some ways we are encouraging participation in this year’s Small Business Saturday is by customers purchasing gift cards and ordering-in locally.

The City has multiple grant and loan programs available for small businesses.
City of Long Beach Issues Modified Safer at Home Health Order
To further protect against the spread of COVID-19, in the midst of an alarming rise in cases and hospitalizations, the Department of Health and Human Services has issued an updated Health Order that prohibits on-site dining. The changes are effective as of Wednesday, Nov. 25. 
 
The new Health Order prohibits on-site dining, including outdoor dining, at restaurants, brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs, craft distilleries and wineries. Any service of food or beverages, including alcoholic beverages, where a customer remains on site to consume the food or beverages, is prohibited. 

Restaurants, which include brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs, craft distilleries and wineries may operate for drive-thru, curbside, doorside or other outdoor pickup and delivery under certain conditions, which are specified in the Restaurant Protocol of the Health Order.

On Friday, Nov. 20, the City issued an updated health order to further protect against the surge in COVID-19 cases, in alignment with the State’s health order requiring a statewide curfew. These further restrictions, which are in alignment with the County of Los Angeles, are informed by data and a concern for the health of all who live in Long Beach. 
 
COVID-19 cases, which now number 15,226, are rising rapidly in Long Beach. Over the past two weeks, the number of new cases has increased by more than 120% -- a much steeper curve than the City saw during the summer surge. The positivity rate is now at 5.8%, compared to 2.9% at its lowest, and the most recent five-day average case rate is 34 per 100,000, up from a low of 6.9 per 100,000. While hospital capacity in Long Beach remains available, hospitalizations are climbing throughout the region, including at Long Beach-area hospitals. COVID-19 hospitalizations for hospitals that serve Long Beach-area residents have increased 248% from 25 on Nov. 1 to 85 on Nov. 22.

With this surge, demand for testing also is high. The City broke all testing records on Friday, Nov. 20, when 2,534 tests were conducted. The City continues to expand testing and surpass State requirements. People may schedule an appointment online or by calling 562.570.INFO (4636). Appointments can be made up to three days in advance.
 
Businesses with questions regarding the new protocols may call the City of Long Beach’s BizCare hotline between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays at 562.570.4BIZ. Residents with questions may call the City’s information line at 562.570.INFO between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., weekdays.
 
This action was 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. It is effective from 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, until it is extended, rescinded or amended in writing by the Health Officer.
Long Beach Inclusive Entrepreneurship Program
Free Business Support for Long Beach Businesses
Learn about available tools and resources to help your business recover from disruptions. You will receive individualized advice tailored for your specific business and situation. A professional will support you through the process of developing a personalized action plan.
• Digital Marketing
• Brand Building
• Strategic Planning
• Build a Digital Platform
• Marketing Plan and Branding Techniques • Legal Advice
• Contract Matters
• Intellectual Property and Copyrights
• Employment and HR Compliance
• Employment Laws under COVID -19


For more information or to register please contact
Economic Development Department at 562-570-6725 or 4Biz@longbeach.gov

Watch the Recording of the Long Beach Economic Forum
If you missed the Long Beach Economic Forum Thursday, November 19th, you can now access it below.
The Long Beach Ecomonic Forum was filled with the most current economic information about the City of Long Beach! It included reports from CSULB Economist Dr. Seiji Steimetz and Dr. Robert Kleinhenz. Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilmember Rex Richardson, former Chief of Staff and Boeing Executive Mark Taylor, and CVB CEO Steve Goodling talked about Long Beach Live and the innovation that their companies have implemented due to COVID-19.

Thank you to the Long Beach Economic Partnership (LBEP) and this amazing Long Beach Economic Forum that brings workers, investors, and entrepreneurs the best data about our City economy every quarter!
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.