New Unemployment Insurance Benefits and Paycheck Protection Program Loan Application Assistance for
Small Business Owners!

Business Hotline and Call Center
Phone: 562-570-4BIZ (4249)
Open Seven Days a Week!
Hours: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Dear Economic Development Partner,

New Benefits for Self-Employed! Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program
The California Employment Development Department (EDD) recently launched the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program to extend Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits to independent contractors and self-employed individuals. Beginning today, April 28, small business owners and freelancers can apply for UI benefits through the EDD online portal .

Please note that freelancers and business owners who may have previously filed a UI claim and were declined, are encouraged to file again under the new PUA Program. Recipients may receive up to $767 per week through July 25, 2020. For more information, visit the EDD website .

New City Assistance Program! Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
The City of Long Beach has a new partnership with the National Development Council (NDC) to help Long Beach businesses navigate the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan application process. The NDC is a nationwide non-profit that raises and directs capital funding to projects in low-income communities. Instead of having to work through a bank or financial institution, Long Beach businesses can now work through the NDC online portal to submit a loan application for the PPP.

Business Hotline and Call Center
For business and worker-related questions, please contact the Economic Development Department Business Hotline and Call Center at 562-570-4BIZ (4249). The Business Hotline and Call Center is open seven days a week from 8:00AM – 5:00PM. 

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