July 2018
Welcome to our latest newsletter! We are excited to share news about Long Beach's continued economic growth, an update on our Kiva Long Beach Loan Program and news on the latest grand opening in our city! We are continuously working to bring about new programs and strengthen partnerships that will help sustain this growth for all Long Beach workers, investors, and entrepreneurs. Please keep reading for updates and information on upcoming workshops and events!
Recent Highlights
Long Beach Unemployment Rate Drops to Lowest Point in Nearly 30 Years
After reaching incredible unemployment numbers in May 2017 (4.4 percent), the City of Long Beach continued the trend in May 2018, dropping to 4.1 percent, a 10.5 percent drop in the last eight years. There are now a record 230,000 employed residents in the City.
“Long Beach is experiencing unprecedented economic growth from one end of the city to the other,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Billions are being invested in new housing, commercial centers, and public infrastructure. Our local economy is booming.” Read more
Meet Our Latest Kiva Borrower, Tanai!
Tanai Holder is the owner and operator of Dopeness Divine. As a certified Reiki Master and Life Coach, she finds joy in helping others tune into their own spiritual path and purpose. The recently funded $2,000 Kiva loan will help Tanai purchase a salt chamber for her salt therapy business. She anticipates that the addition of a salt chamber will increase her revenue by a minimum of $100k as well as assist her clients in creating peace in both their mind and body through its many benefits.To learn more about Kiva Long Beach, visit our site .
Little Brass Café Express Celebrates Grand Opening at Long Beach Airport
Long Beach Airport Historic Terminal is home to a new café! Earlier today, Little Brass Café Express (LBCX) held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate its grand opening at Long Beach Airport (LGB). Little Brass Café Express is the only eatery in the Airport’s historic terminal.

“It’s so great to see a local business come to life in such a historic location,” said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. “Small businesses are the engine that drive our local economy, and we’re proud of all the restaurants that contribute to the relaxing, Southern California travel experience at LGB.” Read more.
Long Beach in the News
Long Beach Business Journal: National, Regional Economic Outlook Positive For Remainder Of Year, Despite Trade Skirmishes
Unemployment is low, tax cuts are putting more money in consumers’ pockets and allowing for business investments, and wages are increasing – all factors that lead economists to believe that the remainder of 2018 should be positive, with an expected gross domestic product increase of around 3%. Read full article here .
The New York Times: Beach Is in This California Town’s Name, but It Offers Much More
The latest New York Times article does an incredible job at showcasing the diverse site seeing opportunities and experiences that Long Beach has to offer. The article highlights many local small businesses that provide amazing dining options, CSULB's stunning   Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden and much more! Click here for full article.
For full list of articles, visit our news archive
Upcoming Events & Workshops
This seminar will get you on the right path to starting a small business. Topics to be discussed include researching your business ideas, outlining your business plan, learning about start-up expenses and financing, legal aspects, and general management issues. 

Date:  7/19/2018
Time:  6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Status:  Open - 14 places remaining 
Cost:  Free
Event Address: 4900 E Conant Street, Bldg. O2, Room 234, Long Beach CA 90808

Founded by the Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups is based on the notion that entrepreneurs network and discover solutions over a million cups of coffee. The free, monthly gathering helps build startup communities on a grassroots level.

Date: 7/11/2018
Time: 7:30 AM 1 Million Cups Begins (Program Starts 8 AM sharp)
Cost: FREE
Event Address:
Studio 111
245 E 3rd St
Long Beach, CA 90802

Have an idea to solve plastic pollution through a product or system redesign, technological or economic innovation? Want to communicate directly with representatives from large and innovative brands, plastic manufacturing and waste management industry? If you’re between the ages of 15 and 25, apply for the POPS INNOVATION FORUM to jump-start your role in the solution!