January 2019
Happy New Year! 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 developments 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!
The City of Long Beach Remembers 2018
The City of Long Beach is proud to release the 2018 Year in Review, a book that offers a snapshot of the City’s accomplishments and accolades for the year. During 2018, the City received national recognition for its efforts in technology, sound financial reporting, public safety, LGBTQ inclusion, addressing mental health and homelessness, housing, city planning, community preparedness, sustainability, and economic development.
The Norse Way Business Corridor Gets a Makeover Thanks to the Business Corridor Improvement Pilot Program!
Last year, the City Council approved one-time funding to create a Business Corridor Improvement Pilot Program focused on three commercial corridors. The goals of this funding were to increase the volume of customers, promote economic growth along commercial corridors, and improve quality of life. Improvements to the area include: the removal of 28 ficus trees, the addition of four trash cans, sidewalk replacement, street replacement and re-striping that added 24 new parking spaces, the addition of two crosswalks, the planting of 44 crepe myrtle trees, and the installation of festoon lighting. Stop by this weekend to enjoy the new and improved area and support a local business!  
Kiva Long Beach
Through the Kiva Long Beach initiative, Long Beach entrepreneurs can access no-fee loans to start or grow their business, and residents can help local small businesses with loans as small as $25. With a dollar-for-dollar loan match provided by the Los Angeles Local Initiatives Corporation ( LA LISC ), Kiva Long Beach borrowers can accomplish their fundraising goal quickly.

Since launching in early 2018, the Kiva Long Beach Loan Program has had tremendous success and it would not be possible with out the support of our trustees, community partners, and lenders from across the world! We look forward to growing the program and continuing to support local entrepreneurship in 2019!
To learn more about previous borrowers, click here
Long Beach in the News
Forbes: A Taste Of Long Beach, California

When’s the last time you dined in Long Beach? From Mexican, Cambodian and French to vegan and barbecue, you can find nearly every cuisine under the Californian sun in this diverse coastal city. Thanks to its array of multicultural influences, local California classics such as fresh seafood never get old. With an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and hometown pride for locally owned businesses, Long Beach has an under-the-radar culinary scene waiting to be explored. Check out this roundup of favorite local eats below, along with where to satisfy your cravings for each specialty.

The Long Beach Business Journal: Downtown: Transforming Into ‘An Even Better Version Of Itself’
By: Brandon Richardson

On numerous occasions, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia has described the downtown area as “booming,” particularly with regard to the amount of development underway, planned or proposed. Currently, there is an estimated $3.5 billion being invested to further develop Downtown Long Beach, a number that does not include several sizable projects that are proposed or under review, according to city staff.
For full list of articles, visit our news archive
Upcoming Events & Workshops
Mayor Garcia will deliver the 2019 State of the City on Tuesday, January 15th. Plan to arrive early to mingle with your Long Beach friends and neighbors while you enjoy an array of dining choices from the food trucks parked at the Terrace Theater Plaza. Stay after the address to enjoy games, refreshments, and photos with your friends.

Free parking and translation services will be available.
Centro Cha and the Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship have teamed up to present: Business Bootcamp Part II, a free 6-week workshop focused on business planning. The program is open to individuals who participated in Business Bootcamp Part I or currently own a small business. Classes will begin on January 23rd and continue weekly until February 27th at 1633 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach CA 90813
The City of Long Beach is Developing its First-Ever Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) and Wants You to be a Part of the Process! 
Calling all Long Beach businesses! Here is your chance to provide feedback that will help the City develop a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) that takes a holistic approach to making Long Beach a more resilient and sustainable city! There will be a specific focus on how these climate impacts could affect businesses, from potential future disruptions to infrastructure and transportation networks due to flooding, to missed work due to the health effects of extreme heat.
Event Details: 
Thursday, January 10, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Expo Arts Center
4321 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807
Continental breakfast will be provided