September 2019
Welcome to our latest newsletter! We are excited to share news about Long Beach's continued economic growth, an update on our business assistance programs, 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!
Highlights
Long Beach Celebrates the Soft Launch of The Corner Pop-Up
On Thursday, August 15 th , the Economic Development Department, in partnership with LINC Housing, and Pacific Gateway, celebrated the ribbon cutting of their new venture, The Corner Pop-Up. The recently remodeled retail space will be made available to business owners free of charge for a period of time and serve as a platform where they can grow and gain access to important resources, such as assistance with marketing, business planning, and access to capital. The Corner Pop-Up will open to the public in late October with Royal Gourmet as the first tenant.
Long Beach Accelerator Kicks Off with Investor Reception
The Long Beach Accelerator (LBA) investor reception welcomed potential investors, entrepreneurs, stakeholders, and partners, bringing together the venture ecosystem. The reception served as both a kick-off event for the upcoming first cohort as well as a unique opportunity for funding partners and potential Accelerator participants to network and explore future collaborations.

The LBA, an innovative partnership between the Long Beach City Economic Development Department, Sunstone Management, and CSULB Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, will provide space, customized technical assistance, and access to capital for early stage startups.
Business Corridor Improvement Pilot Program Gives Anaheim Street Businesses a Makeover
Anaheim Street is the latest commercial corridor to benefit from the City's Business Corridor Improvement Pilot Program. The program, which is funded by City Council-approved one-time funding, is designed to increase the volume of customers, promote economic growth along commercial corridors, and improve quality of life.

Improvements include, but are not limited to, exterior painting, light fixture replacement, awning installation, and landscape improvements. Check out a few of the storefronts along Anaheim Street that have benefited from the program thus far!
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Long Beach in the News
Long Beach Post: City Sells Vacant Lot to Make Way for More Senior Affordable Housing
By: Brian Addison

Making way for more affordable housing for seniors, the Long Beach City Council has formally approved the sale of a 15,795-square-foot lot in Central Long Beach to affordable housing developer Mercy Housing California of Los Angeles.
Long Beach Business Journal: Small Business Center Helps Entrepreneurs Determine Steps For Expansion
By: Denny Cristales

For aspiring entrepreneurs who are interested in starting a business but have no clear path on how to get started, the Long Beach Small Business Development Center (SBDC) aims to serve as a roadmap.
For full list of articles, visit our news archive
Upcoming Events & Workshops
Long Beach Retail Academy
Are you ready to start or grow your storefront, kiosk or pop-up? Sign up to attend the Small Business Development Center's no-cost, 6-week workshop series for aspiring and existing retailers. The series-- taught by small business advisor and retail expert Karie Armstrong – is six consecutive Thursdays, from September 26 th  through October 31 st .