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Business Resources

COVID-19 Business Resources

For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep our residents safe, visit: longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Not sure where to start?

The Long Beach Economic Development Department has created a Business Hotline and Call Center that can be reached at 562-570-4BIZ (4249). Businesses arecan connected with city staff to answer COVID-19 business and worker-related questions. 

The Business Hotline and Call Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. Thursday, and every other Friday. All voicemails made after business hours will be reviewed within 24 business hours by city staff. 

Further information on business and worker resources is provided by the Economic Development Department

Business Resources

Free Virtual Business Consultation and Resources 

  • The Long Beach Business Development Bureau has contracted with community partners to offer one-on-one business coaching in strategic planning and marketing for qualifying small businesses in Long Beach. There is no cost for this service. Income limits apply. For more information, please contact Alcira Dominguez at alcira.dominguez@longbeach.gov or (562) 570-6725. 
  • The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is providing free virtual business consultation to assist small businesses with disaster preparedness and recovery. Contact the local SBDC at 562-938-5100 or visit the SBDC website for more information. 
  • SBDC ongoing live webinar and Q&A on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and the Paycheck Protection Program every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3 P.M. PST. Registration and sign ups can be found on the SBDC website.   
  • SCORE Long Beach/South Bay is providing free business advise, resources, and local business training for businesses who would like support through COVID-19. Free mentoring, workshops and events, and a resource library can be found on the SCORE website

Free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Long Beach Businesses 

  • The City of Long Beach is providing Long Beach based businesses free PPE. Please call the City’s business hotline at (562) 570-4BIZ (4249) or complete a request form on the City’s Business support website

Temporary Open Streets 

  • In an effort to assist businesses in the COVID-19 recovery, the City of Long Beach Department of Public Works is streamlining temporary repurposing of the sidewalk and roadway for dining, salon and gym services, customer queuing, and vehicle loading. Find more information in the Open Streets FAQ and apply online

California Green Business Network Resource List 

Assistance Programs 

  • LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund - This program offers loans and grant resources to micro-entrepreneurs, small businesses, and non-profits.  
  • Long Beach Emergency Microloan Program - This program provides loans between $2,500 to $10,000 to Long Beach micro-enterprises with five (5) or fewer employees on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply, sign up for an appointment with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) by visiting the SBDC website or calling 562-938-5100.  
  • Kiva Loan Program - This program provides loans between $500 to $15,000 to Long Beach small businesses. For additional information contact BusinessDevelopment@longbeach.gov or 562-570-6099. 
  • Small Business Transition and Technology Grant – This program support small businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with an emphais on businesses located in low-to-moderate income areas most impacted by COVID-19. The application for this program is opening soon. 
  • Microenterprise Loan Program - This program provides loans between $25,000 to $100,000 to Long Beach small businesses with five or less employees. For more information please contact Economic Development Officer Seyed Jalali at Seyed.Jalali@longbeach.gov or 562-570-6172. 
  • Grow Long Beach Loan – This program provides loans between $100,000 to $2 million to Long Beach businesses that have been operating in Long Beach for at least two years. To apply, sign up for an appointment with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) by visiting the SBDC website or calling 562-938-5100. 
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Emergency Advance - The Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal loans to small businesses and non-profit organizations that are suffering substantial economic loss as a result of COVID-19. 
  • Jump Start Loan Program - This program provides microloans between $500 to $10,000, technical assistance and financial literacy training.  
  • California Capital Access Program (CalCAP) - The California Capital Access Program (CalCAP) encourages banks and other financial institutions to make loans to small businesses that have experienced difficulty obtaining financing. This program offers small businesses a chance to receive more favorable loan terms from a lender if your loan is enrolled in the CalCAP Loan Loss Reserve Program.  
  • Facebook Small Business Grant - Facebook is offering $100M dollars in cash grants and ad credits to help small businesses struggling with the burden of COVID-19. Qualifying businesses must have between 2-50 employees, have been in business for over a year, have experienced challenges from COVID-19, and be in or near a location where Facebook operates.  
  • Long Beach Economic Partnership - This program provides small grants to businesses who have not received other government assistance (funding from SBA or local government Disaster Assistance CARES Act funding e.g. PPP, EIDL), are licensed in the City of Long Beach, have 10 or less employees and annual revenue under $1 million dollars. 

Utility/Fee Assistance 

  • The City of Long Beach has suspended natural gas and water disconnections until further notice.  
  • Businesses and residents experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible to establish a payment plan to pay gas or water bills. Please call (562) 570-5700 for additional information.  

Edison 

  • Level Pay Plan - Allows you to pay the same amount every month by averaging your household energy costs, by spreading high summer or winter bills over an entire year. 
  • Energy Assistance Fund - Helps low-income customers in financial hardship with electric bills. 
  • Residential Summer Discount Program - Provides credit for customers who permit Edison to install and use a device that allows Edison to remotely turn off the customer’s air conditioner at high-peak hours. The amount of credit received is dependent upon how often the customer allows Edison to use the device. 

 

Worker Resources

The WorkPlace 

  • The WorkPlace helps connect those looking for a job to employers who are hiring, provides career counseling and vocational training, and has access to information about special State, County and City programs for workers who face layoffs and downsizings.  

Childcare Resources 

  • The Work Long Beach (WorkLB) Program provides hourly childcare with trained professionals to essential workers, low-income families and those who work in public safety and healthcare.  

Insurance and Leave Benefits 

  • Disability Insurance - Provides short term benefits to eligible workers who have lost full or partial wages due to having been exposed to COVID-19, certified by a medical professional.  
  • Paid Family Leave - Provides benefits to workers who need to take time off work to care for a severely ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19, certified by a medical professional.   
  • Paid Sick Leave - Provides benefits for workers experiencing illness. 
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program - The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program provides Unemployment Insurance benefits to independent contractors and self-employed individuals.  
  • Unemployment Insurance - Workers who have lost their job or becoming partially unemployed as a result of COVID-19 closures may file and Unemployment Insurance claim. 
  • Workers’ Compensation - Provides benefits for workers who suffer from work-related injuries or illnesses.  

Housing  

  • The Long Beach City Council voted unanimously on July 29th to extend an emergency ordinance that halts evictions for residential and certain commercial tenants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This amendment extends the current eviction moratorium and rent deferment period for an additional 60 days, to September 30, 2020.  
  • For additional information, visit the Long Beach Development Services website and view the City’s Resources for Homeowners, Renters, and Landlords

Free COVID-19 Testing 

  • Free COVID-19 testing is available to Long Beach residents who are experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19 or have come into contact with someone with COVID-19. 

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