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As our community contends with the developing COVID-19 crisis, the Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA) is here to help. We are taking steps to ensure Downtown’s businesses and residents have all the resources necessary to weather this ever-changing situation. While the world is in flux, one thing is absolutely certain: we will continue to provide you the necessary resources to navigate these unchartered waters, and you can count on us as your go-to source of information and promotion. This page will be refreshed regularly with updated information crucial to local business owners, residents and Downtown stakeholders.

As our community contends with the developing COVID-19 crisis, the Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA) is here to help. We are taking steps to ensure Downtown’s businesses and residents have all the resources necessary to weather this ever-changing situation. While the world is in flux, one thing is absolutely certain: we will continue to provide you the necessary resources to navigate these unchartered waters, and you can count on us as your go-to source of information and promotion. This page will be refreshed regularly with updated information crucial to local business owners, residents and Downtown stakeholders.

SUPPORT DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES

Many Downtown businesses are open to provide meals, beverages, supplies, exercise classes, online activities and more. 

Resources

Last updated 5:10PM PST on 5/19/2020

For Businesses (Guidelines, Access to Capital, Workforce and Labor Assistance, & Technical Assistance)

Businesses are an integral part of our Downtown community, and they are facing unprecedented challenges as this pandemic unfolds. The DLBA has compiled the resources below to serve as a guidepost regarding updated government regulations, economic assistance and health guidelines for businesses. Check back regularly for new information or subscribe to our weekly Business Resource Newsletter here:

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Guidelines

Access to Capital

  • The Funding Finder online database provides information to small businesses about COVID-19 relief programs in their area.
  • Congress approved additional funding for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, 4/27, at 7:30 a.m. Apply quickly, as funding is expected to run out within days.
  • Funding has lapsed for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance Program. New applications are not accepted at this time. This item will be updated when/if the situation changes.
  • The City of Long Beach has established an Emergency Microloan Program for businesses and 501c3 nonprofits with 5 employees or fewer. Loans range from $2,500-$10,000, and payments may be deferred for up to 9 months. The repayment period is 5-7 years. Call 562-570-4BIZ (4249) for more information.
  • The LA County COVID-19 Relief Fund provides loans and grants to small businesses and nonprofits.
  • L.A. County has launched a $500,000 Employer Assistance Grant Fund to help businesses, including nonprofits and social enterprises, affected by COVID-19. The application period has closed, but you can join a waitlist here.
  • The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) is allowing small business taxpayers to enter into 12-month interest-free payment plans for up to $50,000 of sales-and-use tax liability. This is effectively an immediate interest-free loan to small businesses.
  • Kiva Long Beach offers 0% interest loans through its fundraising platform.
  • The Jewish Free Loan Association is offering loans to Coronavirus-impacted entrepreneurs, regardless of religious affiliation.
  • Facebook is planning to offer grants to small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Workforce and Labor Assistance

Technical Assistance

  • The City of Long Beach is providing free downloadable posters for businesses to print and post to inform their customers and employees about best health and safety practices.
  • Local business Minuteman Press created Bounce Back Long Beach, an initiative offering a free local advertising forum for businesses, as well as a free printed COVID-19 awareness and prevention poster.
  • The Small Business Development Center is holding daily 3 p.m. webinars regarding the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and the Paycheck Protection Program.
  • The Small Business Development Center is ready to advise business owners on COVID-19 related matters.
  • The Long Beach Economic Development Department has created a COVID-19 resource page for businesses and employees outlining regulations, economic resources and more.
  • The California International Trade Center has compiled a list of resources useful to small businesses whose operations rely upon global trade.
For Workers

Pacific Gateway has launched an online portal to connect hourly job seekers with local employers.

Pacific Gateway offers job search assistance and career development resources. Its WorkPlace job center at 4801 Airport Plaza Dr. remains open.

The State of California’s Employment Development Department has provided guidance on what workers impacted by COVID-19 can do if they are:

  • Sick or quarantined
  • Unable to work while caring for an ill or quarantined family member
  • Missing work due to school closures
  • Experiencing reduced work hours
  • Self-employed
For Residents & Parents

Guidelines & General Updates

Financial Protections 

Service Announcements

Educational & Family Resources

Other

  • The State of California’s COVID-19 resource website includes a page dedicated to mental and emotional health resources, including hotlines and free services.
  • The website LB Mini Markets lists restaurants, by neighborhood, that are now offering market items for sale.

 

For Senior Citizens & Homebound Individuals

Long Beach Senior Centers will remain open with limited services to ensure we support our most vulnerable community only with appropriate social distancing. 

  • Meals on Wheels Long Beach provides home-delivered meals to residents who are unable to cook or shop for themselves and who live alone.
  • Seniors (60+), individuals with disabilities, and dependent adults can now receive FREE 24/7 delivery of groceries & other necessities through LA County’s Critical Delivery Service.
  • Long Beach Senior Center (1150 E. 4th St.) will remain open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for cafe and lunch service only.
  • Senior lunches also will be served at the following sites from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with appropriate social distancing:
    • Cesar Chavez Park (401 Golden Ave.)
    • El Dorado Park West (2800 N. Studebaker Rd.)
    • Expo Center (4321 Atlantic Ave.)
    • McBride Park (1500 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.)
    • Ramona Park (3301 E. 65th St.)
    • Silverado Park (1545 W. 31st St.)
  • The California Department of Aging offers tips to help seniors stay healthy and safe, and to connect them with the services they need.
  • Learn the basics from this City of Long Beach factsheet for seniors.
For Individuals Experiencing Homelessness
Additional Resources & FAQ

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Have you signed up for our new COVID-19 Webinar Series? Each Tuesday & Friday at 11AM we will be sharing small business resource updates and hosting community roundtables on the impacts from COVID-19 & how to address them.
RSVP now: https://bit.ly/2Z8AmPN

Supporting local businesses never tasted so good! Join us next Friday & Saturday (5/29-30) for our livestream event, Virtual Taste of Downtown: Takeout Together📲🍽
Check out #TasteofDTLB: https://bit.ly/3edFGph

Don’t forget, our COVID-19 Webinar roundtable, “Business as Usual? Perspectives on Reopening Small Business” starts at 11AM! If you haven’t already, sign-up now: https://bit.ly/2Z8AmPN

.@DLBA is offering free health & safety posters to Downtown businesses that are open for pickup. Supplies are limited: 1st come, 1st serve! Posters are designed by @LongBeachCity and donated by Minuteman Press LB. Click here to fill out our request form: https://bit.ly/36liJ0D

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COVID-19 UPDATES

QUICK RESOURCES:

Long Beach Health Updates


COVID-19 Info Line: 562-570-INFO (4636)


Long Beach Business Support Resources


Social Media Accounts and Hashtags to Follow for Latest Updates: #COVID19LongBeach 
@LongBeachCity Twitter Feed