Entrepreneurship & Investor Resources

Kiva Long Beach

Funding for startup businesses is very difficult to obtain – the Kiva Long Beach program can provide a viable way of supporting startup funding for entrepreneurs and small businesses within the Downtown business ecosystem. Kiva is a peer to peer micro lending program that provides potential borrowers with 0% interest micro loans that can be paid back in up to 36 months. The DLBA will endorse borrowers for Kiva Long Beach if the Criteria for Participation is met. This has the added benefit by providing credibility to your loan request and allowing you access to LISC Los Angeles’s dollar for dollar loan match, helping to achieve your funding raising goal even quicker.

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1 Million Cups

The Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA) will host a national program to engage, educate and connect local entrepreneurs. 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.

Beginning February 7 and meeting every first Wednesday of the month through January 2019, entrepreneurs, innovators, funders and other community members interested in investing in Downtown Long Beach are invited to attend the sessions from 7:30 – 9 AM at Studio 111/Retail Design Collaborative, located at 245 East Third St., in Downtown Long Beach. Monthly location provided in Registration link below.

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Google Workshops

The Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA) continues its partnership with Google to expand our support for Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs in Downtown Long Beach through offering a free digital marketing and AdWords workshop. In this two-hour workshop, you’ll receive guidance on improving your web presence, learn how to reach new customers online and grow your business using Google Adwords Express, Google’s online advertising platform. Attendees must have a website up and running to attend. Registration is not allowed on-site.

Cost: FREE *Must already have a website

Location: Downtown Long Beach Alliance,100 W Broadway, Suite 120, Long Beach, CA 90802

Bonus: Receive $100 in Google Adwords credit when you spend $25

What to Bring: Smartphone and/or Laptop

Parking: We recommend parking in City Place Lots A, B, or C in the heart of DTLB, where two hour free parking is available and only a few minutes walk down Pine Ave to 100 W Broadway. Paid parking is available on-site at 100 W Broadway.

Entrepreneur and Small Business Education Series

The Entrepreneur and Small Business Education Series is a partnership between the Downtown Long Beach Alliance and California State University, Long Beach. The education series is focused on providing the tools and skills needed to start and run a successful business. The Entrepreneur and Small Business Education Series is a six-week program starting April 1, 2017 and runs on consecutive Saturdays. California State University, Long Beach will provide a certificate of accomplishment to those who complete the entire program.

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Time: 8am-12noon each consecutive Saturday starting April 7
Target Audience: Existing and Potential Downtown Business Owners, Entrepreneurs, Start-Ups, and Small Business owners
Potential Class Size: 45-100 per session
Cost to Attend: FREE to attend for Existing and Potential Downtown Business Owners and CSULB Students (Value of $1,350)

Curriculum schedule:
Week 1: The Value of a Business Plan, April 7
Week 2: Your Marketing Plan, April 14
Week 3: Financial Aspects of Your Business & HR, April 21
Week 4: Where to Locate Your Business, April 28
Week 5: Legal and Funding Opportunities, May 5

Week 6: May 12, * PitchFest:
A certificate ceremony – Participants that have attended all 10 modules will walk out with a certificate and a self-developed business plan in hand.

Pitchfest is for all qualified potential award recipients to present their business plan. All start-up or expansion costs are itemized and defined in the applicant’s week 6 pitch. All business plan items presented will be subject to removal, editing, and approval by the award committee composed of members from DLBA’s Economic Development Committee.

Week 7: May 17, DLBA Economic Development Committee:
Up to 7 proposed award recipients’ business plans are presented and financial awards are confirmed.