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For the second year, Downtown Long Beach Alliance is offering local businesses a free opportunity to tune up and strengthen their operations by attending the DLBA Small Business Winter Workshop Series.  

“Ideally suited for Downtown businesses which have been operating for three years or more, the Small Business Winter Workshop Series is an opportunity for them to re-assess their goals for the year, and see how they can re-align their practices for the remainder of the year,” said Austin Metoyer, Economic Development and Policy Manager for DLBA.  

The three-part workshop, which started in January, takes place at DLBA on the first Saturday of each month at 9 AM.  Business owners are encouraged to attend the March 28 workshop, “Perfecting the Sales Cycle,” which will be presented by Kena Fuller of the Fuller Management Corporation.    

Business topics covered throughout the 2020 workshop series included new accounting standards and practices, tax preparation, profitability, branding, and the importance of intellectual property rights.  Business owners were encouraged to attend all three of the 2020 Winter Workshop sessions, but it is not a requirement.  

The Winter Workshop also serves as a primer for those interested in the Entrepreneur Education Series (EES), an all-encompassing, back-to-the-basics learning and grant opportunity presented by DLBA in partnership with Farmers and Merchants Bank.  Please read the related article in this installment of the DLBA Newsletter for details about EES.