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Growing Long Beach: Workshop Series Teaches Locals How To Build Their Businesses

Release Date: 0001-01-01

By Pierce Nahigyan

Now in its third year, the Entrepreneur and Small Business Education Series teaches budding entrepreneurs how to plan and obtain funding for their businesses. Offered in partnership with California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), and the Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA), a nonprofit organization focused on economic and community development in the downtown area, the workshop is a six-week course that runs from April 20 to May 25.

While the DLBA offers standalone classes on marketing and business assistance throughout the year, the education series is an in-depth program that builds on each of its lessons to help participants craft a complete business plan, DLBA Research and Policy Manager Austin Metoyer said. Courses are taught by CSULB faculty members and get into the nuts and bolts of business strategy as well as where to find seed money and microloans. In the sixth week, graduates pitch their plans for a chance to earn grant money or other awards, such as additional office space, Metoyer explained.

Read more in the Long Beach Business Journal