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New And Existing Downtown Businesses Supported By A Variety Of Local Programs

Release Date: 2018-12-17

By: Pierce Nahigyan

For entrepreneurs looking to set up shop or invest in Downtown Long Beach, there are a number of assistance programs at their disposal. This includes city resources, as well as those provided by the nonprofit Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA) and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by Long Beach City College.

On the municipal side, many programs now available to businesses and investors are a result of the Long Beach Economic Development Blueprint adopted in 2017. The blueprint outlines a 10-year strategy to engage and enhance Long Beach’s commercial ecosystem. John Keisler, director of economic and property development for the city, summed up his department’s mission like so: “Really, our job is to help people make more money.”

Established in collaboration with city staff and the Long Beach Economic Development Commission, the blueprint identifies three types of earners: workers, business owners and investors. Goals are set by the city for each of these earner types:

for workers, providing “more fulfilling, higher-wage job opportunities”;
for investors, creating a “can do” economic climate that fosters healthy competition;
for entrepreneurs, cultivating “an innovative ecosystem that lays a foundation for success from business start up to growth.”

Read more on the Long Beach Business Journal