City Program Helps Ambitious Ales Join The NeighborhoodRelease Date: 2019-02-25
By Pierce Nahigyan
Bixby Knolls’ latest brewery, Ambitious Ales, held its grand opening on February 16. Juan Carrillo, general manager and co-owner of Ambitious Ales, told the Business Journal that the Long Beach Economic Development Department and the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA), the nonprofit group that manages the neighborhood’s business improvement district, were instrumental in making it happen. “They knew we were entrepreneurs,” Carrillo said. “Our first business, getting it to the permitting process, everything was chaotic and new to us. They made us feel very welcome.”
Eric Romero, project manager for the economic development department, met with the Ambitious Ales team early on to help them understand the various permits and licenses required for their facility. The department also assisted the entrepreneurs in obtaining a $10,000 Kiva loan to construct a patio and purchase new furniture for their tasting room. Kiva Long Beach is a 0% interest microloan platform for small businesses that matches crowd-funded dollars with money from the Los Angeles Local Initiatives Support Corporation. “The ultimate goal is to ensure that everyone who has an idea and wants to start a business in the City of Long Beach can do it successfully and hopefully stay around for a while,” Romero said.
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