PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

6/24/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 062421
Subject:
City of Long Beach Announces New BizCare Outreach Team
Contact:
Eric Romero
Business Development Officer
562.570.6705
Eric.Romero@longbeach.gov




Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach Department of Economic Development has expanded its BizCare Program to include a new BizCare Outreach Team. The team, comprised of City staff, will be focused on helping small businesses located in low-to-moderate income areas of the city learn about and benefit from small business grants, loans, technical assistance and other resources.

“Small businesses are the foundation of our economy and the city remains committed to supporting them,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The BizCare Program and Outreach Team will continue to be a great resource for providing much-needed assistance for businesses impacted by the pandemic.”

The Long Beach BizCare Program was launched in November 2020 to support small businesses citywide that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program began with the creation of the BizCare Hotline 562.570.4BIZ (4249), which provides information to small businesses about various programs and resources, health order guidelines and relevant City policies. The program later added BizCare pop-ups that are available to all Long Beach small businesses and are focused on supporting businesses in communities that have been most impacted by the pandemic. The pop-ups provide business owners with free one-on-one, in-person support to complete grant applications and learn about other business and community resources, such as loans and free technical assistance. Multilingual translation services are available on-site at each of the pop-ups. 

The BizCare pop-ups are located in various areas throughout the city as follows:

  • Mondays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Admiral Kidd Park, 2125 Santa Fe Ave.
  • Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, 5870 Atlantic Ave.
  • Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library
  • Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mark Twain Neighborhood Library, 1401 E. Anaheim St.

In March 2021, the Long Beach City Council approved the Long Beach Recovery Act, which includes several small business and non-profit grant programs. The BizCare Outreach Team will help people learn about and apply for all of the various programs to maximize the equitable distribution of resources.

The BizCare Program has served more than 570 customers at pop-ups, addressed over 5,200 calls, replied to more than 660 email inquiries and completed direct outreach to over 84 businesses to date.

To learn more about Long Beach BizCare and for more information about businesses assistance and resources, go to Business Support webpage, contact the City’s business Hotline at 562.570.4BIZ, or email 4biz@longbeach.gov.

For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep our residents safe, visit longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. People may also visit longbeach.gov/COVID19data for up to date information regarding cases and vaccines.

About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths and a Bike Share program.

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About the Department of Economic Development
The Economic Development Department's mission is to create economic opportunities for workers, investors, and entrepreneurs. Our staff, along with partners across the City, offer services to create a vibrant, resilient, and inclusive economic ecosystem. The Department continuously works to implement the recommendations of the 10-year Blueprint for Economic Development. This comprehensive plan provides policy recommendations and will further Long Beach as an innovative ecosystem that lays a foundation for entrepreneurial success from business start-up to growth. The Department consists of three bureaus: Workforce Development, Business Development, and Property Development bureaus, with seven divisions located in four work sites across two cities.

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