PRESS RELEASE

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

11/18/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 111820
Subject:
City Launches New Long Beach BizCare Program to Support Small Businesses Impacted by Pandemic
Mobile Support Pop-Ups Connect Businesses With Resources
Contact:
Eric Romero
Project Manager
562.570.6705
Eric.Romero@longbeach.gov




Long Beach, CA - Today, via livestream, the City unveiled a new program, Long Beach BizCare, that will support small businesses from across the city which have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The City is committed to supporting our small businesses and groups that have been impacted most by the pandemic,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “BizCare takes City Hall resources out into our most impacted communities to provide much-needed assistance during this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis.”

BizCare mobile pop-ups are available to all Long Beach small businesses and are focused on businesses in communities that have been most impacted by the pandemic. The pop-ups provide business owners or their representatives 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 currently taking place through Dec. 30, as follows:

  • Mondays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Admiral Kidd Park (2125 Santa Fe Ave.)
  • Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Admiral Kidd Park; 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; Mark Twain Neighborhood Library (1401 E. Anaheim St.)
  • Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mark Twain Neighborhood Library
    • Pop-ups at this location will begin on Dec. 2 

BizCare pop-ups are equipped with PPE, laptops, wireless internet devices, printers and scanners to assist business owners with applying for COVID-19 grants. The pop-ups are held outdoors and safety protocols are in place.

The City will also be partnering with community-based organizations to help with additional business outreach and education for businesses impacted by the pandemic. To learn more about Long Beach BizCare and for more information about business assistance and resources, go to the Business Support webpage or contact the City’s Business Hotline at 562.570.4BIZ (4249). 

In July 2020, the Long Beach City Council approved a spending plan for the City’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds, which allocates funding for business recovery and resiliency efforts, including the BizCare mobile pop-ups.

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.

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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