City of Long Beach
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Long Beach, CA 90802
Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is seeking proposals for nonprofit and for-profit organizations to deliver vital services for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including business outreach and education, business assistance and marketing support and small business consulting. Eligible organizations are encouraged to apply through the City of Long Beach’s Vendor Portal, PlanetBids, by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25.
“Small businesses are the foundation of our local economy,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The City is committed to continuing our support of local businesses as we all work towards recovery.”
Business Outreach and Education
The City is seeking up to four non-profit organizations to help reach a diverse spectrum of small business operators to ensure that they are aware of and apply for the Small Business Transition and Technology (SBTT) Program and other financial assistance programs.
Organizations must demonstrate the ability to provide culturally appropriate business outreach and education services and should have a history of supporting diverse Long Beach business operators. Organizations will be expected to deliver the following:
The selected organizations will be awarded up to $25,000 each in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for business outreach and education services.
Business Assistance and Marketing/Promotion
The City seeks to contract with up to eight business-supporting non-profit organizations to deliver marketing and promotion services to help businesses impacted by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Services will include the following:
The selected organizations will be awarded up to $25,000 each in CARES Act funding for providing business assistance and marketing promotion services.
Small Business Consulting
The City is seeking the services of up to three small business consultants that will be tasked with helping businesses select and implement technology solutions that reduce the spread of COVID-19 and improve online presence. Specific services for small business consulting include the following:
The selected organizations will be awarded up to $30,000 each in CARES Act funding for providing business consulting services.
The City received $40 million in CARES Act funding to support relief and community recovery and resiliency. Last month, the Long Beach City Council allocated CARES Act funds to support a number of important community activities and programs, including funding for business recovery and resiliency efforts.
The City continues to develop strategies to support segments of the community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and will release additional requests for proposals funded by CARES Act dollars to further those efforts.
Additional details related to scope areas, eligibility requirements and submission instructions are available at PlanetBids. 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.
For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep its residents safe, visit longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.