Date: Wed, Sep 16, 2020

Business Brief from the City of Long Beach Economic Development Department. We are continuing to ensure you are updated on resources and services for businesses and the latest news. 

L.A. County Board of Supervisors Approve $10 Million Business Grant Program

  • Yesterday, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors approved a new $10 million grant program requested to help breweries and other small businesses that have remained closed or restricted by LA County health officer orders despite being allowed to open under the State’s health order.
  • Although breweries in Tier 1 counties have been allowed to open under the State’s health order if they can partner with a food service, Los Angeles County’s health officer order has kept many local breweries that do not qualify as restaurants closed for on-site service to slow the spread of the virus. 
  • The new grant program requested by Supervisor Hahn is included in a supplemental coronavirus relief fund spending plan.
  • The funding comes from Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding allocated to Los Angeles County by the federal government.
  • Small businesses that have remained closed or faced substantial operating restrictions due to health officer orders will be eligible for the grant.
  • Priority will be given to those small businesses subject to LA County health officer order restrictions that are more stringent than those required by State health officer order, such as breweries. These small businesses also include: wineries, family entertainment centers, and card rooms.
  • Information about how to apply for the grant will be forthcoming through the office of Supervisor Hahn and the LA County Development Authority.

REMINDER: City Small Business Transition and Technology (SBTT) Grants Now Available

  • The SBTT Program will provide grants to support Long Beach small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
  • Approximately $3,300,000 is available for the SBTT Grants.
  • The SBTT Program will provide Working Capital Grants up to $5,000 and Technology Grants up to $2,000.
  • Eligible uses of grant funding include, but are not limited to:
    • Working Capital Grant
      • Rent
      • Inventory
      • Payroll
      • Personal protective equipment
      • Furniture, fixtures, and equipment that help businesses safely operate
    • Technology Grant
      • Technology solutions that help business safely operate and transition to digital services and build their online presence, such as contactless payment systems, queuing systems, website development, digital marketing, and more.
  • Applicants may be eligible to receive up to $7,000 in grant funding.
  • To apply for this opportunity, please visit the SBTT Grant web page.

If a business needs immediate assistance, please have them contact the City’s Business Hotline at (562) 570-4BIZ (4249).