City Launches BizCare Program to Support Small Businesses Impacted by Pandemic
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.
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