DLBA Offers Free Financing Workshops for Small Businesses

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dlba-sqOn Thursday, January 17, the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) will host three free informational workshops that are designed to connect small businesses to available financing. A panel of experts from the Valley Economic Development Corporation (VEDC) and Citi Community Development (CCD) will be present to discuss and explain the various financing options and the respective application processes.

These workshops are the latest component of the Capital Connections program, which the DLBA recently launched in partnership with the California Downtown Association (CDA) and CCD. Designed to target businesses in Downtown Long Beach with gross revenues of $1 million or less, this initiative aims to provide access to critical financial opportunities traditionally unavailable to small businesses by connecting them to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), such as VEDC.

“We’ve developed these workshops as a resource to help promote detailed information that small businesses can use to succeed,” said DLBA President & CEO Kraig Kojian. “Small businesses are a key economic driver and the backbone of our Downtown, and the DLBA is always identifying ways to extend new programs and opportunities, such as our Capital Connections workshops, that are designed to help businesses grow.”

The Downtown Long Beach Associates free informational workshops are Thursday, January 17, 2013.

  • Session 1: 9 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Session 2: 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Session 3: 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Small businesses are welcome to attend any of these 90-minute workshops. Attendees should RSVP to Tyler Kim via tylerk@dlba.org or 562-436-4259.

The workshops will be hela at the Small Business Development Center 309 Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802. Two-hour free parking is available at the CityPlace parking structure, located at 151 East 5th Street.

The DLBA’s Economic Development services encompass a wide-range of programs including one-on-one business counseling, grand opening promotion and organization, marketing promotions, and more. For more information about the DLBA, and its businesses assistance programs, please call (562) 436-4259 or visit www.downtownlongbeach.org.

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About the DLBA: The Downtown Long Beach Associates is a non-profit organization operating on behalf of the property owners and tenants of the Business Improvement District. It is dedicated to the management, marketing, security, maintenance, advocacy, and economic and community development of the assessment districts in cooperation with the City of Long Beach and the private sector. For additional information, please see www.downtownlongbeach.org.

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