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‘I was not prepared for that:’ Fire at Men’s Suit Outlet destroys businesses, livelihoods

When hairstylist Mechelle Hooper returned from a weekend trip to Las Vegas Sunday night, she was shocked to see the images of violent protests...

Vandalized? Steps to take right now to prepare for an insurance claim

Businesses across the city have been devastated by the looting that accompanied otherwise peaceful protests Sunday night. On Monday, Brad Pollak, director of the Small...
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Advances in radiation oncology improve outcomes for cancer patients

(SPONSORED BY MEMORIALCARE) Advances in technology have played a vital role in improving long-term outcomes for cancer patients. More than ever, radiation oncologists have more...

‘It really starts to hurt’: Small businesses reckon with aftermath of lockdown, looting

Just a few days ago, many Long Beach businesses rejoiced: After over two months of lockdown orders, they were finally allowed to reopen with...

Is summer canceled? Local organizations navigate the COVID-19 fallout

Local summer programs, often crucial for families where both parents work, are being canceled or forced to reduce capacity due to strict health and...

Long Beach couple launches fundraiser to help feed those in need during pandemic

Mike and Tracy Murchison have partnered with Meals on Wheels of Long Beach and the Long Beach Education Foundation to create the "Long Beach...

Long Beach unemployment hits highest level in city’s history

Unemployment in Long Beach reached 20.6% in mid-April, with more recent job losses expected to bring that total to more than 25% in May,...
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Microweddings, elopements, backyard shindigs: getting married in a pandemic

Gerson and Brittany Lazo had always planned for an understated wedding. “It was something we wanted anyways, something quick and small,” Brittany Lazo, the...

Restaurateurs can’t compete with high unemployment benefits, making rehiring the industry’s latest challenge

Some laid-off employees are declining offers from restaurateurs to return to work because they’re making more money on unemployment thanks to an extra $600...
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Small retail businesses should reopen with proper safety measures, assemblyman says

Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach, on Friday called on Gov. Gavin Newsom and local health departments to allow small retail businesses to open with...

Long Beach tenants could get up to a year to pay back missed rent

The Long Beach City Council on Tuesday is scheduled to vote on a coronavirus proposal that would have wide-reaching consequences for tenants and landlords...

A ‘Darwinian moment’ for Long Beach retailers struggling to reopen

Life has slowly returned to 2nd Street: Signs advertising cold pressed juices, mixed drinks to-go and backstocked hand sanitizer dot the sidewalk. Shoppers in...
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Long Beach hospitals participate in plasma treatment trial for COVID-19 patients

Two Long Beach hospitals are among more than 2,000 hospitals nationwide participating in a study to test whether transferring plasma from patients who have...

Trade volumes continue to fall in Long Beach and across the state

Dockworkers and terminal operators at the Port of Long Beach moved nearly 520,000 shipping containers during April, a more than 17% decrease from the...
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‘Many of us have run out of money:’ With reopening months away, the beauty...

Of the many signs waved at recent demonstrations to reopen businesses in California and other states, “I need a haircut” was among the most...

Delta temporarily suspends flights to Long Beach Airport

Starting next Wednesday, Delta Air Lines will temporarily suspend flights to 10 airports nationwide, including Long Beach, until September.  The announcement comes just two weeks...

Queen Mary operator owes cities hundreds of thousands in unpaid taxes; has not complied...

Urban Commons, the operator of the Queen Mary, owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid occupancy taxes to Long Beach and other cities,...

Hospitals weren’t overrun by COVID-19, but now they face a new challenge: the budget

After unprecedented preparations—including filling the Long Beach Arena with cots and welcoming a 1,000-bed floating medical center off the coast—Long Beach hospitals have yet...

Local office markets brace for looming impacts of ‘totally unique’ coronavirus situation

Becky Blair has been a broker in the Long Beach real estate business for nearly 40 years. As the coronavirus pandemic has developed, the...
Victor Beauchamp, owner of the Hotel Royal in Downtown Long Beach

‘More than a paycheck:’ For independent hoteliers, survival is about family, identity

In its nearly 100 years in business, the Hotel Royal has weathered many storms. The 1933 earthquake, the Great Recession and now, a global...

City calls committee meeting to discuss economic recovery

The Long Beach Economic Development and Finance Committee will convene a special hearing on Thursday afternoon to discuss the city’s economic recovery from the...
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VIDEO: Helping small business owners cope with the pandemic’s mental health toll

Dr. David Godot, a psychologist whose Bixby Knolls practice offers a weekly support group for small business owners to process the impact of the...

Forget backyards and greenhouses: Can cannabis grow in a pandemic?

The cannabis industry is booming. But high times for some don’t mean high times for all. Well-established dispensaries, distributors and manufacturers in the legalized cannabis...

Long Beach stops drilling wells, expects budget shortfall amid worldwide oil collapse

Demand for crude oil has been greatly reduced due to COVID-19, as gasoline usage has declined amid continuing stay-at-home orders. Crude oil production far...

New Community Development Corporation Allocates $250,000 to pandemic response

The newly formed Long Beach Center for Economic Inclusion is allocating $250,000 to programs focused on food security, digital inclusion, small business support and...

‘Don’t give up,’ advocates urge businesses

At a time when businesses have had to shutter to comply with social distancing requirements, federal loans have provided relief for many whose revenues...
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California slammed by unemployment claims, reaching highest point since 2016

As the economy nationwide continues to be battered by the fallout from shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic, California’s unemployment has now reached its highest...

Local business relief programs become critical as federal funds waver

As federal loan programs exhaust resources and politicians squabble over additional funding, businesses and nonprofits nationwide continue to struggle, making local relief programs even...

New county fund for small businesses, nonprofits halts applications due to high demand

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday adopted a motion establishing the LA County COVID-19 Relief Fund to assist small businesses and...

‘I can’t run away from it.’ In isolation, mental health is more important than...

Since being forced to stay at home by the coronavirus pandemic, Sherry said she’s been thinking about death more than ever before.   “Everything's compounded. It...

Long Beach Airport to receive $18 million in federal aid

Staying at home to stop COVID-19 means traveling less, something Long Beach Airport has experienced first-hand.    With passenger numbers down 92% in March, compared to...
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Insurance Commissioner orders relief on premiums as more Californians stay home

With Californians ordered to stay at home, the freeways have been pretty free – of cars that is. Accidents are down as a result...
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Masks, gloves, physical barriers: laying down the law for essential businesses

Meet the new face of commerce. By next week, employees at businesses across Long Beach–from grocery stores to auto shops–will be donning a variety of...

Community Hospital to open in phases, accept some coronavirus patients

When it reopens, Community Hospital Long Beach may accept COVID-19 positive patients, which may include nursing home patients, officials said.    The development is a departure...
Port of Long Beach

Coronavirus slows down trade, FMC forms teams to tackle supply chain issues

Seaports across the nation are suffering at the hands of the coronavirus and the Port of Long Beach is no exception. In March, the...

As passenger numbers crater, JetBlue slashes flights in Long Beach, L.A.

With current travel demand reminiscent of the early post-9/11 era, JetBlue announced a consolidation plan Wednesday that will drastically reduce flights in the Los...

Resources for businesses affected by the coronavirus closures 

Mandated closures, event cancellations and customers staying home to practice social distancing have made it harder for businesses to stay in business during the...
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‘This virus doesn’t have borders:’ Port official warns of pandemic’s future economic impact

Just two months after the U.S. and China signed a trade deal aimed at reducing tensions that severely impacted business at the Port of...

New community development corporation shifts focus to coronavirus response

Less than a month after its first board meeting, a newly-created community development corporation will shift its focus to supporting businesses struggling in the...
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Grooming businesses struggle in times of social distancing

Long Beach secures contract for new major convention amidst crisis

Are hospitals prepared for an influx of coronavirus patients?

Coronavirus: Landlords look to the feds for help

Mitra Rogers

‘Not your grandpa’s chamber:’ New chair-elect vows to bring change to LB Chamber of...

Mitra Rogers is no stranger to the boardroom.  The new chair-elect of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has served on the board of...
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We are in the midst of an extraordinary crisis

This was supposed to be a very different edition of the Long Beach Business Journal. Our plan was to feature aspects of the event...

Portside: Keeping up with the Port of Long Beach

For nearly half a century, Socorro Gallardo has worked in the maintenance division for the Port of Long Beach. “I’ve been a mechanic all...

News in Brief

Cargo declines at Port of Long Beach for second straight month Cargo volumes at the Port of Long Beach declined for the second straight month...

LBCC president fired as feud with board members spills into public

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KLBP opens new studio, providing ‘soapbox for whoever needs it’

As Rose Lozon traipses around Long Beach Public Radio’s (KLBP) new and first ever brick and mortar location, she walks with newfound purpose. Less than...

‘One big unit of weird:’ Dark Art Emporium moves to larger, darker, pizza-er location

Tucked toward the back hall of pizza joint The 4th Horseman is a new entryway into one of Long Beach’s most distinct art spaces:...
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Who can be tested for the coronavirus in Long Beach? Not everyone

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Coronavirus and new independent contractor law deliver one-two punch to event industry

It’s been a tough few months for event organizers in California. Earlier this year, several festivals, including the Lake Tahoe Jazz Festival and the Northern...
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Coronavirus is changing daily life in Long Beach

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Continuing safe business operations in the wake of coronavirus

With a constant flow of reports and updates from local, state and federal agencies regarding the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, public concern continues to grow....
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Park Estates home sparkles after $1 million in upgrades

Assemblyman honors 2020 Women of Distinction

Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach, will honor 19 women during his annual 70th District Women of Distinction event. Originally scheduled for March 13, the...
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Podcast: Is Your Business Prepared For COVID-19?

A new coronavirus, COVID-19, has dominated the headlines in recent weeks. With new cases reported across the nation and in the state of California,...
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Portside: Keeping up with the Port of Long Beach

Every project undertaken by the Port of Long Beach has a traffic element. From signage to road detours, port Senior Traffic Engineer Rajeev Seetharam...
LBUSD Superintendent Chris Steinhauser

Chris Steinhauser to leave district, but not public education

Chris Steinhauser doesn’t care about records. The outgoing superintendent of the Long Beach Unified School District recently announced his retirement, just a few months...
Carson City Manager Sharon Landers

Carson aims to fix, modernize, grow

Located just across the 405 and 710 freeways from Long Beach, the city of Carson shares many characteristics with its larger neighbor.  For one, the...
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Long Beach Airport wants to make flying fun again

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