Long Beach: Supporting Early-Stage Entrepreneurs of Color

The city of Long Beach is a finalist for this year’s City Accelerator project, which is focused on helping cities build and grow their network of local businesses and entrepreneurs of color.
by The city of Long Beach | June 15, 2018 AT 10:00 AM
(97 ratings)

The city of Long Beach is a finalist for this year's City Accelerator project, which is focused on helping cities build and grow their network of local businesses and entrepreneurs of color. Cities that are chosen for the project will receive valuable support and resources from experts and peers to help them achieve their goals.

You can help select this year's City Accelerator participants! Check out the cities' pitches, and then let us know which ones you think should be a part of this important program by giving them a star rating and leaving your comments below!

You have the option to view the pitch full screen here for optimal viewing, but be sure to return to this page to give it a star rating and leave comments below!

What is Long Beach proposing?

The city of Long Beach proposes to expand access to support, capital and other resources to entrepreneurs of color so that these early-stage business owners are able to take a leadership role in the city’s economic boom. The expansion is intended to result in a culturally responsive system of support, built and sustained by a broad alignment of partners, investors, institutions and entrepreneurs.

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For a detailed description of the mission and purpose of the City Accelerator’s cohort on Local Businesses and Jobs Growth, click here.

Public response is one of several criteria being used by the City Accelerator to select cohort cities. The number of ratings or comments by themselves do not determine final status or selection.

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The City Accelerator wants your feedback. Ask a question or share your thoughts on the problem and the proposed approach - and we welcome your comment on what a solution would mean for city residents

Be part of the campaign for civic innovation at the City Accelerator, presented by Citi Foundation.

Juan Carrillo

On: 06-26-2018

The project has a great vision and strategy. It addresses an important need in the LB community.

Marley Williams

On: 06-25-2018

This is a wonderful opportunity for Long Beach to focus on economic inclusion, specifically for low to moderate income entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color. Long Beach should be a City where all can thrive and I am excited to see the City taking on this exciting work intentionally and explicitly!

Lauren

On: 06-22-2018

Wow!

Jane Conoley

On: 06-21-2018

Perfect partnership for us with the City.

Lisa

On: 06-21-2018

Long Beach is an amazing city to do business. The diversity is a draw and it embraces all types of business and culture.

ELBC

On: 06-21-2018

Great opportunity to expand and strengthen local economic inclusion initiatives!

LBjohnny

On: 06-21-2018

Go Beach! Filled with a diverse community and growing economic potential, Long Beach continues to excel in focusing on making a positive impact for city residents by bridging the gap of capital access and local diversified businesses. This opportunity only furthers a better Long Beach!

Nick V

On: 06-21-2018

#LBstrong #open4business

Phil Kalaea Jennings

On: 06-20-2018

Sweet! Go Beach!

Anonymous

On: 06-20-2018

Go beach!

Lauren D.

On: 06-20-2018

Let's support these businesses!

Esmeralda A.

On: 06-20-2018

Great program! Can't wait to see it in Long Beach!

Adam Noel

On: 06-20-2018

I love this

Hoan Le

On: 06-20-2018

go beach!

PureZhun

On: 06-20-2018

Go Beach!

Rahsi

On: 06-20-2018

Go beach

Francisco

On: 06-20-2018

A great pitch! Very inclusive and the vision is energized by the work that is already being done in the city.

V Lomeli

On: 06-20-2018

Would love to see Long Beach draw local businesses. There is so much potential for such a greater city...... Go Beach !!

Steven Chaparro

On: 06-20-2018

Go Beach! As a relatively new resident of Long Beach (4.5 years), I am excited to see how the City is rising up to the challenge to foster an economic environment for female and minority entrepreneurs. There is a strong focus on economic inclusion and diversity and being part of the City Accelerator would help to propel the City even further forward towards this goal!

Sy Jalali

On: 06-19-2018

Go Beach!

Kim Carroll

On: 06-19-2018

I think this is a brilliant idea! As an entrepreneur myself, I understand what is needed to start a business. We're in a major growth phase here in Long Beach and I would love to see more businesses starting up. It's time we started helping people get in front of the eight ball.

Michelle Engelman Berns

On: 06-19-2018

Long Beach is a city absolutely poised to benefit the most from this project. The community is starving for the unity and Support of this pitch and this program. We are primarily low to middle income, hard working families who need the spotlight of the sometime soon unbelievable challenges that face our citizenry but especially our citizens of color. While other cities listed here already have budding and ongoing support, Long Beacj, CA. has been sitting in the shadow of Los Angeles for many years, getting iverlooked. this proposal is brilliant and needs your support. Thank you so much for making this available to assist in the connectivity of our beautiful and hard working green port city.

Karen Perez

On: 06-19-2018

Awesome!

Tarasha Riles

On: 06-19-2018

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Tarasha Riles

On: 06-19-2018

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