©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster’s Statement on the President’s Nomination of John Bryson as Commerce Secretary

“I know personally of John Bryson’s strong leadership ability when we were both at Edison during the energy crisis. His leadership, in combination with his many years in business, his expertise in energy issues and strong sense of social responsibility makes him an ideal candidate for Commerce Secretary.”

Mayor Foster served as Senior Vice President at Edison International when John Bryon served as Chairman and CEO. 

©2010 Bob Foster
Small Business Enterprise Expands Into Citywide Program

Last night the City Council  unanimously voted to expand the Small Business Enterprise (SBE) pilot program that Mayor Foster introduced into a citywide program.   The SBE program is an effort to increase small business participation, especially those located in Long Beach, in the City’s bidding process.   

During the pilot program, the City of Long Beach awarded more than $10 million to small businesses.  More than 1,400 small businesses are now registered in the City’s database and receive notices when bids go out.  Small businesses can continue to register by visiting www.longbeach.gov/purchasing.

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Speaks with Small Business Owners at LBCC



Participants are all part of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative.

Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster met with a dozen small business owners on Tuesday morning to discuss today’s challenges of being an entrepreneur and ways the City of Long Beach can continue to be a facilitator for small businesses.

“During challenging economic times, small businesses are the engine of job growth,” said Mayor Foster. “Yesterday’s breakfast meeting was a great way for Long Beach to hear how we can assist our local small businesses.”

Samitha Givens of Kidz "R" Us Community Child Care Center Inc. (left) and Janine Brown of Temporary Employee & Management Placement Services, Inc. (right)

All 13 of the participants were either Long Beach residents or owned a Long Beach business and have participated in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative.

Topics of discussion included the Business Improvement Districts’ mandatory fees, pension reform, local bidding, the City’s current RFP process, local preference, the state of Enterprise Zones, the Small Business Enterprise program in Long Beach, and ways that small businesses could compete in larger contracts.

Gerry De Los Santos of Francisco Santos Construction

The third class of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative is currently being selected and will begin in early July. Small business owners interested in participating in a future class should contact Long Beach City College at 562-938-5054 or visit www.lbcc.edu/10000smallbusiness.

Larry Reinhard (Maverick Supply Inc.), Lou Anne Bynum (LBCC Vice President, Economic and Resource Development), Mayor Foster, Randall Kemner (The Wine Country), Miguel Guajardo (El Camino Construction & Engineering Co.), Charles Key (Able Glass Services) and Vivian Shimoyama (LBCC, 10,000 Small Businesses initiative).

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