LBCC's SBDC Partners with Kimco Realty Corporation for Startup Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs
Kimco Realty Corporation and the Long Beach City College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are partnering to produce a three-day entrepreneurship training program for startup entrepreneurs and first-time business owners to help them develop a strong growth plan.
“The StartUp Bootcamp is open to any small business owner who is interested in developing a better business plan and learning more about operating their own retail store or restaurant,“ said Mike Daniel, Director of the Long Beach City College SBDC. “Up to 30 people will be able to participate in the program this fall, and we hope that they will use their business plan to advance their companies - whether by applying to the KEYS program or for their own internal use.”
Recently, Kimco launched the Kimco Entrepreneurs Year Start (KEYS) program, an innovative incubator program for entrepreneurs seeking to launch their first retail venture, service operation or restaurant. Interested KEYS applicants will need to submit a written business plan with specific goals and objectives and demonstrate adequate funding for their venture and participate in a formal interview. Accepted participants will be placed into Kimco shopping centers with one year of free rent and additional benefits.
“As a strong supporter of new business entrepreneurs, we are very excited to be partnering with Long Beach City College California SBDC on this initiative and believe that the Kimco KEYS program provides a valued service needed to kick-start your business,” said Conor Flynn, Kimco’s Western Region president. He continued, “The intent of KEYS is to build partnerships with entrepreneurs that have proven their desire and passion for their business model, but need some additional resources to prepare them for launch. The KEYS program can provide you, the entrepreneur, with those tools, and it’s our desire to ensure you are set up for success”
For more information on KEYS, or to download an application, please visit www.KimcoKeys.com.
About Long Beach City College SBDC
Since January 1, 2006, Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) has been the host for the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network servicing the Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara communities. The SBDC program is the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) most extensive economic development program, helping small businesses create jobs and strengthen local economies. LBCCD as the Lead Center holds the contract with the SBA and contracts with a diverse group of six educational and community development organizations to deliver services to small businesses.
Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y., that owns and operates North America’s largest portfolio of neighborhood and community shopping centers. As of June 30, 2012, the company owned interests in 926 shopping centers comprising 136 million square feet of leasable space across 44 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and South America. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years. For further information, please visit www.kimcorealty.com, the company’s blog at blog.kimcorealty.com, or follow Kimco on Twitter at twitter.com/kimcorealty.