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Forecast ‘Still Upbeat’

“Still upbeat” is the phrase of choice for small business optimism levels in 2018, according to the Long Beach Small Business Expectations Index published annually by California State University, Long Beach.

“Our Small Business Expectations Index today is 65, (which is) virtually the same as last year, and well above 50 points (indicating positive expectations for small business),” according to researchers. “General feelings about the direction of the Long Beach economy are only slightly lower today with most small business owners feeling the local economy will continue to improve or remain good in 2018.”

The results were based on surveys of 300 small business people selected at random — and representing companies with 50 or fewer employees. Professionally trained interviewers, led by CSULB professor Scott Flexo, contacted those chosen to receive calls for the survey.

CSULB has conducted the survey for the past six years.

For more details about the survey results, including sales and profit expectations, anticipated spending on new equipment, plans for hiring new employees, and advertising trends, visit http://web.csulb.edu/colleges/cba/documents/lbsbm/2018_Q1_LBSmallBusinessMonitor.pdf.

Super Doctors Named

More than 100 physicians at MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center, MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital and MemorialCare Community Medical Center are being recognized among the best in their fields.

The 2018 Southern California Super Doctors report, which honors the top 5% of active doctors in Los Angeles and Orange counties, is based on peer recognition and professional achievements, including physician surveys.

“Our physicians are continuously recognized for their outstanding work, medical breakthroughs and quality care that they provide for our patients,” according to Graham Tse, associate chief medical officer at Miller. “Our patients are our priority, the Super Doctor’s Report reaffirms that they are under the care of the best team of doctors in the area.”

For a list of the doctors and their specialties, visit www.millerchildrenshospitallb.org or go to www.superdoctors.com.

Subs Help Cause

Buying a sandwich at Jersey Mike’s will be especially good on the company’s Day of Giving, Wednesday, March 28.

Local Jersey Mike’s restaurants will be giving 100% of the day’s sales to the charities City of Hope, a comprehensive cancer center, and Operation Gratitude, which sends care packages to military personnel.

“I would like to extend a personal invitation to you and your family to visit Jersey Mike’s,” company founder and CEO Peter Cancro said. “Especially on Day of Giving, when every penny will support neighborhood needs.”

There are Jersey Mike’s fast-casual sub sandwich franchise locations in Long Beach at 1831 Ximeno Ave.; 3821 N. Lakewood Blvd.; 4260 Long Beach Blvd.; and 141 E. Willow St.

The company, founded in 1956, has more than 1,500 stores open or under development nationwide. For details, visit www.JerseyMikes.com.

Cargo Numbers

February’s cargo traffic at the Port of Long Beach reached a historic high, officials report.

During the month, 661,790 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs are the standard cargo measurement) moved through the port, representing a 32.8% increase compared to the same month last year.

It was the first time Long Beach terminals have handled more than 600,000 containers in one month.

“A month like this is now the new normal,” POLB Executive Director Mario Cordero said. “We expect a lull in March as East Asian nations celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday, and then rebound in April. We’ve very happy with our busy start to 2018.”

For the latest cargo numbers, visit www.polb.com/stats.

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