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About John Grossi
I am born and raised in Long Beach having attended Minnie Gant Elementary, Stanford Middle School, and Wilson High School where I was a Valedictorian. After one year attending the honors College at University Pittsburgh I moved back home to start this magazine in 2011.
I attended LBCC for a year, and finally graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a major in English and a minor in Math all while growing Long Beach 908.
I have worked hard my entire life at schools and sports but my true passion has always been small business. As I've grown up and dipped my feet into many endeavors, I've always sensed an intrinsic "goodness" in people following their own passion. I believe with all my heart that the more entrepreneurs in a community, the more attractive it is. Small businesses are diverse, accountable, and driven to help their customer..otherwise they will fail.
I take great pride in offering my work ethic toward something I believe in. I think I offer a unique set of knowledge, passion, and experience in combining a love for my city and a passion for helping local business owners.
From a writing standpoint I think I bring an important voice to the Long Beach media that is often missing. I'm the guy who just straight up lives here..probably a lot like you.
I grew up playing sports here, attending camps, my family is here. My hobbies match the landscape. I drink here, I exercise here, I know a few thousand people that I've crossed paths with through the years, and I know what the people in East Long Beach actually care about.
I may not have ever gone to journalism school or anything like that, but I've attended one hell of a lot of backyard bbq's, restaurants, bars, events, and everything else that the "real" Long Beach resident does.
I'm excited to produce print magazines, online content, and any other marketing project you or your business wants help with! I'm far from perfect, I make mistakes from time to time, and I speak my mind, but the one thing I definitely am is real. And I try to stay positive and give some great insight to life here! Hope you enjoy everything we're doing!
Life is Great in the 908!