Welcome to the Economic Development Department's Business Brief! We are continuing to ensure you are updated on the latest business resources and news.


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All Ready Here Long Beach Site Selectors Conference

Get insight into the future of Long Beach’s Economy. Represent your business at All Ready Here on April 17-20, 2024. Attend the conference and have the opportunity to speak with business leaders, policy makers, and global location specialists to connect, share insights, and identify opportunities to accelerate the economic growth for the City of Long Beach.

Register Here!

City Requests Information from Food Vending Carts Manufacturers

The City of Long Beach is releasing a Request for Information (RFI) for Food Vending Carts Manufacturers. This RFI exists to better understand the market landscape for mobile food vending carts, including types of carts, pricing, and fulfillment timelines. Food cart manufacturers and vendors are encouraged to provide their information by Friday, April 19, 2024, at 1 p.m.


The information gathered will help the City prepare for the second phase of its Sidewalk to Success program, supports sidewalk vending entrepreneurs to align with the City’s recently approved Sidewalk Vending Ordinance.

Sidewalk to Success Program Webinar

The City of Long Beach is hosting a community webinar, April 12, 2024, to provide education and guidance to aspiring entrepreneurs, existing vendors and community stakeholders interested in learning more about the City’s new sidewalk vending ordinance and recently-launched Sidewalk to Success program and other supportive services.


The meeting will take place via Zoom and include a presentation followed by Q&A. Interpretation services in Spanish, Khmer and Tagalog will be available during the meeting. View all webinar dates at longbeach.gov/sidewalkvending.

Reduce Waste and Save Money with LB Reuses

LB Reuses is dedicated to reducing single-use, disposable plastic waste by encouraging businesses to join the Choose to Reuse initiative where they can save money by allowing customers to bring their own reusable cup, container, or bag to collect products! Joining the initiative is simple and offers promotion of your business through social media channels as well as the City of Long Beach LB Recycles website. If you're ready to join the dozens of LB businesses who Choose to Reuse, reach out to the coalition at LBreuses@gmail.com for a free consultation where we help you increase reuse and save money!

E-Bike Lending Library Program Now Accepting Applications

Apply now to be one of the first participants who get to enjoy this incredible opportunity. Applications will be available online at our website or in print at any Long Beach Public Library locations until April 18th, 2024. Cheers to a greener and more enjoyable way of getting around town!

Program requirements and additional info is available at lbcity.info/e-bikell.

In Case You Missed It

Accion Opportunity Fund: Fast Break for Small Businesses

Need a business boost? Fast Break for Small Business is here to help your small business thrive. Accion Opportunity Fund, LegalZoom, the NBA, WNBA, and NBA G-League have joined forces to provide entrepreneurs across the country with grants and LegalZoom services to support their small businesses.


Administered by the nonprofit Accion Opportunity Fund, the program aims to assist business owners with the tools and resources they need to start and grow their businesses – the perfect play. Applications open February 15 and close September 13, 2024.

Upcoming Events and Workshops

SBDC: Business Finance Literacy Series (Session 2 of 3)

  • April 16, 2024, 8 am

PACE: Available Grants for Business Owners

  • April 16, 2024, 1 pm

SCORE: A Basic QuickBooks Guide for Small Business Owners

  • April 16, 2024, 1 pm

SBDC: How to Sell When You're Not A Salesperson

  • April 16, 2024, 5 pm

PACE: Think Like an Entrepreneur Series: The Power of Capital - How to Fuel the Growth of Your Business

  • April 17, 2024, 10 am

SBDC: Digital Marketing Strategies for Measurable Results

  • April 17, 2024, 12 pm

PACE: Unlocking Business Value: Navigating Exit, Tax, and Key Employee Challenges for Long-Term Business Success

  • April 18, 2024, 10 am

SBDC: Turning Your Dream Into A Business

  • April 18, 2024, 1 pm

SBDC: Trademark & Copyright Explained

  • April 22, 2024, 3 pm

SBDC: Business Finance Literacy Series (Session 3 of 3)

  • April 23, 2024, 8 am

PACE: Financial Bootcamp Series: Hiring Help - Employees and 1099 Contractors

  • April 23, 2024, 10 am

PACE: Financial Bootcamp for Small Business Owners Series II: Hiring Help - Employees and 1099 Contractors

  • April 23, 2024, 10 am

SBDC: Live Q&A: All About Social Media For Your Business

  • April 24, 2024, 2 pm

Long Beach Business Journal: Session 1 – Tell Your Story

  • April 25, 2024, 10 am

SBDC: Developing An Actionable Business Plan

  • April 25, 2024, 1 pm

PACE: Creating Content with Canva Series: Dive into Design with Canva

  • April 25, 2024, 1 pm

Port of Long Beach New Office Hours for Small Businesses

The Port of Long Beach kicks off new “drop-in” office hours for small and diverse business enterprises seeking assistance with potential contracting opportunities at the Port.


The Port of Long Beach is proud to announce office hours on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for small and diverse businesses looking to explore contracting opportunities at the Port, or requesting assistance with small business enterprise or disadvantaged business enterprise opportunities. Office hours will occur at the Port of Long Beach Administration Building on the first floor, located at 415 West Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA.


BizCare Program

Visit the BizCare Pop-Ups for in-person business assistance on Thursdays at different locations throughout the city. Find the Popup's latest schedule at longbeach.gov/bizcarePop-Up services are delivered in English, Spanish, and Khmer. BizCare is available by phone, email, or in-person appointment. Call the BizCare Hotline at 562-570-4249, email 4Biz@longbeach.gov, or request assistance.

Business Insights Tool

The City of Long Beach continues to expand its innovative business resources with the launch of its Business Insights Tool, a new, free online resource for local businesses that makes big data accessible for small businesses, allowing them to benchmark performance, optimize marketing, and analyze competitors, suppliers, and underserved markets. The Business Insights tool is now available for entrepreneurs and businesses at longbeach.gov/businessinsights.

Visual Improvement Program (VIP) Grant

The Visual Improvement Program (VIP) Grant is providing direct financial relief to local small businesses and nonprofits impacted by crime and vandalism on or after 10/1/2022. Eligible businesses can receive $1,500 to cover repairs to their storefront caused by vandalism. To find more information and access the online application visit longbeach.gov/smallbizgrants.

Inclusive Business Navigators Program

The City of Long Beach launched the Inclusive Business Navigators Program to provide outreach, workshops, education, and direct technical assistance for local small businesses and nonprofits to support their economic recovery from financial hardships and disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City previously sought partners to administer the Inclusive Business Navigators Program to support equitable economic recovery for Long Beach small businesses and nonprofits. The City selected vendors including CentroCHA, UCC, April Parker, and RightSource Services to provide outreach and assistance to local businesses. More information on these vendors and assistance available can be found at longbeach.gov/biznavigators. Businesses can also access assistance through this program through the BizCare Hotline: 562.570.4249 or 4Biz@longbeach.gov.

Pacific Gateway Work Experience Program

Looking for an opportunity to make a positive impact while also benefiting your business? Consider partnering with Pacific Gateway Workforce Innovation Network, the City's workforce agency. Pacific Gateway is seeking employers who can provide work experience opportunities to individuals with limited experience.  


By hosting a temporary worker through Pacific Gateway, you'll provide meaningful work experience to shape their professional growth. Pacific Gateway will serve as the employer on record and pay the worker's wages.

For more information about the Work Experience program or additional questions, please contact Sokko Kong at Sokko.Kong@pacific-gateway.org or 562-570-3728. 

Register Today!

Commercial Corridor Façade Improvement Program

The Commercial Corridor Façade Improvement Program (CCFIP) will provide financial assistance in the form of a grant to commercial property owners to significantly improve the appearance of the entire façade of their property that is visible from the street.

Visit the program webpage for more information and eligibility requirements.

Free Digital Marketing with CSULB

Whether you are looking to create digital marketing assets for the first time or you need to level up your current efforts, CSULB is here to help your small business grow! This program will work with CSULB students enrolled in Marketing 437: Digital Marketing and Media to create customized digital marketing materials to boost your business for free. Students will assist in creating marketing material such as website creation, email marketing, and social media marketing.

Apply Here

Long Beach Public Library Digital Library

Take your business to the next level with free online courses, entrepreneurship training, and marketing tools from the Digital Library. Offering notable and distinguished resources such as Coursera, Udemy, and LinkedIn Learning, the Digital Library contains an invaluable wealth of knowledge to help business owners (and their employees) upskill and lead a successful business. The Digital Library is free for all LBPL cardholders. Sign up for a library card to access these Digital Library Resource. 

Certified Blue Restaurant Program

The Certified Blue Restaurant (CBR) program supports and recognizes the outstanding Long Beach restaurants that achieve exceptional water efficiency in our community. Interested restaurants can enroll below to receive a no-cost, on-site efficiency survey, free water-efficient devices (if eligible), and an assessment for other possible rebates. Enroll your restaurant for the Certified Blue Restaurant Program.

Are you a small business looking for new opportunities?

Every year, the Port of Long Beach needs small businesses to partner with, to build, maintain, and service the 2nd largest Port in the United States. Small businesses earn millions of dollars as primes and/or sub-contractors on Port contracts.


Small business opportunities are available for a variety of contract types, such as construction, supplies, landscaping, recycling services, technology hardware, software, and even food services. Visit the Port’s Business Opportunities Overview webpage to download a sampling of products/services procured by each Port division.


Port of Long Beach Small Business Enterprise / Very Small Business Enterprise (VSBE) Program


The main goal of the SBE/VSBE Program is to promote the participation of SBEs and VSBEs on Port contracts and procurements, via prime and subcontracting opportunities. The Port has a 27% annual department-wide goal which is achieved by setting minimum SBE and VSBE participation goals for applicable construction and professional services contracts, and bureau-wide and/or division-wide SBE/VSBE goals on applicable purchases. Learn more about the Port’s SBE/VSBE Program at polb.com/sbe.

Long Beach Procurement Platform "Long Beach Buys"

The City of Long Beach has launched Long Beach Buys, a new purchasing platform and marketplace that is free for all businesses and organizations seeking to do business with the City. Long Beach Buys is part of the City’s Extreme Procurement Makeover initiative, which aims to enhance the City’s procurement process to be more efficient, results-driven, equitable, and sustainable.

Long Beach Resource Line

Contact the City of Long Beach BizCare Hotline for Immediate Assistance:

Phone number: 562-570-4BIZ (4249)

Days: Monday - Friday

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

City staff will respond to voicemails made after business hours within 24 hours.

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