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City of Long Beach Launches Level Up LB: Extreme Small Business Makeover and Grant Program

The City of Long Beach has launched " Level Up LB: Extreme Small Business Makeover and Grant Program Up LB: Extreme Small Business Makeover and Grant Program," a program designed to propel small businesses towards success and sustainability. This initiative offers entrepreneurs a unique opportunity to connect with essential support resources and undergo comprehensive workshops aimed at crafting new business and marketing plans. Upon completion of the program, participants become eligible to apply for $10k grants, empowering them to expand their business capacity and enhance resilience. Application are now open through May 21.

Apply Now!

Youth@Work Worksite Interest Form

Attention Long Beach businesses and nonprofits! Take advantage of this opportunity by registering your interest in hosting local youth and adults for valuable Work Experience at no cost to your business. By completing this form, you can contribute to the growth and development of individuals while strengthening your organization.


For assistance with the form, reach out to BizCare Team at 562-570-4249 or via email at 4Biz@longbeach.gov. Let's work together to create opportunities for the next generation!

Interest Form

Technology and Innovation Department (TID 26) Community Survey and Workshops

The City of Long Beach's Technology and Innovation Department (TID) is pleased to announce the release of a community survey and workshops as part of our efforts to develop the department's short-term information technology strategic plan, which aims to build and protect our communities' trust in the City, provide the City with data for technology service improvement, and improve equitable access to technology for Long Beach's diverse communities. Survey Dates: Thurs., Apr. 18 – Fri, May 17.

Complete the Survey
Register for a Workshop

In Case You Missed It

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!

Upcoming Events and Workshops

Small Business Majority: Grow with Google: Digital Skills for Eveyday Tasks 

  • April 26, 2024, 2 pm

SCORE: Copyright and Al: What Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know 

  • April 30, 2024, 11:30 am 

SCORE: Marketing Your Business on Social Media 

  • May 1, 2024, 10:30 am 

PACE: Digital Marketing for Women-Owned Businesses: Defining Your Audience - The Power of Buyer Personas 

  • May 1, 2024, 12 pm 

SCORE: Increase Your Website Sales & Leads Using SEO 

  • May 2, 2024, 11 am

SCORE: Fund Your Business with Sponsors, Even if You're Just Starting Out 

  • May 7, 2024, 10 am

SCORE: Artificial Intelligence for Your Small Business 

  • May 8, 2024, 12:30 pm 

PACE: Content Marketing for Small Businesses: Slide Design Mastery - Techniques for Creating Persuasive Presentations 

  • May 8, 2024, 1 pm 

SCORE: Integrating Al & ChatGPT Into Your Marketing

  • May 9, 2024, 10 am

PACE: Creating Content with Canva Series: Beyond the Basics 

  • May 9, 2024, 1 pm 

SCORE: 9 Little Words to Change Your Results 

  • May 9, 2024, 5 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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