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Long Beach Pledge Guaranteed Income Pilot Program to Expand with Second Cohort

This January, the City of Long Beach will open applications to expand its guaranteed income pilot program, known as the Long Beach Pledge, to include a second cohort of 200 additionally funded households. This expansion will be available to Long Beach households with children living under the federal poverty level in 90802, 90804, 90805,90806, and 90810 zip codes. Those selected for the Long Beach Pledge will receive $500 a month for 12 months.


The online application for the second cohort will be available in early January at longbeachpledge.org/apply and will be available in English, Spanish, Khmer and Tagalog. Applicants without computer or smartphone access may visit a public computer lab at any open Long Beach Public Library location and can receive computer assistance from Library staff at the Family Learning Centers at Billy Jean King Main Library and Michelle Obama Library. Selected applicants will be notified in early 2024 and payments are anticipated to begin in spring 2024.

Families that are not eligible can find out about other available resources through the Resource Line by calling 562.570.4246.

Inclusive Business Navigators RFQ

The City of Long Beach (City), Department of Economic Development, is seeking qualified organizations to deliver support services including workshops, technical assistance, and business coaching/advising, that support businesses’ and nonprofits’ continued recovery from the financial hardship and disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The City is interested in partnering with organizations that can provide Outreach and Education and Technical Assistance.

This request for qualifications is open now through February 1, 2024. An info session will be held via Zoom on December 12, 2023 at 2pm.

View the RFQ

Shop Long Beach Holiday Giveaway

The City of Long Beach is offering $100 to celebrate small businesses when you enter the Shop Long Beach Holiday Giveaway! Receive $50 right away, then $50 when a friend joins. They can also get $100 to shop local!


Open to most locally owned, independent merchants throughout Long Beach, Shop LB is now a citywide program with participation from over 100 Long Beach businesses ranging from retail shops, eateries, wellness, services, and more. Shop LB provides the opportunity for customers to earn valuable rewards and incentives simply by supporting their favorite small businesses. By shopping at local businesses, customers can accumulate reward points that can be spent like cash at a wide range of establishments throughout the city.  To learn more, visit shoplb.org.

Climate and Disaster Resilience Grant Trainings

Philanthropy California is partnering with Gary Bess Associates to deliver in-person and virtual grant application and technical assistance trainings to community-based nonprofit organizations that have traditionally been left out of funding processes. This series will help nonprofits and CBOs leverage private and public funding for equitable climate and disaster resilience and partner with government and foundations more effectively.

The virtual grant trainings will launch in late January 2024. Then, starting in March 2024, eight in-person workshops will be held in regions across the state to allow participants to delve deeper into the components of funding proposals. Organizations led by and/or that serve Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color are encouraged to register for the technical grant trainings, including organizations serving underrepresented California regions and Tribes that intend to apply for the LISTOS California grant. 

Additionally, GBA will soon launch a complete website to house all grant-related activities, including updates, events, resources, and more at climatecapacity.philanthropycalifornia.org. Until then, funders and grantees can join the mailing list to keep up-to-date and get notified when registration opens for the 2024 events. 

Verizon Small Business Digital Ready Grant Program

The Verizon Small Business Digital Grant Program is offering $10,000 to small businesses that join the free Verizon Small Business Digital Ready portal. To access the grant application, you must have an account on Verizon Small Business Digital Ready and complete any combination of two courses, coaching events, and virtual community events (e.g., one course and one coaching event, one course and one virtual community event, two courses, or two events) between July 1, 2023, and December 20, 2023, and submit a grant application by December 20, 2023.


Joining Small Business Digital Ready is free. Small business owners can find free courses, mentorship and networking opportunities.

Upcoming Events and Workshops

LAEDC: Quarterly Economic Briefing 

  • December 11, 2023, 11am 

SBDC: Trademark & Copyright Explained 

  • December 11, 2023, 12pm 

PACE: Master Business Financing and Lending Strategies 

  • December 12, 2023, 10am 

SCORE: The #1 Way to Get More Clients & Grow a Business in Today’s Market 

  • December 12,2023, 1pm


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

  • December 12, 2023, 5pm

PACE: Marketing in a Digital World – How to get noticed and build community online 

  • December 13, 2023, 10am 

SBDC: Developing An Actionable Business Plan 

  • December 13, 2023, 1pm 

Small Business Majority: Navigating Open Enrollment: Your Small Business Health Insurance Roadmap 

  • December 14, 2023, 10am 

PACE: Available Grants for Business Owners 

  • December 19, 2023, 1pm 

SCORE: Shark Tank Entrepreneurs Share Their Experience - How to Bring Your Product to Market 

  • December 19, 2023, 1pm 

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.


City Launches Innovative Business Insights Tool to Support Long Beach Small Businesses

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

“We faced an unfortunate incident where rocks were thrown at our establishment, shattering our windows. The cost of repairing windows can be quite expensive. However, thanks to the grant funding we received, we were able to cover the expenses of the window repairs, as well as invest in our products and serve our valued customers.” Heather Day, owner of Pixie Toys – Children Toy Store.

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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