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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 business 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.

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.

Los Angeles County Childcare Provider

Recovery Grant

The Childcare Provider Recovery (CPR) Grant Program was created to assist childcare facilities impacted by the pandemic to continue operations or reopen their facilities, whether they are home-based or centers. Grant award amounts vary from $15,000 to $80,000 depending on the type of facility and license.

To view the full requirements and apply for the program, you can visit the CPR Grant webpage. Applications for this grant will close on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 11:59 PM PST.

Ascend Los Angeles 2023 Grant Application Closing Today

The Ascend LA 2023 program will begin in March 2023, and will include management education sessions delivered online on Saturday mornings led by professors from Loyola Marymount University College of Business Administration, and strategy sessions led by the award-winning business development team CMG Alliance. Participants will also receive: 

  • 10 hours of 1 -on-1 advising services with our business navigators 
  • 4 procurement strategy sessions  
  • 12 management education sessions 
  • Networking opportunities with public contracting agencies, prime contractors, and lenders

Applications are due February 17 at 11:59pm PST. To learn more, visit the application website.

In Case You Missed It

Visual Improvement Grants Coming Soon for Small Businesses Impacted by Crime and Vandalism 

The City of Long Beach announced the availability of grant funds through the Visual Improvement Program Grant, which will support local businesses impacted by crime and vandalism on or after Oct. 1, 2022. This program aims to ease the burden of property crimes and vandalism for small businesses throughout the city, with property crimes as a whole increasing from 2021 to 2022. A total of $350,000 will be available, repurposed from Long Beach Recovery Act funds.

Applications will open on Feb. 22, with more information and online application available at longbeach.gov/smallbizgrants. Applications will remain open until funding is exhausted. Grant awards will be issued on a rolling basis to eligible applicants. VIP Grant activities will be tracked through, reported on, and communicated via the Long Beach Recovery Act website. For more information, visit the Long Beach Recovery Act website at longbeach.gov/recovery/reporting-data/.

LA County Economic Opportunity Grant Program

LA County’s Department of Economic Opportunity offers more than $54 million in grants to the business and nonprofit community. Potential grantees may be awarded between $2,500 and $25,000 with Phase 1 starting on January 25, 2023, initially targeting microbusinesses with less than $50,000 in annual gross revenue.

Grants for small businesses and nonprofits will be available in Phase 2, opening in late February 2023. Microbusinesses may apply now!

Upcoming Events and Workshops

Right Source Services: Introduction to Corporate and Government Procurement

  • February 21, 2023, 11am

Right Source Services: Marketing to Corporate and Government entities

  • February 28, 2023, 11am

UCC: Storytelling Our Past

  • February 21, 2023, 5pm

SBDC: Webinar E-Smarts: Google Analytics 4 For Beginners

  • February 21, 2023, 1pm- 3:30pm

Los Angeles Urban League: Black Wall Street, The Black History of Money

  • February 23, 2023, 6:00pm-7:30pm 

SBDC: Business Finance Literacy Series: Session 2 of 3

  • February 23, 2023, 9:30am – 10:30am 

SBDC: Webinar Biz Basics Lean Business Planning

  • February 28, 2023, 1:00pm-2:30pm

SBDC: Business Finance Series: Session 3 of 3

  • February 28, 2023, 9:30pm-10:30pm 

SBDC: Webinar Orientation: What the SBDC Can do for You 

  • February 28, 2023, 5:00pm-6:30pm


BizCare Program

Visit the BizCare Pop-Ups for in-person business assistance on Thursdays at different locations throughout the city. Find the PopUps latest schedule at longbeach.gov/bizcare.

Walk-ins are welcome, or you can schedule an appointment with one of our Pop-Up staff members with services are delivered in English, Spanish, and Khmer: Niyah (English)Rachel (English, Khmer)Sam (English, Spanish).

To learn more about the BizCare Pop-Ups or for questions call the BizCare Hotline at 562-570-4249 or email 4Biz@longbeach.gov.

Long Beach Water Department Free Spray Valves Program

The Long Beach Water Department is offering a Free Spray Valves Program for Long Beach Restaurants. To register for your free replacement and installation of high efficiency pre-rinse spray valves and faucet aerators, please visit the registration site and complete the form in its entirety.

Following your registration, the LBWD program representative will contact you to schedule your installation. If you require assistance, email waterconservation@lbwater.org

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 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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