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City Seeks Partners to Support Long Beach Collaboratory Smart City Initiative Program

The City of Long Beach is seeking to partner with qualified organizations to support the new Smart City Initiative program, the Long Beach Collaboratory (LB Co-Lab), to provide technology solutions that address neighborhood challenges sourced by community participants from four Long Beach neighborhoods. To support this effort, the City has launched four challenge-based Requests for Proposals (RFPs).

There will be an optional pre-proposal meeting for interested organizations on Tuesday, June 20, at 1 p.m. via Zoom. The meeting will touch on the four RFPs and will then transition to breakout rooms for each respective RFP. Questions regarding the RFP can be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 23, to rfppurchasing@longbeach.gov.

Doing Business with the City Webinar

Centro CHA and the City of Long Beach invite you to a workshop for current and future business owners, where you will learn how to get a business license, certify your business for contracting, and register with the City as a vendor. The workshop will be held in Spanish. To register, please click here.

This webinar will be held on Wednesday, June 21, 2023 from 9am to 10am at Jenny Oropeza Community Center, 401 Golden Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802

CAreer Pathways Survey

Let the California State Library and Pacific Library Partnership know what you think about the CAreer Pathways online learning resources offered through the LBPL Digital Library!

CAreer Pathways resources include: Coursera, GetSetUp, Job & Career Accelerator, LearningExpress Library Complete, LinkedIn Learning, Northstar, Skillshare, and VetNow.

Complete the short, 3-minute survey (available in English and Spanish) to share your experience. Thank you for your time and feedback.

In Case You Missed It

The Queen Mary

The Queen Mary’s return continues! This month the Queen Mary welcomed hotel visitors back to its historic staterooms. Additionally, the Observation Bar, Chelsea Chowder House and Promenade Café have reopened to the public.

Come enjoy the ambiance, spectacular views, and amazing food and drinks. Improvements continue to be made, and the City and Queen Mary are working towards ensuring stewardship of this Long Beach treasure are always top priority.

City of Long Beach Begins Payments for Long Beach Pledge Guaranteed Income Pilot Program

The City of Long Beach has begun issuing the first payments to participants of the Long Beach Pledge, the City’s guaranteed income pilot program. The program is providing $500 a month for 12 months to 250 families with children who live in the 90813 zip code, are below 100% of the federal poverty line and have one income earner for their household.

The City previously announced the Long Beach Pledge Guaranteed Income Pilot application period in November 2022. There were 2,800 applications received with 250 single headed families with children in the 90813 selected. There are 937 total beneficiaries for the 250 participating households, 583 of whom are children. Above is demographic data of the selected participants.

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.

Upcoming Events and Workshops

SBDC: What You Need to Know About Insurance for Your Small Business

  • June 12, 2023 10am

P.A.C.E: A Retirement Solution for Small Business Owners

  • June 13, 2023 5pm

SBDC: Business Finance Literacy Series [Session 2 of 3] Using an Excel Document for Financial Modeling and Forecasting

  • June 13, 2023 8am

SBDC: Turning Your Dream into a Business

  • June 14, 2023 3pm

SBDC: Trademark & Copyright Explained

  • June 19, 2023 3pm

SCORE: How to Start a Food Truck Business Step-by-Step

  • June 20, 2023 1pm

P.A.C.E: Financial Literacy 2023 - The Power of Capital - How to fuel the growth of your business

  • June 21, 2023 10am

P.A.C.E: Marketing Strategy To Grow Your Business - Series 2

  • June 21, 2023 10am

SBDC: How to Create Content on Canva

  • June 21, 2023 2pm

SBDC: Developing an Actionable Business Plan

  • June 21, 2023 3pm

SCORE: How to Effectively Use Artificial Intelligence in Your Business: A Step-by-Step Guide

  • June 25, 2023 1pm


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. Pop-Up services are delivered in English, Spanish, and Khmer.

Need help, but can't make it to a pop-up? 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.

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.

Visual Improvement Program Grant

This City of Long Beach Visual Improvement Program (VIP) Grant will provide 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. Grant applications opened February 22, 2023, and will remain open until funding is exhausted. To find more information and access the online application visit longbeach.gov/smallbizgrants.

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. 

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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