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


New This Issue!

Small Biz Blitz Contest Ending Soon!

The ShopLB Small Biz Blitz Contest will be ending on Sunday, September 3rd! If you haven't already, sign up at shoplb.org. Submit your receipts from local small businesses to earn points with 10 prizes and rewards available for top contestants. Top contestants will be able to convert their contest points into LocalCash in the Localight App to spend at participating merchants.

The 2023 AAPISTRONG Restaurant Fund

The AAPISTRONG Restaurant Fund is designed to benefit Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander-owned restaurants across the country. With the industry facing ongoing economic challenges, the AAPISTRONG Restaurant Fund is available to help under-resourced restaurants respond to supply chain disruptions, increased inventory costs, workforce development, and safety for their employees.

Learn more about the AAPI Restaurant Grant on the application website.

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.

In Case You Missed It

Beach Rental Concessions Opportunity

The City of Long Beach has opportunities for beach equipment rental concessions at three locations: Alamitos Beach, Junipero and Granada, adjacent to the restaurant concessionaires at each location. Prospective concessionaires may submit for each individual location or multiple locations. Interested parties should visit Beach Concessions — RTL Collab for more information.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business

Participants of the Goldman Sachs 10KSB will gain practical skills across topics such as financial statements, negotiation, marketing, and employee management, and acquire the tools to develop a customized business plan for growth! Apply now for this FREE 12-week practical business education program: www.10KSBapply.com.

Application deadline for the winter and spring 2024 programs is October 15, 2023.

Free Digital Marketing with CSULB

Whether you are looking to create digitial 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

City of Long Beach Announces $250,000 in Funding for Two New Neighborhood Grant Programs

The Long Beach Development Services Department is now seeking proposal applications from established Long Beach neighborhood associations for grants of up to $10,000 to support public service programs within designated areas of the city and for micro grants of up to $1,500 to host neighborhood events or improvement projects citywide.

A total of $250,000 is available for the two new grant programs, which will be facilitated by the Department’s Housing and Neighborhood Services Bureau and funded by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in addition to the City’s General Funding. Learn more on the Housing and Urban Development Grants webpage.

City of Long Beach Seeks Partner for Electric Bike Lending Library Program

The City of Long Beach today released an Invitation to Bid (ITB) to provide bikes and equipment for the City’s upcoming Electric Bike (E-Bike) Lending Library program. By enabling Long Beach residents to borrow e-bikes for an extended period of time, the E-Bike Lending Library program will expand familiarity with e-bike technology, increase e-bike ridership within the city and encourage an active, zero-emission mode of travel.

The program is anticipated to launch before the end of 2023. More information about the program requirements can be found in the posted ITB.

Upcoming Events and Workshops

PACE Business Development Center: Fail the Failure - Why Businesses Fail

  • September 5, 2023 11am

PACE Business Development Center

  • September 7, 2023 1pm

SCORE: How to Use AI in Your Digital Marketing Strategy

  • September 7, 2023 1pm

Los Angeles County Economic Development Center: Quarterly Economic Briefing - September 2023

  • September 12, 2023 11am

PACE Business Development Center: Fail the Failure - 10 mistakes to avoid in development a product

  • September 12, 2023 11am

PACE Business Development Center: Building a Winning Menu and Concept

  • September 13, 2023 10am

SCORE: Discover the Best Franchise Opportunities for You in 2023

  • September 14, 2023 1pm

PACE Business Development Center: Building a Financial Foundation

  • September 15, 2023 1pm


BizCare Program

All BizCare services will be closed on Monday, September 4th and will resume Tuesday, September 5th.

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. 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.

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.

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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