California Business Incentives Gateway
The California Business Incentives Gateway is a groundbreaking tool from the State Treasurer’s Offices that brings together all the state and local business development incentives to a single access point. The incentives detailed here, include site selection services, targeted tax breaks, training grants, fee waivers, permit assistance, low-cost or tax exempt financing, reduced utility rates, and many more.
Certified Blue Restaurant (CBR) Program
The Long Beach Certified Blue Restaurant (CBR) Program supports and recognizes Long Beach restaurants that achieve exceptional water efficiency. Interested restaurants can enroll to receive a FREE on-site efficiency survey, free water-efficient devices (if eligible) and an assessment for rebate opportunities. Restaurants that become Certified Blue receive recognition from the Long Beach Water Department on social media and other marketing channels.
Enroll today at http://register.lbwater.org/restaurants.
Council of Business Associations
The City of Long Beach Council of Business Associations is a unified voice for advocacy, acts as an effective communication conduit between business communities, and is a simplified business resource center.
Green Business Program
The Long Beach Green Business Program is a free program that supports and recognizes Long Beach businesses that follow guidelines for energy and water conservation, pollution prevention, waste management, toxics reduction, employee commute, and community education. Certified Green Businesses receive free marketing and promotion through City website and social media channels, free on-site green technical assistance, a certificate and window decal or sticker, and more.
Register today at www.longbeach.gov/greenbusiness
CSULB Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
The Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at CSULB provides programming and mentoring designed to unlock the creative energy of students, faculty, staff, and the community that engages stakeholders across campus and in the community focused on the common goal of innovation and entrepreneurship. The primary objective of the Institute is to leverage all this energy and entrepreneurial capital into a driving force for economic development for the greater Long Beach community.
Doing Business with the City of Long Beach
To remain abreast of the City’s current bids, we recommend that you:
- Regularly visit www.longbeach.gov/purchasing to obtain a current list of bids
- Check the classified section of the Long Beach Press Telegram for formal bids over $100,000
- Keep in contact with the buyer of your commodity or service
- Register your business through the City of Long Beach Vendor Portal with Planet Bids
Foreign Trade Zone Benefits
Foreign Trade Zones are designated areas within the United States where qualifying businesses are considered to be outside the country for customs purposes. Approved companies within a Foreign Trade Zone can defer, reduce or completely eliminate customs duties on imported products and materials.
Kiva Loan Program
The City of Long Beach has partnered with The Los Angeles Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LA LISC) to offer zero interest, no fee loans to local business owners. Through Kiva, everyday residents can loan as little as $25 to small businesses of their choice as part of a crowdfunded loan program. loans are approved through “social underwriting,” where trustworthiness is determined by friends and family lending a portion of the loan request and a by a Kiva approved Trustee who will vouch for the borrower. LA LISC will match loan contributions made to borrowers who have been endorsed by a Trustee.
Long Beach Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber’s mission is to be the platform for business to provide leadership, education and advocacy so that the Long Beach area thrives in the 21st century. The Chamber’s core competencies include:
- Economic Development: Creating a Strong Local Economy
- Public Policy: Representing the Interest of Business with Government
- Community Development: Promoting the Community
- Membership Services: Providing Networking Opportunities
- Political Action: Endorsing Pro-Business Candidates for Office
Long Beach City College: College of Advancement & Economic Development
College Advancement & Economic Development (CAED) at LBCC is dedicated to bridging the gap between fulfilling business needs for a qualified workforce and providing education and training, including skill sets relevant to jobs in the 21st century. CAED offers several workforce development and business development programs at an affordable cost.
Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau
The LBCVB is a private non-profit organization funded by city hotel bed tax and membership contributions from over 400 area businesses and community organizations. The mission of the Bureau is to contribute to economic development of the city of Long Beach by selling, marketing and promoting Long Beach as a destination for conventions, meetings, tradeshows and tourism.
Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation
Since 1981, the LAEDC has worked to attract, retain and grow businesses and quality jobs for the 10 million residents of L.A. County, its 88 cities and 100+ unincorporated communities. LAEDC’s free business assistance and attraction programs, economic research and analysis, real estate advisory services, trade and investment assistance, and public policy leadership support emerging growth and innovation industries that will create the jobs of tomorrow and give critical support to the key industry clusters driving L.A. today.
Small Business Development Center Hosted by Long Beach City College
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) helps small business owners succeed with low-cost training and no-cost one-on-one advising from experienced entrepreneurs and industry experts.
Special Events and Filming
The Office of Special Events and Filming is the bureau within the City Manager Department responsible for permitting all special events and film productions within the City of Long Beach. Staff strives to provide year-round events to cultivate civic pride, social awareness and cultural enrichment for residents and visitors by permitting special event activities such as, festivals, runs/walks, and citywide holiday celebrations.