Business Resources

Business License Relief

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City is waiving all penalties that would have applied to past due business license tax bills starting on March 16, 2020 and ending on June 30, 2021. This will allow additional time for businesses to pay their business license tax bill without receiving penalties or any additional penalties if penalties had applied prior to March 16, 2020. If a past due bill remains unpaid, then penalties will begin to apply again starting on July 1, 2021. For more information, business owners can email lbbiz@longbeach.gov or call 562-570-6211.

COVID-19 Relief Payment Plan

The new COVID-19 Relief Payment Program provides residents and businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19 additional time to pay interest-free and penalty-free payments over time for parking citations and most business-related and general fees, allowing up to 18 months to complete the payments.

Payment plans for business-related and general fees will be available beginning July 1, 2021.

For questions about payment plan programs for business license and general city fees, please contact us via email at FM-CityCollections@longbeach.gov or phone at (562) 570-7600.

Business Financial Assistance

There are several loan and grant options for businesses affected by COVID-19. Please review the following programs you may benefit from:

City of Long Beach Commercial Rental Assistance GrantOn January 12, 2021, the City Council approved the development of the Commercial Rental Assistance Grant (CRAG). CRAG will provide financial relief to small businesses located in low-to-moderate income areas that have lost revenue as a result of COVID-19 and State and Local Health Orders that restricted business operations. 

Approximately $1.7 million is available for this program. Grants totaling $4,000 are available to help businesses pay commercial lease payments that are outstanding or will become due in the 2021 calendar year.

The CRAG application is open from June 11, 2021 at noon to July 22, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Click here to learn more.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal loans for working capital to small businesses and non-profit organizations that are suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) can be used for business expenses such as rent, payroll costs, accounts payable and other operating expenses. For more information, visit the Small Business Administration (SBA) website.

Long Beach Emergency Microloan
The Emergency Microloan Program supports Long Beach micro-enterprises with five (5) or fewer employees on a first-come, first-served basis. Loans from $2,500 to $10,000 are available. Loan proceeds can be used for business expenses such as payroll costs, rent, supplies and materials, utilities and more.  For more information and to apply for the loan, potential borrowers must sign-up for an appointment with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) by visiting the SBDC website or calling 562-938-5100.

Kiva Long Beach Loan
The Kiva Long Beach Loan Program is an online community-lending program that supports Long Beach small businesses. Loan proceeds can be used for business expenses such as personnel, rent, supplies/materials, utilities, professional services and more. For more information and to apply for the loan, potential borrowers can visit the Kiva Long Beach Loan Program website.

Business Financial Assistance (Videos)

Please see the video links for additional information about business financial assistance below.

Reopening Resources

Please see the links to additional information and resources below.

SafeBiz (Physical Distancing Self-Certification)

SafeBiz, is a web-interface that allows businesses, which may open according to the “Safer at Home” Health Order to self-certify that they are committed to re-opening their business safely. SafeBiz guides business owners through a checklist of safety measures required by the “Safer at Home” order to prevent the spread of COVID19. This includes measures to protect employee health, to keep crowds from gathering, to keep people at least six feet apart and prevent unnecessary contact, and to increase sanitation measures to support a safe environment for patrons. For more information, business owners are encouraged to reference the SafeBiz Form.

Free Virtual Business Consultation

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the country and its territories. The SBDC is providing free virtual business consultation and is assisting small businesses with disaster preparedness and recovery. Business consultants are available to help answer questions regarding supply chain disruption and liability, technology plans for setting up remote work stations for employees, concerns about cashflow during disruption and concerns about credit and finance issues.

For business consultation assistance, contact the local SBDC at 562-938-5100 or visit the SBDC website.

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