Downtown Long Beach

Doing Business: Investing in Downtown Long Beach.

Working with the DLBA

Considering investing in Downtown Long Beach as a business owner or developer?

Start by calling the Economic Development team at the DLBA. Our business assistance staff offer an array of complementary services to help make the decision to invest in Downtown as smooth and successful as possible. We offer a wide variety of services, including:

  • Ombudsman services for City of Long Beach staff and other Downtown stakeholder groups
  • Qualitative and quantitative information about the Downtown consumer base to support your investment
  • Insight into underrepresented / opportunity niches
  • Property owner / commercial brokerage contacts
  • Assistance identifying unforeseen costs associated with starting a business Downtown
  • Assistance navigating regulatory hurdles
  • Site selection assistance
  • Information about business development resources and programs
  • Grand Opening assistance

Call or email us now to get started! 562-436-4259

The Entrepreneur and Small Business Education Series

The Entrepreneur and Small Business Education Series is a partnership between the Downtown Long Beach Alliance and California State University, Long Beach. The education series is focused on providing the tools and skills needed to start and run a successful business. The Entrepreneur and Small Business Education Series is a six-week program starting April 1, 2017 and runs on consecutive Saturdays. California State University, Long Beach will provide a certificate of accomplishment to those who complete the entire program.

Due to overwhelming response we’ve reached capacity. Please sign up below to be added to our wait list. You’ll be contacted if spots open up in the coming weeks.

DLBA Small Business & Job Creation Grant

The Economic Development Department in coordination with the DLBA’s Economic Development Committee will be launching the Small Business & Job Creation Grant. The total potential value of the Small Business & Job Creation Grant per awarded business is $5,950. 6 awards in total will be given out for the total potential value of $35,700. One woman owned or minority owned business will receive a bonus from WeWork in DTLB receiving one, (1) month hot desk membership, a $350 value.

There will be a 3 person sub-committee from DLBA’s Economic Development Committee attending the week 6 Pitchfest May 6 as well as two Angel Investors (as outlined in the criteria for participation) to review and recommend 6 finalists who will then present their business plan and proposed $5,000 budget to the DLBA ED Committee May 11. You must register and complete all The Entrepreneur and Small Business Education Series modules in order to qualify for grant consideration.

Economic Profile

The annual Economic Profile is the culmination of our quarterly DTLB Snapshot reports that provides investors, developers, and data seekers an overall outlook on DTLB’s economy.

Downtown Long Beach Commercial Real Estate Market Reports:

The DLBA is the leading site-selection data resource for Downtown Long Beach. Our quarterly reports highlight the most recent economic indicators available for Downtown Long Beach (DTLB).

Downtown Plan Development Map

Located between Los Angeles and Orange County, Downtown Long Beach is at the center of Southern California business. A burgeoning urban environment, Downtown Long Beach features a waterfront business harbor, a historic architectural district, and a cultural arts scene. To learn more about the impressive progress being made in Downtown and how you can be part of the success, contact the DLBA today.


Investors, Developers, and Commercial Brokers click HERE and sign up to get the latest Downtown Long Beach Economic Development trends including the DTLB Snapshot, a quarterly report featuring specific foci on office, retail, and residential development and culminating with the annual Economic Profile.