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

1 Million Cups: To Educate, Connect Local Entrepreneurs

The Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA) will host a national program to engage, educate and connect local entrepreneurs. Founded by the Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups is based on the notion that entrepreneurs network and discover solutions over a million cups of coffee. The FREE, monthly gathering helps build startup communities on a grassroots level.

Beginning February 7 and meeting every first Wednesday of the month through January 2019, entrepreneurs, innovators, funders and other community members interested in investing in Downtown Long Beach are invited to attend the sessions from 7:30 – 9 AM at Studio 111/Retail Design Collaborative, located at 245 East Third St., in Downtown Long Beach.

Cost: FREE

7:30am 1 Million Cups Begins

8am Program Kickoff:
Justin Wolske, Founder
Caseworx: Caseworx builds better decisions through story. We transform scenario learning — a core teaching method in business, medicine, law, STEM, military and corporate applications — by taking it off the page and into an interactive video platform to serve Corporate and Higher Education.

Megan Papageorge, Founder
Sweet Peach Planning: Sweet Peach Planning is a boutique Wedding Planning & Event Coordination firm and recent DLBA Woman Owned Business Accelerator winner for her pivot to launch “Bride Box”(working title).

9am Program Concludes

In each 1 Million Cups city, local entrepreneurs drive the program as community organizers. Volunteering for the leadership roles in Long Beach are:

• Adam Carrillo, Economic Development Manager, Downtown Long Beach Alliance
• Brett Dickson, Co-Founder, Alfabet Soup Consulting
• Cassandra Leeman, Strategic Planning Consultant
• Derek Hoyt, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank
• Marcos Lopez, Urban Design Intern, Studio 111
• Michelle Molina, Principal, Connecting Evidence
• Mitzi Peacock, Ecommerce Business Analyst, TOMS Shoes
• Reg Lapham, President, Spartan Ventures
• Robert Martinez, Digital Coach – LA, Google
• Rose Buado, General Manager, The Filharmonic
• Sam Hall, State and Local Government Marketing Manager, Laserfiche

Also contributing their expertise to the program are our community partners supporting this launch:

• Brad Pollak, Director, Long Beach Small Business Development Center
• John Keisler, Director, Economic Development, City of Long Beach
• Steve Olvera, Community Lead, WeWork Long Beach
• Vivian Shimoyama, Regional Executive Director, Southern California Region for 10,000 Small Businesses
• Wade Martin, Director, Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at California State University Long Beach

Google Digital Coaches Program: Adwords for Small Business

The Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA) continues its partnership with Google to expand our support for Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs in Downtown Long Beach through offering a free digital marketing and AdWords workshop. ASL interpreters will be available for this workshop.

In this two-hour workshop, you’ll receive guidance on improving your web presence, learn how to reach new customers online and grow your business using Google Adwords Express, Google’s online advertising platform. Attendees must have a website up and running to attend.

Register by Friday, January 19 for 1/22’s event.

Register by Friday January 26 for 1/29’s event.

Registration is not allowed on-site.

Date: Monday, January 22, 2018 (ENGLISH & ASL)
Date: Monday, January 29, 2018 (SPANISH)
Time: 10am-12pm
Cost: FREE *Must already have a website
Location: Downtown Long Beach Alliance,100 W Broadway, Suite 120, Long Beach, CA 90802

Note: American Sign Language interpreters will be provided at 1/22’s workshop. What is ASL?

Bonus: Receive $100 in Google Adwords credit when you spend $25

What to Bring: Smartphone and/or Laptop

Parking: We recommend parking in City Place Lots A, B, or C in the heart of DTLB, where two hour free parking is available and only a few minutes walk down Pine Ave to 100 W Broadway. Paid parking is available on-site at 100 W Broadway.

Woman Owned Business Accelerator

The DLBA’s Woman Owned Business Accelerator Program is designed to assist existing woman owned businesses by providing targeted business assistance and grant funds in an effort to support costs associated with recruiting, retaining, or expanding an existing downtown woman owned business creating more jobs in Downtown Long Beach. The program will award up to 3 woman owned businesses, not to exceed $15,000 in total award money. Businesses that are “pre-revenue” will be considered and encouraged to apply. Preference given to businesses supporting online/digital customer acquisition strategies.

8/19/2017: Application start date
9/5/2017: Deadline for business owner to submit notice of intent to apply and receive invitation to join the Information Session(not required for entry)
9/6/2017: Facebook Live Information Session Q&A (not required for entry)
9/15/2017: Application close date
9/28/2017: UP TO 3 Finalists nominated*
10/12/2017: DTLB PitchFest & Award Date*

*Please see the Criteria for Participation for additional details.

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.

We’ll post future Entrepreneurship Series information here.

Small Business & Job Creation Grant

The DLBA’s Small Business & Job Creation Grant Program is designed to assist new businesses and support the expansion of existing businesses by providing grant funds in an effort to defray costs associated with the starting or expanding of a business therefore creating jobs in Downtown Long Beach. The program will provide six (6) grants totaling up to $3,000 in awards per winning applicant composed of the following sources:

-Up to $2,500 DLBA funded grant to the awarded business (requires matching funds)

-Up to $500 1st Year DPIA BID assessment fee reimbursement (requires receipt)

-BONUS: One (1) woman or minority owned business award for a one (1) month hot desk membership at WeWork’s Downtown Long Beach location,100 W Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802 ($350 Value).

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 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

With a 17% population increase since 2010, and an additional 3% expected by 2020 – it’s safe to say the future looks bright for Downtown Long Beach. In coming years, expect to see construction begin on the Broadway Block, a $154-million development that will bring together 375 residential apartments with academic space for CSULB students, creative offices, artist galleries, restaurants, food and retail uses. Not to be outdone, The Current’s upcoming second tower, a 35-story building, will be the tallest in DTLB’s Skyline. We’ll see cranes in the air and scaffolds around buildings non-stop in the coming years and that most definitely bodes well for Downtown Long Beach’s future.

Development Opportunity Sites

Considering investing in Downtown Long Beach as a real estate investor or developer? Check out the potential development opportunity sites by clicking the link below.

Downtown Long Beach Employment Report

In late 2016 the DLBA partnered with the City of Long Beach and Beacon Economics to provide the 1st economic bench-marking report highlighting Downtown Long Beach as the leading economic engine within the City of Long Beach and the region. Click on the link below for the report in its entirety.

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.


Sign up HERE 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.