Inclusive Business Navigators
The Inclusive Business Navigators Program provides free technical assistance, workshops, and business coaching/advising services to Long Beach small businesses. Assistance is available in multiple languages through our partners listed below. Assistance is available for:
If you're not sure who to call for the assistance you need for your business, please call the BizCare Hotline for guidance at 562-570-4BIZ (4249).
This program is made possible by the Long Beach Recovery Act, a plan to fund economic and public health initiatives for residents, workers and businesses critically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional information about the Long Beach Recovery Act is available at longbeach.gov/recovery.
April Parker Foundation
The APWorks program provides free technical assistance to small and emerging BIPOC businesses and nonprofits in Long Beach. This program offers high-quality technical assistance, including access to capital, contracting and procurement assistance, marketing, compliance, operations, business development, mentorship, and training to aid organizations in stabilization and growth. We conduct outreach and support to underserved small, micro-businesses, and nonprofits through authentic business and community connections. We focus on BIPOC-led companies and nonprofits and those led by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
Centro CHA knows that the heart of the community is the small business owner and entrepreneur and thus has dedicated a large number of its services to promote the economy by empowering local business owners first. Throughout the year local business owners can access a rotating number of workshops that cover topics like financial literacy, social media marketing, and strategic growth planning. These courses are often in partnership with local partners or are led by professionals who have experience in these fields. Centro CHA also provides access to capital through various programs such as KIVA loans, Latino Small Business grants, or working with business owners to apply for larger small loans.
Right Source Services
For over 25 years, RightSource Services has been in procurement and administrative services supporting Fortune 500 companies. We now work with the LASBDC, SCE, Caltrans, City of Long Beach, and others to deliver procurement training and business development programs to small businesses. We build personalized training programs specific to organizational objectives. Our goal is to build a stronger small business community by helping them integrate procurement into their business strategy while helping large entities meet their legal and shareholder-driven obligations. From contracting, writing solicitations, successfully competing, and running operations, we know what it takes to qualify, bid, win, and execute.
United Cambodian Community - Cambodia Town Business Center
The United Cambodian Community's Cambodia Town Business Center is equipped with resources and business navigators that provide 1-on-1 small business counseling & technical assistance. UCC's Cambodia Town Business Center promotes economic development, sustainability & asset-building within our community. We provide free financial education, coaching services & mentorship to low & moderate-income Cambodians & other ethnic communities throughout Long Beach & the greater Los Angeles area. Areas of assistance include but not limited to: business planning, marketing, permits, licenses, access to capital, loan preparation, start-up assistance & digital media training etc. We also host online & in-person business workshops, networking & community events. Training & counseling can be accessed in English and/or Khmer.