Resources for Start-up Businesses

Long Beach is the fifth-largest city in California and is located just south of Los Angeles. Long Beach has thriving oil, manufacturing, aerospace and shipping industries, making the city a thriving hub for business.

Business Environment

  • With trade valued annually at more than $140 billion, The Port of Long Beach is the second-busiest seaport in the United States.

  • Epson America, Inc., Pioneer Electronics, SCAN Health Plan, Molina Healthcare, Inc. are major companies that are based in the city. 

  • Long Beach Airport serves the Long Beach, South Bay and northern Orange County areas and it is the West Coast hub for JetBlue Airways. Long Beach Airport is also home to a Boeing aircraft production facility, which is the Long Beach's largest non-government employer.

  • According to the non-profit Aquatic Capital of America Foundation, Long Beach has a temperate year-round climate, protected Marine Stadium competition zone, and a diverse population filled with active athletes and beachgoers.

Business Structure and Licensing

The first step to starting a new business in Long Beach is to decide on a legal entity for your company and register with the Secretary of State. You should also familiarize yourself with any local tax requirements.

In order to operate a business in Long Beach, a business license must be obtained from The City of Long Beach Business License Division. The business must also pay an annual business license tax.

Wholesale and retail businesses that will engage in the sale of tangible personal property are required to register for a Seller's Permit with the State Board of Equalization. Other permits or licenses may be required for certain businesses.

Long Beach businessBusiness Support From the City

The Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce provides active support for business owners in the community and offers many benefits to members that can improve the odds of business success.

The Women's Business Council provides assistance to women business owners with opportunities for networking and contribution to the business community.

SCORE Greater Los Angeles provides support to Long Beach small businesses with education and free mentorships.


The following links provide resources to help you get started with your Long Beach business:

Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

Long Beach City Census Information

Buy a Business in Long Beach

Find Commercial Real Estate in Long Beach

Find the Best Long Beach Accountant

Tax Incentives

High Speed Internet

If you're looking to start a business in Long Beach, we can help! Call 562-445-3888 and let's chat.