The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) helps entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership. The SBDC advisors provide a variety of FREE business consulting and low-cost training services.
Some of SBDC's courses and resources include:
They also provide low cost one-on-one consulting by expert business advisors.
At the SBDC, all entrepreneurs and business owners can receive free counseling and are welcome to ask any questions related to their business. All conversations are kept confidential.
Please park in Lot O. Remember to purchase a $2 parking pass at the machine located to the right of the lot entrance. All attendees must park at any “non-staff” and “non-30 minute” lots.
Open Hours: 5:00 am to 9:30 pm
Buses 93, 101, 103, 111/112, and 176 all serve the SBDC and can be caught from the transit mall located on first street in downtown Long Beach.
Research an industry, start or expand a business, or explore a new career. The Main Library in Downtown Long Beach features an extensive collection of business and career books, plus meeting spaces and an auditorium for rent, and free Wi-Fi. Get started with our online resources below.
Search, place holds, manage your account, and discover new materials. Free for iOS, Android, and Blackberry.
Mobile printing is now available! Send and print documents from any smartphone, tablet or laptop and pick them up at the library. Documents can be sent in two ways: Use one of the mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, Android and Nook; or upload or send your file as an email to the following branches:
SCORE matches you with mentors who provide professional guidance and information to maximize the success of existing and emerging small businesses. The nonprofit is dedicated to teaching you how to start, grow and sustain your small business. There are no mentors available in Long Beach but you can connect with mentors in Los Angeles.
Understand benefits and drawbacks of working with friends and family. Here are some helpful articles on the subject: