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Get Informed with SBDC

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.

Take a Class

Some of SBDC's courses and resources include:

  • Starting a Small Business
  • Target Marketing
  • Access to Capital
  • Legal Issues/Incorporating
  • Retail Site Location
  • Business Planning
  • Marketing Technologies
  • Financial Management
  • Becoming An Employer
  • Lease Negotiation
  • How to Use Quickbooks

They also provide low cost one-on-one consulting by expert business advisors.

  • How to create an email address
  • How to use social media
  • How to write a business plan
  • How to negotiate a lease
  • Accounting practices

All Are Welcome

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.

Parking Instructions

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

Transit Instructions

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.

Long Beach Public Library Resources

Basic Computer Classes

  • One-on-one tutorials
  • Creating an Email account
  • Creating a Facebook account
  • Using a Mouse
  • Typing
  • Information Center for People with Disabilities
  • Introduction to the Internet
  • eBooks Introduction: Come learn how to download eBooks, audiobooks, music, magazines and more! All you need is your library card and your device
  • Bilingual English/Spanish Computer Class
  • Topics include Basic Computer Introduction, Using the Internet, and MS Word and Job Searching

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.

Download the LBPL Mobile app

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:

Get a Mentor

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.

Friends and Family

Understand benefits and drawbacks of working with friends and family. Here are some helpful articles on the subject: