July 31, 2014  
 
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for California Entrepreneurs  
  Long Beach, California Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Start a Business in Long Beach, California

Are you starting a business in Long Beach, California? This article discusses the most important things to consider when opening a business in Long Beach.

Are You Sure You Want to Do This?

Most new ventures don't make it, in part because the business owner did not have the perseverance and abilities that are necessary to succeed. So, before you open a business, consider all of the implications of being an entrepreneur.

Before you move forward with starting a business, be sure to do these three things:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Long Beach. Ask them candidly what it's like to run a business.
  • We recommend reading Why Small Businesses Fail. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Get feedback from somebody whom you trust. The people who know you best are often in the best position to tell you bluntly whether you will be a good entrepreneur.

Long Beach, California Demographic Information

Long Beach has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.

To give you a better feel for Long Beach demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in Long Beach.

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 81006
5-9 Employees 28044
10-19 Employees 20172
20-49 Employees 14364
50-99 Employees 5616
100-249 Employees 3456
250-499 Employees 846
500-999 Employees 270
1000+ Employees 162
All Long Beach Businesses 153936

As a new Long Beach entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Long Beach for each business category. By looking at this chart, you can get a general sense for how much competition there is in the business niche that you are pursuing.

Business Type # of
Businesses
Advertising Agencies 14
Aircraft Manufacturing 4
Aluminum Foundries (except Die-Casting) 1
Ambulance Services 1
Amusement and Theme Parks 1
Amusement Arcades 1
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 4
Apprenticeship Training 5
Architectural Services 35
Art Dealers 4
Automobile Driving Schools 2
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 6
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 39
Automotive Transmission Repair 8
Baked Goods Stores 9
Barber Shops 7
Beauty Salons 68
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns 2
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 3
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 70
Blind and Shade Manufacturing 1
Blood and Organ Banks 1
Boat Building 3
Boat Dealers 10
Book Publishers 2
Book Stores 12
Broadwoven Fabric Finishing Mills 3
Broadwoven Fabric Mills 1
Building Inspection Services 9
Business Associations 11
Business to Business Electronic Markets 2
Cable and Other Program Distribution 4
Cafeterias 9
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 3
Canvas and Related Product Mills 4
Car Washes 14
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 9
Caterers 11
Cemeteries and Crematories 1
Charter Bus Industry 3
Child and Youth Services 19
Child Day Care Services 106
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 3
Civic and Social Organizations 43
Claims Adjusting 7
Clothing Accessories Stores 1
Coffee and Tea Manufacturing 1
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 19
Collection Agencies 2
Commercial Bakeries 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 12
Commercial Photography 6
Commercial Screen Printing 4
Commodity Contracts Brokerage 2
Commodity Contracts Dealing 3
Community Food Services 4
Computer and Software Stores 9
Computer Facilities Management Services 4
Computer Systems Design Services 59
Computer Training 3
Confectionery and Nut Stores 6
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 1
Construction Machinery Manufacturing 1
Consumer Lending 5
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 3
Convenience Stores 28
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 9
Convention and Visitors Bureaus 1
Cosmetology and Barber Schools 1
Couriers 17
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 5
Credit Card Issuing 1
Credit Unions 13
Curtain and Drapery Mills 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 35
Custom Roll Forming 1
Deep Sea Freight Transportation 8
Dental Laboratories 8
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 10
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 4
Digital Printing 3
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 8
Direct Mail Advertising 5
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 5
Directory and Mailing List Publishers 2
Discount Department Stores 8
Display Advertising 5
Document Preparation Services 5
Dog and Cat Food Manufacturing 1
Drafting Services 3
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 68
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 11
Educational Support Services 6
Electric Power Distribution 8
Electrical Contractors 59
Electronic Connector Manufacturing 1
Electronic Shopping 6
Elementary and Secondary Schools 28
Emergency and Other Relief Services 2
Employment Placement Agencies 13
Engineering Services 73
Environmental Consulting Services 12
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 8
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 15
Fabric Coating Mills 1
Facilities Support Services 4
Family Clothing Stores 23
Family Planning Centers 2
Farm Labor Contractors and Crew Leaders 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 4
Fiber Optic Cable Manufacturing 1
Fine Arts Schools 12
Finish Carpentry Contractors 16
Fish and Seafood Markets 8
Fish and Seafood Merchant Wholesalers 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 29
Flight Training 5
Floor Covering Stores 9
Flooring Contractors 9
Florists 15
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 10
Food Service Contractors 16
Footwear and Leather Goods Repair 1
Footwear Merchant Wholesalers 1
Formal Wear and Costume Rental 1
Fossil Fuel Electric Power Generation 3
Framing Contractors 4
Freight Transportation Arrangement 96
Fresh and Frozen Seafood Processing 2
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 2
Full-Service Restaurants 288
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 9
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 6
Furniture Stores 23
General Automotive Repair 91
General Freight Trucking, Local 59
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 5
General Rental Centers 4
General Warehousing and Storage 33
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 37
Glass and Glazing Contractors 6
Glove and Mitten Manufacturing 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 7
Grantmaking Foundations 16
Graphic Design Services 28
Gypsum Product Manufacturing 3
Hand and Edge Tool Manufacturing 3
Hardware Manufacturing 1
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 13
Hardware Stores 7
Hazardous Waste Collection 1
Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal 5
Historical Sites 3
HMO Medical Centers 2
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 8
Home Centers 3
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 6
Home Health Care Services 34
Home Health Equipment Rental 1
Homes for the Elderly 14
Household Appliance Stores 8
Human Rights Organizations 6
Industrial Building Construction 2
Industrial Design Services 5
Industrial Gas Manufacturing 1
Industrial Launderers 12
Industrial Sand Mining 1
Industrial Valve Manufacturing 1
Inland Water Freight Transportation 1
Institutional Furniture Manufacturing 2
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 128
Interior Design Services 31
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting 2
Internet Service Providers 8
Investigation Services 7
Investment Advice 31
Iron and Steel Mills 1
Iron Foundries 2
Irradiation Apparatus Manufacturing 1
Janitorial Services 44
Jewelry (except Costume) Manufacturing 1
Jewelry Stores 28
Junior Colleges 1
Kidney Dialysis Centers 10
Land Subdivision 5
Landscape Architectural Services 2
Landscaping Services 31
Language Schools 1
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 15
Libraries and Archives 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 283
Limousine Service 6
Linen Supply 4
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 6
Locksmiths 3
Luggage and Leather Goods Stores 2
Machine Shops 15
Mail-Order Houses 10
Marinas 7
Marine Cargo Handling 13
Marketing Consulting Services 24
Masonry Contractors 10
Materials Recovery Facilities 3
Mattress Manufacturing 1
Meat Markets 9
Meat Processed from Carcasses 1
Media Representatives 1
Medical Laboratories 4
Medicinal and Botanical Manufacturing 1
Men's Clothing Stores 9
Metal Tank (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturing 1
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing 3
Miscellaneous Intermediation 5
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 27
Motion Picture and Video Production 13
Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 6
Motorcycle Dealers 5
Museums 3
Musical Groups and Artists 5
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 6
Nail Salons 32
Natural Gas Distribution 2
Natural Gas Liquid Extraction 1
Navigational Services to Shipping 4
New Car Dealers 17
New Housing Operative Builders 6
News Dealers and Newsstands 1
News Syndicates 1
Newspaper Publishers 4
Nonresidential Property Managers 24
Nursing Care Facilities 34
Office Administrative Services 48
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 5
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 11
Offices of Bank Holding Companies 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 56
Offices of Chiropractors 46
Offices of Dentists 203
Offices of Lawyers 241
Offices of Optometrists 26
Offices of Other Holding Companies 5
Offices of Podiatrists 22
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 20
One-Hour Photofinishing 5
Ophthalmic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 3
Optical Goods Stores 5
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 1
Packaging Machinery Manufacturing 1
Packing and Crating 1
Paging 1
Paint and Coating Manufacturing 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 6
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 27
Paper (except Newsprint) Mills 1
Parking Lots and Garages 55
Passenger Car Rental 14
Payroll Services 4
Periodical Publishers 11
Perishable Prepared Food Manufacturing 1
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 11
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 8
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 8
Petroleum Refineries 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 59
Photography Studios, Portrait 10
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 5
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1
Plastics Bag Manufacturing 1
Political Organizations 2
Port and Harbor Operations 3
Portfolio Management 13
Precision Turned Product Manufacturing 5
Prepress Services 1
Private Mail Centers 9
Professional Employer Organizations 12
Professional Organizations 5
Public Relations Agencies 11
Quick Printing 9
Racetracks 1
Radio Networks 1
Radio Stations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Real Estate Credit 27
Real Estate Investment Trusts 9
Recreational Goods Rental 1
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 3
Remediation Services 8
Residential Property Managers 60
Residential Remodelers 53
Retail Bakeries 14
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 5
Roofing Contractors 13
Rooming and Boarding Houses 5
Rope, Cordage, and Twine Mills 1
Sales Financing 6
Satellite Telecommunications 2
Savings Institutions 18
Sawmills 2
Scheduled Freight Air Transportation 1
Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation 5
School and Employee Bus Transportation 2
Securities Brokerage 37
Security Guards and Patrol Services 21
Septic Tank and Related Services 1
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 3
Ship Building and Repairing 2
Shoe Stores 24
Sign Manufacturing 8
Site Preparation Contractors 24
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 87
Soap and Other Detergent Manufacturing 1
Software Publishers 7
Solid Waste Combustors and Incinerators 1
Special Needs Transportation 3
Spice and Extract Manufacturing 4
Sporting Goods Stores 19
Sports and Recreation Instruction 10
Spring (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturing 1
Surface Active Agent Manufacturing 1
Tax Preparation Services 37
Telecommunications Resellers 1
Telemarketing Bureaus 2
Telephone Answering Services 4
Temporary Help Services 48
Temporary Shelters 3
Testing Laboratories 10
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 5
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 6
Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers 4
Tire Dealers 19
Tire Retreading 2
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 2
Tobacco Stores 8
Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 2
Tour Operators 3
Translation and Interpretation Services 2
Travel Agencies 25
Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing 2
Used Car Dealers 12
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 15
Used Merchandise Stores 27
Vending Machine Operators 5
Veterinary Services 19
Video Tape and Disc Rental 16
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 19
Voluntary Health Organizations 4
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 2
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 43
Window Treatment Stores 6
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 28
Women's Clothing Stores 29
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 5
Wood Preservation 1
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing 2
Zoos and Botanical Gardens 1

Should You Franchise?

As you drive around Long Beach, you may be surprised to see how many franchises there are in the area. But is franchising the right option for you?

Our advice is to consider franchising as an option. This site has dozens of articles on franchising, such as Multi-Unit Franchising. Get a thorough education on franchising by browsing all of our Articles on Franchising.

To learn about specific franchise opportunities, check out our Franchise Directory.

Sample franchise opportunities include Ruffin's Pet Centres and FoodNet. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Cartridge Recycling Franchises and Child Entertainment Franchises.

Note on Long Beach Franchise Opportunities: You will need to contact franchisors directly to see if their franchises are available in Long Beach.

Forming a Company in Long Beach, California

It's essential that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Doing so will protect you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

The entity you form can be a corporation, LLC, sole proprietorship, partnership or other structure.

Incorporation is a very popular way to form a business. A key decision is whether to form and S-Corp or a C-Corp, and you also must decide in which state you will incorporate. If you are starting a business in California, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in California. In fact, you can incorporate in the state of your choosing. For example, it's very popular to incorporate in Delaware, and incorporating in Nevada has become very trendy as well. Don't forget, though, that you will have to register as a foreign entity in all states that you do business in.

There are many nuances to forming a company. We recommend you read some of the educational articles about company formation that are availabe on our site, such as Incorporating Online. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. Finally, if you are starting a business in Long Beach, California, our information on Incorporating in California may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in California.

Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan

A business plan is critical in laying a solid foundation for your business success. Indeed, your business plan is your game plan for how you hope to grow your business. Starting a business without a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Contests. A great resource for business planning assistance is the face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in California.

Getting Money to Start a Business

Getting your Long Beach business the capital it needs to succeed requires strong organization skills and perseverance. The reality is that there is very little funding available for new small businesses, and you have to explore every possible alternative.

To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as Choosing VC Firms.

For Long Beach entrepreneurs who want to raise money for a new venture, you'll want to take a look at our List of California Angel Investors and our List of California Venture Capital Firms.

Ramping Up Sales

Mastering the art of selling is a must if you want your new Long Beach business to do well.

Clever sales techniques can transform any business from good to great. Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Writing Great Proposals is worth reading, as it may give you some good ideas on how to sell your products or services. We have many more good articles on selling that you may enjoy reading.

Some Interesting Long Beach Entrepreneurs

Enjoy these interviews we've had with Long Beach entrepreneurs.

Next Steps

Most new Long Beach businesses underestimate the number of challenges they will face.

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

We are here to help Long Beach businesses to be successful. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Long Beach, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Long Beach, California

Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Long Beach.

 

 

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