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Long Beach Small Business Monitor (LBSBM)

What Does LB Small Business Say They Need Most Today: Skilled People!

In a time of growing economic optimism and low unemployment, many LB small business people are saying that finding, training and keeping good skilled employees is a key barrier to growth. There are many local resources to help LB Small Business find and keep skilled employees.

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In this issue, we look at what Long Beach small business owners and manager tell us they need to succeed given their expectations of the local business and consumer economy.

3Q/2017 Issue (PDF)

In this Issue

  • Starting A New Business
  • Hiring is Up!
  • Finding People: #1 Problem
  • Resources for Hiring


The purpose of the Long Beach Small Business Monitor is to provide the greater Long Beach region and community an understanding of the expectations and desires of small business owners

Survey Methods

The results are based on surveys of 300 small business people randomly selected from all Long Beach small businesses of 50 employees or less. Results are based on a probability sampling of 300 small businesses in Long Beach, CA (2-50 employees). Under the direction of Dr. Flexo, Marketing Systems Group ( generated a random sample from their frame of all small businesses with addresses in Long Beach. The sample was sent to Opinion Access Corporation a professional data collection facility ( Each record was called by a professionally trained interviewer at OAC. A final sample of 300 interviews with small business were collected using this industry standard procedure. These results have a statistical margin of error of +/-5.5%.

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