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Welcome business owners!
The Port of Long Beach's Small Business Enterprises (SBE)/Very Small Business Enterprises (VSBE) Program was designed to put more Port dollars into the hands of small and very small businesses, through prime contracting, subcontracting, consulting, and procurement opportunities.

At the beginning of each fiscal year, the Board approves annual Port-wide SBE/VSBE goals recommended by Port staff. The SBE/VSBE goal for Fiscal Year 2013 is 25% combined SBE/VSBE participation, of which a minimum of 5% must be VSBE participation. Each Port bureau and division also sets contract-specific SBE/VSBE goals on applicable construction and consulting contracts, and bureau-wide or division-wide SBE/VSBE goals on procurements.

Watch a short video (31 sec) about the program.

What does the Port build? What does the Port buy?

The Port of Long Beach procures a large variety of products and services in support of Port construction, design, maintenance, capital improvements, terminal operations, and internal operations. Click here to download a list of products/services procured by the Port and a contact list for each Port division.

PB System

(Please read information at left and in blue box)

Click here to log in

New Procurement System

The Port of Long Beach is transitioning to a new web-based procurement solution called "PB System," provided by PlanetBids, Inc. The system is now live; use the link at right to log in or to register for an account.

Both formal and informal solicitations may be processed through our online system. It is the bidder's/proposer's responsibility to ensure that the most complete and current version of the solicitation, including addenda, has been obtained.

Please note: Contractors/Vendors are responsible for maintaining up to date and accurate information and may edit their profile at any time.

Important Notice for Construction Opportunities

  • New construction project opportunities advertised after November 4, 2013 will only be posted in PB System, which may be accessed by clicking the link in the box above.
  • Construction project opportunities advertised for bid before November 4, 2013 will continue to be posted to our Out for Bid page until the bid period is closed. This includes any documents associated with these projects, such as Notice Inviting Bids, addenda cover letters, sign-in sheets, etc.
  • Our Future Work page will continue to be updated as well until further notice.

We have made every effort to make all aspects of the contracting process as easy, secure, and reliable as possible. However, if you need help or have questions concerning the features available to our bidders, please click the "Help" link inside the PB System for online assistance. Contractors/Vendors should use the PB System to contact a PlanetBids representative for technical assistance.

Note: In order to access PB System, you must install Adobe Flash Player 10.1 or higher. Click here to download and install the latest Adobe Flash Player.

Contractor Training Forum

Businesses are cordially invited to attend the Port of Long Beach’s upcoming Training & Networking Forum on Thursday, July 25 from 3 to 6 p.m., sponsored by the Port’s SBE/VSBE Program and Finance Division. This event, titled Contracting for Success, will provide you and/or other company representatives with valuable information for working successfully with the Port, participating in the Port’s SBE/VSBE Program, large/small business partnering, and thriving in a growing economy.

Download the event flyer.

Due to space constraints in the Port facility, we respectfully ask you to limit your attendance to no more than TWO people from your company. To RSVP, please complete the registration form by clicking on the link below and providing ALL of the information for EACH attendee.

Go to the registration form.

Please respond as soon as possible to secure your spot. Our training forums reach capacity very quickly, and we always have a waiting list. After receiving your RSVP, we will send you a confirmation response. We will also email an event reminder and parking instructions to all those who RSVP’d a few days before the event.

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