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BizPort Honors

The city’s business resource website BizPort has been recognized with a national award from the Center for Digital Government.

Honored with a Government Experience Award in the Government-to-Business category, the city’s BizPort site was launched in October last year to help entrepreneurs more easily access information and fill out the forms needed to plan and grow successful businesses.

“Opening a business can take a lot of time and energy,” John Keisler, director of Economic and Property Development, said in a release. “We are leveraging technology to simplify the process and make Long Beach the city of opportunity for entrepreneurs.”

There were 12,500 users on BizPort from October 2016 through August 2017, connecting users to more than 100 different federal, state and local resources, including business license applications, building inspection information, vendor registration and more, city officials report.

BizPort was incubated by the city’s Innovation Team (i-team), and is overseen by the Departments of Economic and Property Development and Technology and Innovation.

Divorcee’s New Flame

Divorcee and entrepreneur Leanne Linsky said she wants her business, Life Lafter Divorce, to comfort those who are going through a big break-up.

To that end, the Long Beach resident is launching a new online store for her company’s light-hearted line of natural soaps and candles, which she said are a fun way to say, “See you lather, baby.”

Each product has a name that follows the theme, from “Un-Bridled Passion” and “De-Spousing Cleanse” soaps to “New Flame” candles.

There will be an official launch party from 2 to 4 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 1, at Babette’s Feast, 4621 E. Second St. The event is open to the public and there will be treats and product giveaways.

“Divorce is tough,” Linsky said. "I hope to offer some comfort to those who are hurting, so I’m excited to offer practical products with a sense of humor.”

Linsky said the candles and soaps could provide some retail therapy in addition to the other services she offers, including her regular podcast and classes designed to keep divorcees smiling. For details, visit

Ironfire Closes In

A lease has been signed, and Ironfire plans to officially open its first co-working space in Long Beach before the end of the year.

Ironfire founder and CEO Josh Rencher, holding the keys in his hands, announced that the new business will open soon in the city’s Fifth District, giving clients the opportunity to pay for access to shared workspaces that foster collaborative thinking.

Although the official location has not been announced, Rencher said it is more than 2,100 square feet with a mezzanine and is near the Long Beach Airport, Long Beach City College and the 405 Freeway.

“The space will allow us to offer a flexible array of work, meeting and event spaces aimed at solving problems for individuals who currently work from home,” he said. “We're pundits of the co-working movement, thought leaders in the flexible workspace industry, visionaries for the future of work and resident-stakeholders in our community.”

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Ashleigh Ruhl is a contributor for the Grunion. She can be reached at

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