SBA guidelines provide a simple online application process that can be completed within minutes. Certification is typically received within 48 hours.
Reciprocity with the State of California
Metropolitan recognizes small/disabled veteran business enterprises certified through the State of California Department of General Services, but still requires all vendors to register with Metropolitan to receive bid notices and other communications.
Training and Workshops
Small business owners are provided tools through workshops and one-on-one meetings to support successful procurement and contracting proposals with a better understanding of Metropolitan’s bidding process.
Incentives for Advertised Contracts
- Construction Contracts: There is a small and/or disabled veteran business enterprise (S/DVBE) subcontractor utilization requirement for all Metropolitan construction contracts over $100,000.
- Professional Services Contracts: There is a 5 percent scoring preference for S/DVBEs and a 5 percent scoring preference for regional businesses.
- Procurement Contracts: There is a 5 percent reduction credit on procurement contract for S/DVBEs and a 5 percent reduction credit for regional businesses. There is a $25,000 maximum reduction credit.
Tap Into Opportunities E-Newsletter
Registered businesses receive Metropolitan’s concise listing of bid opportunities, regional events and news.
Contract Compliance Oversight
The Contract Compliance and Accountability Program (CCAP) monitors construction contracts greater than $100,000 for prime contractor compliance with Metropolitan’s small business requirement (SBR). An SBR is established for each contract based on the dollar value of the contract, scope of work and small business contractor availability. Typically, the minimum SBR is 20 percent.
The CCAP also tracks small business enterprise utilization for all professional services contracts. There are currently no enforced requirements, but established organization goals that range from 18 to 20 percent SBE utilization depending on the type and scope of service contracted.
The Business Outreach Program staff organize and participate in an array of events and programs to promote awareness of opportunities to work with Metropolitan and its 26 member public agencies. These activities include speaking engagements at workshops and symposiums, exhibiting at expos and community events, and hosting seminars and conferences. Staff members also participate on dozens of advisory boards and organize the Connect2MET program, a series of half-day networking workshops for the small business community with representatives from Metropolitan, its member agencies and other regional public agencies.
In some cases, working agreements have been formalized with memorandums of understanding that grant businesses certified as S/DVBE through Metropolitan reciprocity with other agencies:
California Community College Economic & Workforce Development Program
City of San Diego
Los Angeles Community College District
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation
Los Angeles Unified School District
Port of Los Angeles
San Diego County Water Authority
Small Business Development Center-Santa Ana
The Minority Business Development Agency United States Small Business Administration