Business Outreach Programs

Business Outreach

Investing In Southern California Businesses

From minority women-owned engineering firms to a two-person virtual reality startup, our Business Outreach Program is helping small businesses across Southern California grow and thrive.

Since the program’s inception two decades ago – one of the first such initiatives in the state –we invested more than $1.5 billion in Southern California’s small, local and disabled veteran-owned businesses.

Metropolitan’s business outreach team works hand in hand with small business owners to put them on the path to success. Our team advocates on their behalf, both inside and outside Metropolitan, hosts educational and networking events, and highlights relevant contracting opportunities.

While our Business Outreach Program aims to spur economic development across our region through small business investment, it also has generated cost-effective and creative solutions to Metropolitan. As capable and competitive as their larger counterparts, these businesses have nimbly adapted their innovative ideas to our needs. 

Metropolitan’s Goal: providing 25 percent of outside contracts to small, regional and disabled veteran-owned businesses

Incentive Requirements

Small Businesses

Comply with U.S. Small Business Administration industry guidelines and be certified either by the state of California or Metropolitan

Regional Businesses

Have a physical business address in Metropolitan’s service area for at least one year

Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses

Be certified by either the state of California or federal government

Finding Opportunities  

Doing business with Metropolitan starts in one place:

NETConnect

After registering through a simple application process, businesses will receive notices about bid opportunities and have easy access to RFBs, RFPs, and RFQs, as well as bid results. 

Note: technical support for NETConnect is provided directly through NETConnect. 

Let's Connect

Twice a year, Metropolitan hosts resource and networking fairs offering businesses the opportunity to meet directly with Metropolitan staff, member agency representatives and partnering agencies. These Connect2Met events provide businesses tools to win contracts, including detailed insight on how government agencies make purchases and use outside contractors.

Contracting Incentives

We ensure commitment to small, regional and disabled veteran-owned businesses with three particular incentives and requirements:

All construction contracts over $100,000 are required to use small and/or disabled veteran business enterprises for a set percentage of their subcontracting. This small business requirement is established for each contract based on the dollar value of the contract, scope of work and small business contractor availability. It is typically at least 20 percent. Compliance is monitored by Metropolitan. 

A 5 percent scoring preference on professional services contracts is provided to small and disabled veteran businesses. An additional 5 percent scoring preference is provided to regional firms. 

A 5 percent reduction credit on procurement contracts is provided to small and disabled veteran-owned businesses, and an additional 5 percent reduction credit is provided to regional firms, with a $25,000 maximum reduction credit. 

Contacts

Business Outreach Program Manager
Water Innovation & Technology
Water Innovation & Technology
Small Business Certification Officer
Construction & Engineering
Veteran Advocate Sponsorships & Memberships
Business Outreach Hotline