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Business Relations 

Management Team

 Valerie Churchwell

Deputy Director​

 Kellye Adams

Certification Program ​Manager

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Silvia Valadez

Contract Compliance

 Program ​Manager


The City of Phoenix through a coordinated effort among several city departments, offers  three types of certifications: the Small Business Enterprise (SBE), the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), and the Airport Concessions Disadvantaged (ACDBE) Business Enterprise programs.  ​​The City also offers procurement opportunities, construction subcontracting utilization, small business management and technical assistance and educational services and networking opportunities.

Phoenix is one of the fastest growing, multicultural cities in the country and has shown a historical commitment to business diversity. The city strives to advance the economic growth of local businesses through its Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program.​ This program certifies firms to participate in city of Phoenix business opportunities available for small business owners located in Maricopa County.

SBE certification is valid for providers of goods, general services and construction services. Programs available for certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE) firms include a reserve contract program for providers of goods and general services, and a subcontracting goals program for construction subcontractors.

The Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) program was implemented to remedy discrimination in contracting and procurement opportunities for disadvantaged businesses. It serves to create equal opportunity for those DBE firms doing business with the City of Phoenix on projects receiving federal funds. A DBE is a for-profit small business concern that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged.

A​​​s recipients of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant funding, the Airport is required to have a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program in place for Concessionaires operating at the Airport. This program is known as the  Airport Concessions Disadvantage Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Program. An ACDBE is a for-profit small business concern that operates in Airport Concession areas, such as gift shops, restaurant/food services, etc. The ACDBE Program's intent is to provide a level playing field for ACDBE companies wanting to do business with the ​Airport, and other agencies receiving Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation.



New Final Rule Updates- 5 Key items to remeber

  • Update of personal network and program size thresholds for inflation.
  • ​Modernization of rules for counting material suppliers.
  • Formalization of Onsite flexibilities.
  • Addition of new program elements to increase usage of DBE/ACDBEs with proactive monitoring.
  • Update of certification provisions to give certifiers more flexibility in determining elegibility.


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For more information please call the Certification team at 602-262-6790 or the Compliance team at 602-495-0887

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