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.
Through a coordinated
effort among several city departments, the SBE Program provides SBE
certification, procurement opportunities, construction subcontracting
utilization, small business management and technical assistance and
educational services and networking opportunities.
Equal Opportunity Department offers certification services at no cost
for small business owners interested in participating in the SBE
program. Certification workshops are offered quarterly and staff is
available to assist in the application process.
Finance Department provides goods and general services procurement
opportunities for certified small businesses. Small business owners may
participate in the City's SBE Reserve Contract program, where selected
goods and general services contracts are reserved for competition only
among SBE firms.
Construction Subcontracting Utilization
Street Transportation Department encourages the participation of small
businesses on city-funded construction projects. SBE subcontracting
utilization goals are established, where appropriate, on contracts of
more than $50,000. Prime contractors are required to meet, or make good
faith efforts to meet, SBE goals when bidding on City projects. Staff
meets with interested SBE subcontractors, engineers or architects to
explain the city's bid process and provides assistance in resolving
SBE-related issues between general contractors and subcontractors.
For information on current bid opportunities on public works construction projects, go to phoenix.gov/streets/eassbe/index.html.
Small Business Management & Technical Assistance
Community and Economic Development Department helps Phoenix businesses
to create and retain jobs by providing business consulting services.
These include general business planning, marketing, accounting,
financing and loan packaging, organizational development, human resource
management and information technology.
The city also provides
workforce development services, tax incentives to businesses located in
specific incentive areas, collateral assistance on commercial loans,
business site selection and business retention and expansion services.
Educational Services and Networking Opportunities
program offers educational and networking services to help SBE firms
grow and connect to new business opportunities. These services include
certification workshops, consultant and construction subcontracting
networking events and links to other business services.
For more information and to access application materials, visit phoenix.gov/sbe or call the Small Business Resource Line at 602-534-CITY (2489) or 602-534-3476/TTY.
were conducted in 1993 and 1999 to examine disparity between the city's
use of minority, woman and small business enterprises (MWSBEs) and the
availability of these firms in the local market.
In April 2005,
MGT of America, Inc. completed a Minority, Woman and Small Business
Enterprise Program Update Study. As a result of the findings, the City
Council approved revised MWSBE services.
In May 2010, the Phoenix
City Council voted to transition the city’s MWSBE program to a race-
and gender-neutral SBE program to aid local small business owners of any
race. The changes were effective July 1, 2010.