Additional Certifications

Local Business Enterprise (LBE)

LBE businesses must be based in San Francisco city limits and operating in the City for at least 6 months. Certified LBE businesses can obtain a bid discount depending on the size of the business. This kind of certification and discount can make your bid more competitive, and therefore more likely to win a contract. 

SF Public Utilities Commission Local Business Enterprise (PUC-LBE)

PUC-LBE businesses have similar requirements and benefits to regular LBEs. However, these businesses are not limited to a City location. Instead, they can be located anywhere in the Hetch Hetchy watershed where the SF Public Utilities Commission (PUC) operates.  

Nonprofit Enterprise

Similar to the LBE certification but for nonprofit entities headquartered in San Francisco.

Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE)

The California Unified Certification Program (CUCP) certifies small, minority and women businesses seeking to participate in the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program. This includes airport concession openings at the SF International Airport (SFO) that have a small business requirement. 

The certification process may take up to 3 months to complete, followed by an on-site interview. At this time, SFO does not have a ACDBE goal or requirement to become ACDBE certified. This means becoming certified only helps if SFO has a small business requirement on the lease.

Additional Designations

Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE) or Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE)

Businesses that qualify as small and/or locally-owned businesses and have female or and/or ethnic minority owners, may be designated as Woman-Owned (WBE) or Minority-Owned (MBE) businesses.

This designation is only used to meet internal contracting standards and does not provide any additional discounts or benefits.

To qualify, the woman or minority owner(s) must be the license qualifier(s) and/or possess the credentials required for the main category (small business, local business, etc.) for which they seek certification. If you meet all of the qualifications, the designation will be applied as part of your normal application process. 

Vendor Tips

No one can give assurances that a vendor will receive a particular job. Because the City relies heavily on competitive bidding, no department knows which bidder will receive an award until sealed bids are opened, and the evaluation is completed. 

Never start work without an authorized contract or Purchase Order. In general, no service should be provided, and no goods should be delivered before you receive a written contract from the City. Until the contract purchase order or blanket purchase order is executed by the City, the City has no legal obligation to pay for the order. If you begin work without legal authorization and certification of funds by the Controller, your options may include taking back your merchandise or filing a claim with the City. 

Don’t give gifts. City government is also subject to California law regarding conflict of interest, including the receipt of gifts. In many circumstances, gifts are illegal or, at the very least, must be reported by City officials on state mandated forms. A gift could be a traditional present, or even a meal.

Last modified date: Fri, 02/10/2017 - 16:02