Business Inclusion Program and Local Business Preference

Business Inclusion Program

Based on the Mayor's Executive Directive 14, this program became operational on July 1, 2011. This program was implemented to widen the participation of small and disabled veteran businesses in City contracts. It includes 3 certification categories for (1) Small Business Enterprise (SBE), (2) Emerging Business Enterprise (EBE), and (3) Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE), with the following qualifications:

Qualifications for Small Business Enterprise (SBE)

Qualifications for Emerging Business Enterprise (EBE)

Qualifications for Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE)

Certification/Verification processing on these programs is done through the Los Angeles Business Virtual Assistance Network (LABAVN). Register your firm at and request certification/verification on the program/s that your firm may qualify.

Local Business Preference

This program is based on City of Los Angeles Ordinance No. 181910 - Local Business Preference Program that became effective November 28, 2011. It encourages businesses to compete for City contracting opportunities, to locate operations in the City of Los Angeles, and to encourage existing local businesses to refrain from relocating to different, less expensive area.

Qualifications for Local Business Preference (LBP)

Register your firm at and upload a completed Affidavit of Eligibility.

Provisionally Qualified Local Business

Provisionally Qualified Local Business (PQLB) may also participate in the Local Business Preference Program by completing a PQLB Affidavit of Eligibility form and submit it with bid documents to the Awarding Department.

Qualifications for Provisionally Qualified Local Business (PQLB)