BIS 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)

  • Applicant must be certified by the State of California Department of General Services (DGS) as a Small Business (SB); OR
  • Applicant must be certified by the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Contract Administration (BCA) as a Small Local Business (SLB)
  • Firm's three (3) year average gross receipts must be less than $7.0 million (for Non-Construction)
  • Firm's three (3) year average gross receipts must be less than $14.0 million (for Construction)

Qualifications for Emerging Business Enterprise (EBE)

  • Applicant must be certified by the State of California Department of General Services (DGS) as a Small Business-Micro (SB-Micro); OR
  • Applicant must be certified by the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Contract Administration (BCA) as a Small Local Business (SLB)
  • Firm's three (3) year average gross receipts must be less than $3.5million.

Qualifications for Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE)

  • Applicant must be certified by the State of California Department of General Services (DGS) as a 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 http://www.labavn.org 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 Enterprise (LBE)

  • Applicant must have a workspace within LA County
  • Applicant is in compliance with all applicable laws relating to licensing and is not delinquent on any Los Angeles City or Los Angeles County taxes
  • Can demonstrate:
    • at least 50 of its full-time employees perform work within the boundaries of the County at least 60 percent of their total hours worked on annual basis; or
    • at least half of its full-time employees work within the boundaries of the County at a minimum of 60 percent of their total regular hours worked on annual basis; or
    • it is headquartered in the County of Los Angeles. Headquartered means that the business physically conducts and manages all of its operations from a location in the County.

Register your firm at https://www.labavn.org 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)

  • Has a proposed contract with the City of Los Angeles (City) valued at no less than One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) and has a term of no less than three (3) years;
  • Can demonstrate it is a party to an enforceable, contractual right to occupy a commercial space within Los Angeles County (County) and its occupancy will commence no later than 60 days after the date on which the contract with the City is executed by submitting to the City a copy of a lease, deed or other sufficient evidence;
  • Can demonstrate, before it is scheduled to begin performance under a contract with the City, proof of ability to satisfy one of the following requirements by submitting to the City a business plan or other evidence deemed sufficient by the Designated Administrative Agency:
     
    • at least 60 of its full-time employees perform work within the boundaries of the County at least 60 percent of their total regular hours worked on an annual basis; or
    • at least half of its full-time employees work within the boundaries of the County at a minimum of 60 percent of their total regular hours worked on an annual basis;
    • it is headquartered in the County. "Headquartered" means that the business physically conducts and manages all of its operations from a location in the County.