Certification Program Description

The City of Los Angeles offers certification of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE), Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (ACDBE), Minority Business Enterprises (MBE), Women Business Enterprises (WBE), and Small Local Business Enterprises (SLBE) . The main purpose of this certification program is to promote opportunities for disadvantaged, minority, women, and small, local business owners who want to participate in City contracting projects.

The Office of Contract Compliance (OCC), Centralized Certification Administration (CCA) is responsible for administering the City's certification program. It certifies qualified firms for DBE, ACDBE, MBE, WBE and SLBE status for the City of Los Angeles. CCA maintains the City of Los Angeles Directory of certified DBE/ACDBE/MBE/WBE and SLBEs.

CCA is an active participant in the California Unified Certification Program (CUCP) as one of the DBE certifying agencies in the State of California. The CUCP was established in 2002 to offer a "One-Stop-Shop" for state-wide certification. CCA enters and updates certified DBEs in the statewide CUCP directory of certified DBE firms which is maintained by Caltrans and played a key role in the implementation of the CUCP Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).

DBE and ACDBE certification applications are processed following the U.S. Department of Transportation's Code of Federal Regulations ( U.S. DOT), 49 CFR, Parts 26 and 23. Part 23 covers the regulations for Airport Concessionaires. The CUCP application form can be downloaded here Disadvantaged Business/Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Application.

The City's MBE and WBE certification applications are processed following the same guidelines for ownership and control under 49 CFR, Parts 26. On February 1, 2009 OCC implemented a streamlined MBE/WBE Certification application and process. The MBE/WBE certification application form can be downloaded here Minority/Women Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE) Application.

The SLB Program was established to encourage participation of small businesses within Los Angeles County in the City of Los Angeles' procurement opportunities. SLB certification applications are processed following the City Ordinance Number 174048. This ordinance amends Division 10, Chapter 1, Article 4 of the Los Angeles Administrative Code. Firms certified as an SLB are given a 10% preference applied to bid contracts of $100,000 or less. The SLB application form can be downloaded here Small Local Business (SLB) Application.   Certification is valid for two calendar years from the date of approval.  To maintain certification, firms must submit a SLB Biennial Affidavit of Eligibility to the Office of Contract Compliance, Centralized Certification Administration.  The affidavit can be downloaded here SLB Biennial Affidavit of Eligibility.

The Local Business Preference Program, established through Ordinance No. 181910, was implemented to encourage Los Angeles County- based businesses to participate in City contracting opportunities by giving them a preference on their bids or proposals. To apply for this certification, applicants should first register their company at LABVN. Applicants must download the Local Business Certification Affidavit of Eligibility, complete and sign the form, and upload the completed form to their company profile on LABAVN.

The Business Inclusion Program, established through the Mayor's Executive Directive No. 14, was implemented to ensure that more small businesses can participate in City contracts. The program grants certifications as Small Business Enterprise (SBE-LA), Emerging Business Enterprise (EBE), and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE). To be recognized for any of these certifications, the business should currently be certified by the California Department of General Services (CA-DGS) in the respective certification. To apply for these certifications, go to the CA Department of General Services certification link. After being certified by the CA-DGS, the applicant should request for recognition through their company profile on LABAVN.

The SBE (Proprietary) program was implemented July 1, 2016 to consolidate the small business certification for the City’s Propriety Departments (DWP, POLA and LAWA). The program follows the size criteria set forth by the Small Business Administration 8(a) Business Development Program or the State of California DGS Small Business Program (whichever is larger). Firms already certified by accepted agencies do not have to complete the SBE (Proprietary) Application and will be recognized as SBE’s by the propriety departments.  The applicant should request for recognition through their company profile on LABAVN.

The Transitional Job Opportunities Program (TJOP), established through Ordinance No. 176959, was implemented to recognize organizations as transitional employers. These organizations provide job opportunities for the hardest-to-employ or long-term unemployed persons as a way for them to re-enter the mainstream workforce. A certified transitional employer will be granted a preference to contracts that do not exceed $100,000.00. The TJOP application form can be downloaded here, Transitional Job Opportunities Program Application.

CCA is located at 1149 South Broadway Street, Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90015. For Certification Assistance please call (213) 847-2684.