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Seeking to Do Business With the City

The City is continually seeking vendors, suppliers, and contractors who can provide quality products and services at competitive prices. Interested businesses may register with the City for contracting opportunities. The City also has a variety of programs designed to increase opportunities and assist businesses in contracting with the City.

  • The Purchasing & Contracting Department offers workshops on how to conduct business with the City and maintains a list of contracting opportunities.
  • The Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) Program was developed to encourage greater availability, capacity development, and contract participation by Small Local Business Enterprises ("SLBEs") in City contracts. This program provides Bid Discounts and Preference Points (PDF) for certified SLBEs which are additional enhancements in the bidding process designed to increase the chances for selection of SLBE firms in competition with other firms.
  • The Small Business Development Pilot Study & Program provides an in-depth understanding of "How to do Business with the City". The Program identifies and assesses the training needs of small businesses to better position themselves as potential bidders and offers technical assistance and training specifically tailored to pilot participants needs. Contact the City's Small Business Ambassador at (619) 533-6474 for more information.
  • The Mentor Protégé Program pairs protégé firms with mentor firms and provides support to help protégés build capacity, develop business networks, and access public works contracting opportunities. For more information about this program call (619) 236-6000.

For additional information, go to the Purchasing & Contracting Department's Frequently Asked Questions web page.