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Equal Opportunity Contracting

Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) Program

It is the City of San Diego's policy to encourage greater availability, capacity development and contract participation by Small Local Business Enterprises (SLBEs) in City contracts.

This policy is intended to further the City's compelling interest to stimulate economic development through the support and empowerment of the local community. It also strives to ensure that it is neither an active nor passive participant in marketplace discrimination as well as to promote equal opportunity for all segments of the contracting community.

Small local businesses that are certified as Small Local Business Enterprises/Emerging Local Business Enterprises (SLBE/ELBEs) are eligible to receive benefits such as restricted bidding, bid discounts and preference points when bidding on City contracts.


To complete an online New or Renewal SLBE/ELBE Certification Application, you must be registered in the City of San Diego's online vendor portal. To register and/or apply, click the button below.

Prior to starting the Certification Application, all applicants MUST review the following documents:

The application and associated documents are not public records, subject to the Public Records Act and are not open to public inspection. All information provided will be kept confidential to the extent permitted by law.

If you have questions about how to complete the online application, please call (619) 236-6000

We look forward to receiving your application and encourage you to pursue city projects as prime/subcontractors, consultants and/or goods and services providers.

Register and Apply Here

For other questions or concerns, call (619) 236-6000 or email