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Overview

The Small Business Enterprise (SBE) program provides an opportunity for small businesses to participate in the County's procurement program which includes construction, contractual services, professional consulting services, and commodities.

Fees

There are no fees associated with applying for SBE Registration.

Eligibility

Firms must meet the following qualification to be eligible for the program:
  • Principally domiciled in Hillsborough County, Florida
  • Independently owned and operated
  • Employs twenty-five (25) or fewer permanent full-time employees
  • Annual gross sales averaged over a three year period doesn't exceed $3 million
  • Must have been established for a period of one year
  • Serves a commercially useful function
  • Franchises, subsidiaries and affiliates are not eligible for this program
  • Service-Disabled Veterans are eligible for registration under this program as long as they meet the requirements listed above 

Benefits

  • Capital Construction projects less than $500,000 may be set aside for bidding by registered SBEs only
  • Purchases of contractual services, commodities and professional consulting services may be set aside for competition among registered SBE firms only
  • Periodic seminars and workshops are conducted for the firms benefit (such as the Small Contractor Development Program)
  • We may allow the issuance of joint checks for the SBE and their material supplier

Things To Consider

  • We require certified SBEs to complete and submit the Recertification/Reregistration Update Affidavit bi-annually for a review of their program eligibility status
  • As a perquisite to recertification, you must provide evidence completing a total of at least eight (8) hours of formal business training during the prior two-year period
    • We will accept attendance at institutions within the State of Florida that are accredited to offer business-related courses
    • You are exempt from the  eight-hour formal business requirement if your businesses has been in business for more than 10 continuous years
    • The qualifying owner must take the training
  • If you submit a timely affidavit for recertification, you will remain certified until the Economic Development Department has made a new determination of eligibility

How To

  1. Go to HCFLGov.net/MWSBE
  2. Click the Apply for SBE Registration link
  3. Click create account
  4. Fill out and submit the application

What's Next

We will review the application and notify you of the results.

 

Resources

Disadvantaged Minority/Disadvantaged Woman Business Entity (DM/DWBE) Certification

Minority Certification and Small Business Registration are services provided at no cost to business owners. One-on-one and Spanish-language assistance with applications and documentation is available by calling Rita Sauri at (813) 307-8309 to schedule an appointment.

Certificación y Registro minoría pequeña empresa son los servicios proporcionados sin costo alguno para los propietarios de negocios. Uno-a-uno y asistencia en idioma español con las aplicaciones y la documentación está disponible llamando Rita Sauri al (813) 307-8309 para programar una cita.

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(813) 272-7232

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