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Small Business Purchasing Program

The Small Business Purchasing Program (SBPP) is a race and gender neutral program designed to provide prime contracting opportunities to small businesses. Through SBPP, the County has established a tiered contracting process in an effort to increase prime contracting opportunities at various contract levels for, but not limited to, professional services and the construction trades, such as:

  • Carpentry
  • Electrical
  • HVAC
  • Masonry
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Roofing


Construction Trades Tiered Contracting

Tier 1

Award on-call contracts valued up to $24,999.99 per project or a five-year term contract with a value not to exceed $500,000 over the contract life

  • No bonding requirement
  • No MBE or WBE subcontracting goals

Tier 2

Award on-call trades contracts valued at $25,000 to $250,000 per project

Tier 3

Design Build valued up to $5 million dollars per project

Tier 4

Design Bid Build contracts value exceeding $5 million dollars per project

Tier 5

Department of Public Works and Transportation and Transportation (DPWT) construction projects must complete the DPWT Prequalification Process

Note: The prequalification process does not apply to Tier 1 through Tier 4 opportunities solicited through the Purchasing Division.

Professional Services (Architect and Engineering) Tiered Contracting

Small Business for Professional Services contracts will be determined by the Procurement Review Group and the Using Agency prior to project advertisement.

In Tier 1, Small Business contracts may be awarded up to $500,000.

In solicitations providing both a Tier 1 and Tier 2 (in excess of $500,000), a firm must self-select in which tier it will compete.

Benefits to Small Businesses

This program affords all small businesses the ability to work directly for and be paid directly by the County. It results in a "30 Days Prompt Payment" from approval of invoice. Small businesses compete with other small businesses in the Tier 1 category.

Approved Certifications

Solicitations will be broken down into tiers on a case-by-case basis, if feasible. Tier 1 will be geared towards small businesses. Certifications accepted in the SBPP include:

Procurement Assistance

Learn more about procurement assistance.

Revised May 12, 2021         


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