The Airport Authority has set an Authority-wide priority for the Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program to maximize efforts to promote the program’s success. The focus of the SBE Program is to increase the number of small businesses certified in business categories where the Airport Authority anticipates procurements, as well as, increase spending with certified SBEs to the maximum extent practicable. More specifically, the Small Business Enterprise Program is designed to increase opportunities for qualified small businesses located within the Air Trade Area (Michigan counties of Genesee, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne) to participate in non-federally funded Airport Authority contracts. Certified SBE firms that submit bids, proposals, responses or quotes in reply to Airport Authority solicitations for goods and services are eligible to receive an equalization credit. The Airport Authority also makes certain bidding opportunities available only to Certified SBE’s through the SBE Development Program.
Although participation in the SBE Program at the Airport Authority is completely voluntary SBE certification is required to receive equalization credit and to participate in SBE Development Contracts. To obtain certification in connection with a bid, proposal, response or quote, firms must submit a completed SBE Certification Application and all required supporting documentation to the Airport Authority by the solicitation submission deadline. The exception is where a bid opportunity is labeled SBE Development. In this instance, all firms bidding must already be approved as an Airport Authority SBE by the bid submission deadline.