We have access to a wide range of experts in fields as diverse as supervisory training to PLC training. We partner with federal, state and local agencies, as well as being a member of several training consortiums. The Business Enterprise Center at Wright State University—Lake Campus provides free, comprehensive counseling and management training to new and existing small businesses. Disadvantaged Business Enterprise is a certification program under the U. S. Department of Transportation for minority and/or women owned, operated and controlled firms that are involved in highway and airport construction. A SBE meets specific economic criteria and is owned, operated and controlled by one or more people.
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. 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. High-quality, customized business and industry training is available through the Business Enterprise Center at a reasonable cost.
The SBE certifications determine if a small-scale enterprise is a business that employs a small number of workers and does not have a high volume of sales. Such enterprises are generally privately owned and operated sole proprietorships, corporations or partnerships. The legal definition of a small business and the specific criteria for an agency’s SBE Program may vary from agency to agency. The Center for Corporate and Professional Development provides non-credit executive and professional development trainings to individuals and employees throughout Alaska. These customized courses cover a broad range of competencies including supervisory, management and leadership development, Lean Six Sigma, as well as soft skill development such as conflict and change management as well as business writing.
If the project is complete when the report is published, the final SBE utilization amounts are also shown. These reports are a great way of understanding what kind of work is being subcontracted and what opportunities might exist for your business. Certification will improve the County’s ability to secure goods and services from viable small businesses and increase the procurement base. Certification will allow your company to receive maximum exposure to the public procurement process, as well as ensure that your company is included in all training, networking and development opportunities. The DBE program started with Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982, which set a national goal of placing at least 10 percent of federal highway and transit funds with persons who qualify as disadvantaged small business operators. We look forward to receiving your application and encourage you to pursue city projects as prime/subcontractors, consultants and/or goods and services providers.
To become a participant in the BEP, potential trainees must pass an entry exam, as well as a site review and initial interview. Once accepted, they must complete a thorough training program designed to prepare them to operate their own business. The Management Committee actively participates with State Services for the Blind, the state licensing agency, in major administrative decisions and policy and program development affecting the overall administration of all business enterprises. The BEP administers this program under the authority of the federal Randolph-Sheppard Act and has an exclusive authority to establish vending businesses on state property.
Classes are delivered onsite at customer locations as well as in open enrollment format. Alaska Procurement Technical Assistance Center works collaboratively to provide businesses with the tools necessary to navigate the complexities of the government marketplace. Contract specialists are available to provide no cost technical assistance on government contracting matters, through seminars and one-on-one advising.
The BEP is for individuals who are legally blind, a minimum of 18 years of age, in good physical and mental health, a U. S. citizen and a resident of the State of Utah for at least one year. Good math and cognitive skills really are a must, as successful applicants will be overseeing the day to day operations of their own business.