(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Commissioner Jean Monestime advocated for local small businesses during Tuesday’s County Commission meeting by sponsoring an ordinance, adopted unanimously by the Board of County Commissioners that sets aside County contracts for goods and services valued up to $100,000 exclusively for small businesses in Miami-Dade.
The Ordinance significantly increases the County’s investment in local small businesses by requiring County Departments to use companies registered with the County’s “Small Business Enterprise” (SBE) Program. The SBE Program is a gender/race neutral program for procurement contracts designed to provide opportunities for certified small businesses. According to the Sustainability, Planning and Economic Enhancement Department which oversees the County’s small business development programs, Miami-Dade County spent $19.7 million last year on goods and services valued under $100,000. However, SBE’s current share of those funds only account for about 10 percent of that total. Per Monestime’s adopted ordinance, Departments must purchase goods and services under this threshold from SBE firms unless the Small Business Development Director determines that there is not enough capacity, or the contract(s) can only be handled by non-SBE firms.
“Using our certified small businesses means we’re guaranteeing that local companies get the work,” said Commissioner Monestime. “Our SBE Program employs people in our neighborhoods and keep taxpayer dollars circulating in our communities.”
For more information, please contact Commissioner Monestime’s office at 305-375-4833.