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Capital Improvement Program - Small Business Initiatives

The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners directed departments with capital improvement programs to create small business sections to work with small businesses to provide opportunities for the communities and to act as a liaison with Miami-Dade County's Small Business Development Section. On September 14, 2015, the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department initiated the Small Business Initiatives Section (SBI).

Other objectives include:
  • Provide support to small businesses participating in the multi-billion dollar capital improvement program
  • Advocate for small business opportunity and economic advancement on Water and Sewer Department projects
  • Build relationships and partnerships for Water and Sewer Department contractors and service providers

Small Business and Local Workforce Initiatives:
  • Build a larger contractor pool to ensure equity and fairness on Water and Sewer Department projects
  • Provide an opportunity for knowledge and skills transfer
  • Provide access to technical training and resources
  • Offer a loan program for Consent Decree projects
  • Establish partnerships with the utility, construction and trade industries
  • Provide events to encourage and engage the community for support and inclusion in Water and Sewer Department activities and projects
  • Collect supportive data for reporting and transparency
  • Opportunities for Small Business Enterprise (SBE)
    The Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is an economic engine creating many new jobs, as well as generating an estimate $24.9 billion in economic output. There are numerous opportunities for small businesses in construction, A&E, and goods and services. The program has projects geared exclusively for small business participation that range from $1 to $10 million.
  • Workforce Assistance
    Please refer to CareerSource South Florida and the Laborers' International Union of North America (LiUNA) for workforce assistance.
  • Pre-Bid/Proposal Conference(s)
    Prior to submission of a bid/proposal, a conference is scheduled at the Douglas Road facility to answer questions concerning the bid/proposal solicitation process. The conference provides small, disadvantaged and prime providers with an opportunity to network for possible joint ventures and other subcontracting options.

    Although pre-bid/proposal conferences are not mandatory, SBI encourages small businesses to participate in the conference and site visits.

    For additional information or questions regarding the Small Business Programs at the Water and Sewer Department, call the Small Business Initiatives (SBI) Section at 786-268-5322 or email us at [email protected]


Miami-Dade Water & Sewer Department Small Business Initiatives
3575 S. LeJeune Road
Miami, FL 33143
[email protected] 

Internal Services Department
Small Business Development
111 NW 1st Street, 19th Floor
Miami, FL 33128
[email protected]