Certification and Objectives

The Small Business Program is to serve the public interest by spurring economic development through encouraging small businesses to locate and remain in Palm Beach County, especially in the City of West Palm Beach. The Small Business Program does this by making sure that small businesses participate equitably in City contracts for goods, professional services, and construction services. A supplier may participate in the Small Business Program by applying to become a Certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE) with the City.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Is domiciled in Palm Beach County
  2. Is an independently owned and operated business concern that is not owned or controlled by a large business
  3. Performs a commercially useful function and is responsible for execution of a discrete element of work of a contract and carrying out its responsibilities by actually performing, managing, and supervising the work performed
  4. The business’s adjusted gross margin does not exceed:
  •     $3,400,000 in construction
  •     $1,700,000 in commodities
  •     $2,900,000 in professional services
  •     *Above dollar thresholds will be adjusted each October to the consumer price index and shall be in conjunction with Palm Beach County’s office of Small Business Assistance.

Suppliers may apply for certification with the City through one of the following methods:

  1. Complete and submit the SBE Certification Application
  2. Multi Agency Small Business Certification
  3. Obtain a completed Multi-Agency Cover Sheet from the agency your business is currently certified with;
  4. Complete the application of the agency you would like to become certified with and contact them regarding their documentation requirements based on the Certification Inter Local Agreement.
    1. Suppliers are certified for a three year period.

The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, the School Board of Palm Beach County and the City of West Palm Beach are pleased to announce a tri-party Inter-local Agreement that should significantly simplify the certification process for small business enterprises. The new procedure reduces the volume of paperwork required when small and minority/women business owners seek certification with the County, the City or the School Board.


Suppliers that were previously certified by the City, and still meet the certification eligibility criteria may continue participation in the Small Business Program by applying for Re-certification. Re-certification application is available by downloading form the Procurement Division’s website.


  • Monitor the City’s procurement practices to ensure compliance with the Small Business Program Municipal Code
  • Encourage the use of certified small businesses on procurements valued at less than $25,000
  • Establish Small Business Goals on procurements valued at over $25,000
  • Certify businesses meeting the small business criteria
  • Advocate for Small Businesses
  • Perform Audits and Compliance

Compliance and Goals

The City is committed to ensuring full and equitable participation by small businesses in the provision of goods, services and construction to the city. The Small Business Program monitors and enforces compliance in accordance to Ordinance 4172-08.

Small business participation goals have been set within the City’s procurement process to ensure that all small businesses are afforded the maximum opportunity to participate on bids/contracts.

Small Business Participation Goals

Construction under $75,000 15%
Construction over $75,000 15%
CCNA 15%
Consulting/Professional Services 15%
Master Contracts for CCNA 15% for entire contract
Goods and Services over $25,000 10% bid preference