AN ORDINANCE OF THE MACON-BIBB COUNTY COMMISSION TO AMEND THE MACON-BIBB COUNTY CODE OF ORDINANCES, PART III, CHAPTER 19, ARTICLE II, BY ADDING DIVISION III, SMALL LOCAL BUSINESS ENTERPRISE PROGRAM, SEC.19-61. AFFIRMATIVE PROCUREMENT INITIATIVES FOR ENHANCING SLBE CONTRACT PARTICIPATION; AND FOR OTHER LAWFUL PURPOSES.
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Small Local Business Enterprise Program
Effective July 1, 2016
The Small Local Business Enterprise Program (hereinafter referred to as “SLBE”) is a race and gender-neutral procurement tool for Macon-Bibb County’s use in its efforts to ensure that all segments of its local business community have a reasonable and significant opportunity to participate in County contracts for construction, architectural and engineering services, professional services, non-professional services, and commodities. The Small Local Business Enterprise Program also furthers the County’s public interest to foster effective broad-based competition from all segments of the vendor community, including but not limited to, minority business enterprises, small business enterprises and local business enterprises.
There is no application fee for SLBE certification. All applications for certification must be accompanied by a sworn affidavit attesting to the accuracy and truthfulness of the information provided. Macon-Bibb County shall provide eligibility determinations for new candidates within 90 days of receipt of a complete application.
Definitions: Macon-Bibb County Section 19-56-19-65 Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE)
“Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE)
“: an independently owned firm that is not dominant in its industry and that satisfies all requirements of being both a “Small Business Enterprise” and a “Local Business Enterprise”
“Independently Owned, Managed, and Operated
“: ownership of a SLBE firm must be direct, independent, and by individuals only. Business firms that are owned by other businesses or by the principals or owners of other businesses that cannot themselves qualify under the SLBE eligibility requirements shall not be direct and independent of the influence of any other businesses that cannot themselves qualify under the SLBE eligibility requirements.
“Local Business Enterprise
“: a firm having a Principal Place of Business and a Significant Employment Presence in Macon-Bibb County, Georgia. This definition is subsumed within the definition of Small Local Business Enterprise.
Size Standard Eligibility Requirements:
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- Small Local Business Enterprise (“SLBE”)
A Small Local Business Enterprise, as defined by Section 19-56 of the Macon-Bibb County Code of Ordinances, shall have the following size limitations:
- The SLBE must not have employed more than fifty (50) full-time employees at any one time during the last three years; and
- The SLBE must have annual gross revenues within its largest primary NAICS commodity code as averaged over its most recent past three fiscal years of not more than $13.5 million for construction firms, specialty trade contractors, and manufacturing firms; not more than 1.2 million for architectural firms; not more than $1.2 million for professional services firms (e.g., scientific, real estate, insurance, accounting, legal, etc.); not more than $1.2 million for engineering firms; and not more than $1.2 million for wholesale operations, retail firms, and all other services firms (e.g., truck transportation, administrative support services, repair and maintenance services).
- If a business has not existed for 3 years, the employment and gross sales limits described above shall be applied based upon the annual averages over the course of the existence of the business not to exceed the three years. Once the gross annual receipts of a business exceed the gross sales average limits, it should no longer be eligible to benefit as an SLBE firm and should be graduated from the program.
- Eligibility for the SLBE Program
To meet the size standard requirements for the SLBE Program, per Sections 19-56 and 19-58 of the Macon-Bibb County Code of Ordinances, a firm must comply with the size standards outlined in section 1 above.