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Small Business Enterprise Program


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The city of St. Petersburg is committed to assisting Small Business Enterprises (SBEs), in accordance with the Municipal Code as defined by Section 2-239 to 2-246 of Division 4, Article 5, Chapter 2. Our program's purpose is to foster growth in the economy and provide opportunities for small business. We certify SBEs for contracting and procurement opportunities in construction, goods and services, professional services, and supplies.

Benefits of the SBE Program

  • SBE Goals on project-by-project basis.
  • Sheltered Market (construction set asides and on goods and services)
  • Discounts for goods and services (1-15% for bids and quotes)
  • Possible waiver of bonds
  • Payment assistance / joint checks
  • Progress payments / timely payments by the city
  • Solicitation of certified SBEs for all contracts
  • Technical and financial assistance
  • Workshops, seminars and training programs
  • Plans and specifications at a reduced rate
  • Advocating for reciprocal certification

Eligibility and Criteria
A business that is independently owned, operated and controlled; and is not dominant in its field of operation; and which meets the following criteria:

1.   Serve a commercially useful function
2.   Has been in operation for at least one year
3.   Has 25 employees or less
4.   Has an annual sales volume (averaged over the previous three years) of:
  • Goods/Services/Supplies: $3 million or less
  • Construction: $5 million or less
5.   Has a physical business address located within the limits of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Manatee or Polk counties. (post office box is not acceptable as a business address.)
6.   Be certified by the city's Greenhouse

SBE Certification Process

1.   Complete a city of St. Petersburg SBE application.
2.   Register your company with the purchasing department

3.   Effective August 1, 2009, all SBEs are required to attend the following core classes:

  • How to Do Business with the City of St. Petersburg
  • Disaster Preparedness/Recovery for Small Business Owners
  • City Services and Incentives

In addition to the above core classes, companies are required to attend the following business-related courses based on specialty: 

Companies providing Construction Services

  • Basics of Bonding (Part 1 or 2)
  • Estimating and Bidding

Companies providing Goods and Services

  • Pricing Fundamentals-Gross Profit Margin & Markup (Pricing for Profit)

Classes must be taken within 90 days of certification/re-certification (or certification/recertification will be revoked). 
For workshop dates, check the Greenhouse training calendar on the web at: StPeteGreenhouse.org and
call (727) 893-7146 to register.

SBE Re-Certification Process
Current city of St. Petersburg SBEs renewing their existing certification need to complete:

1.   Re- certification application, affidavit and required documents

Completed SBE applications can be mailed to:

       The Greenhouse 
       City Hall Annex
       440 Second Avenue North
       St. Petersburg, FL 33701

If you have any questions or are in need of assistance, do not hesitate to contact the Greenhouse at 727-893-7146 or contact one of our specialists directly.

Small Business Enterprise (SBE) vendors are only certified as meeting the established criteria of the existing SBE program and not certified as qualified in any other area. The city of St. Petersburg is not recommending and does not endorse SBE vendors. The city is not responsible for and disclaims any representation made by any SBE vendor. You must do the appropriate due diligence before selecting an SBE vendor.

City of St. Petersburg
P.O. Box 2842
St. Petersburg, FL 33731

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  • tty: 727-892-5259
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