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Local and Small Business
In order to receive the Local and Small business preference:

  • Suppliers must meet eligibility requirements and complete the “Qualifications for this Agency”
  • For hard copy submission, a completed and signed Local and Small Business Preference form must be included in the bid package. 
  • If the forms are not properly completed and submitted with bid, the preference will not be granted, even if your business qualifies. 

Eligibility of local and small business:

Local Business Enterprise (LBE)
Suppliers must have a current San José Business Tax Certificate Number and have an office in Santa Clara County with at least one employee.
  • If the basis of award is price determinative (awarded to the low bidder) then the amount of the preference shall be 2.5% of cost.
  • If the basis of ward is points determinative (“best value”) then the amount of the preference shall be 5% of total points.

Small Business Enterprise (SBE)
In order to claim the additional SBE Preference Suppliers must first qualify as an LBE and have a total number of employees of 35 or less (regardless of where they are located). Note: The SBE preference may not be claimed if the supplier does not meet the LBE requirements.

  • If the basis of award is price determinative (awarded to the low bidder) then the amount of the preference shall be an additional 2.5% of cost. 
  • If the basis of award is points determinative (“best value”) then the amount of the preference shall be an additional 5% of total points.