DCBA Celebrates National Small Business Week 2017

Updated May 2, 2017

Los Angeles County is joining the country in celebrating National Small Business Week, designated as April 30 through May 6 by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) works year-round to provide support services and programs to local small businesses, including the Social Enterprise preference program, designed to increase contracting opportunities for businesses with the primary goal of enhancing Los Angeles County through economic, social, and environmental sustainability.

The first-of-its kind Social Enterprise preference program is part of L.A. County’s Contracting Connections program.

Several local businesses are part of the first wave of certified Los Angeles County Social Enterprise businesses, including Hub Cities and the Southeast Area Social Services Funding Authority. These businesses and many more not only improve the community as part of their primary mission, but compete for and win lucrative Los Angeles County contracts thanks to the Social Enterprise certification.

“Many times small businesses have the desire to help the community but are unaware of the resources that are available to them. Being able to obtain this kind of (Social Enterprise) certification will be very beneficial. It will open the door to many new possibilities,” said Jose Martinez, Executive Director of Hub Cities, which offers employment and training services to adults, youth, and dislocated workers in the community as well as subsidized work experience opportunities to youth participants.

“I think the certification for social enterprises is a great idea and really widens the pool of expertise that can assist L.A. County meet its myriad of needs,” said Kirk Kain, Executive Director of Southeast Area Social Services Funding Authority, which features senior services and workforce development programs.

Through the Contracting Connections program, the County has a goal to have 25 percent of eligible county contracts go to certified local small businesses, and 3 percent going to disabled veteran-owned businesses.

Once a small business is certified, they can benefit from these programs by receiving a 15 percent price preference when bidding on county contracts.

With $1 billion in county contracts available to small businesses, opportunities are increasing to submit bids on anything from office supply purchases to painting services.

For more information on all of DCBA’s Small Business Services, call (323) 881-3964.