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Social Enterprise

Certified SEs get exclusive listing on the County’s Online Directory of certified SEs and get featured through DCBA’s online networks.


Bid Preference

SEs are eligible to receive a 15% bid price reduction or ‘preference’* when bidding on certain goods and services solicitations from Los Angeles County.

Exclusive listing on the County’s Online Directory of certified SEs and be featured through DCBA’s online networks

SEs will be placed on the vendor database of certified SE vendors and may be featured on DCBA’s social media accounts.

Direct Access to Opportunity

Attend networking events with County buyers and procurement staff, receive individualized counseling on how to find contracting opportunities and more.

*The actual preference is calculated on the cost or price component of the lowest most responsible and responsive bid amount. The bid price reduction cannot exceed $150,000. The 15% preference is used only to determine the lowest bidder or proposal and does not change the amount of contract award.

What is the Preference Program?

The Social Enterprise Preference Program was designed to increase contracting opportunities for enterprises whose primary purpose is to enhance Los Angeles County through economic, social, and environmental sustainability.

Social Enterprise Program Brochure

Who is eligible to participate?

Your enterprise may qualify for certification if the principal place of business is located in Los Angeles County, or you have a major office located in Los Angeles County; and meet any one of the following criteria:

Has been in operation for at least one (1) year providing transitional jobs, including access to supportive services to a transitional workforce employing at least 51% of a transitional workforce

Is certified as a B Corporation by B Labs or is incorporated as a Benefit or Social Purpose Corporation with the State of California; or

Is certified Green by a city government located within Los Angeles County; or

A business whose primary purpose is the common good as demonstrated through a published mission statement and whose principal business activity is directly related to accomplishing that stated social mission.

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