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Small Business Certification

The City of Long Beach adopted a Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Very Small Business Enterprise (VSBE), and Local Small Business Enterprise (LSBE) Ordinance in June 2011 to encourage more small businesses to participate in City contracts.  Small Business certification can be obtained through our bidder’s database registration.

The City of Long Beach utilizes the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) size standards based on the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes.  To see if your business qualifies, view the SBA’s Table of Small Business Size Standards.

The City determines SBE eligibility by utilizing federal U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) size standards either by the average gross annual revenue or by the number of employees, based on North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes.

VSBE eligibility is determined utilizing maximum allowable annual gross revenues consistent with those of the State of California’s Department of General Services’ “micro-business” designation. The current guidelines for this designation can be accessed on the California Department of General Services website.

LSBE eligibility shall be determined by the criteria established in Municipal Code section 2.84.030, subdivisions (1) and (2), in addition to the SBE eligibility criteria described above.

If you are a small business, you must register and obtain SBE certification through the City's online bid management system.

Registered vendors can also use this database, to find a list of certified SBEs.