In February 2007, the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners unanimously adopted a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program for all Port of Los Angeles construction and personal services contract awards. The action taken by the Board demonstrates the Port’s commitment to small businesses, and recognizes that this significant community resource can contribute to the growth of the Port of Los Angeles and provide economic benefits for the City of Los Angeles.
The Port's Contracts and Purchasing Division has been charged with the responsibility to implement, administer, and report quarterly to the Board regarding program effectiveness. The Port's Executive Director, Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D., has set an overall department goal of 25% for small business participation in Port contracts.
Working with Port staff, Contracts and Purchasing performs outreach to the entire business community and encourages those businesses that desire Port contract opportunities to register with Los Angeles Business Assistance Virtual Network (LABAVN). LABAVN is a comprehensive online contractor/supplier registration and contract management system. LABAVN provides access to an industry specific contractor directory for researching, sourcing, and managing contract opportunities for large and small businesses, and for identifying potential sub-contracting opportunities associated with contract awards issued by the Port and the City of Los Angeles.
Both the Board and Port staff are committed to the SBE Program. We are anxious to provide contracting opportunities through LABAVN to all businesses, including women-owned and minority-owned businesses, by providing a pool of specifically matched, industry related potential sub-contractors, with less paperwork, and a more targeted way of doing business.
Port of Los Angeles staff looks forward to working with all businesses, both large and small, as participation increases in this new Port initiative.
For more information, please contact Tricia Carey, Contract and SBE Program Administrator at (310) 732-7656.
Small Business Enterprise Program Overview (click here)
Small Business Enterprise Program Fact Sheet (click here)
Resources (click here)
Certifications (click here)