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Small Business Procurement Initiative
Learn more about Pennsylvania's Small Business Procurement Initiative
Initiative will allow small businesses to bid on prime state contracting opportunities
With the new Small Business Procurement Initiative, for the first time, small businesses will be able to bid on prime state contracting opportunities without having to compete with larger, more established firms.
In addition, the program sets out to eliminate many of the barriers small businesses face by reducing paperwork bureaucracy, loosening bonding requirements and expediting payments. Training programs will also be offered to all self-certified businesses.
On November 21, 2011, Governor Tom Corbett signed Executive Order 2011-09 establishing the Small Business Procurement Initiative and directing the Department of General Services (DGS) to develop initiatives to create more opportunities in procurement for small businesses.
The executive order firmly establishes the Commonwealth's commitment to providing opportunities for small businesses to compete for prime contracting opportunities with the goal of promoting the economic growth and success of small businesses.
The Department of General Services looks forward to providing updates to the program on their website as they develop, as online self-certification is only the first step to launching the SBPI. The department encourages you to review all the program information presented on this page as well as the links to additional information on the DGS program as well as other small business assistance programs offered through other state agencies.
Businesses interested in participating as a small business in the Small Business Procurement Initiative must first register to do business with the Commonwealth and self-certify as a "small business." To self-certify and participate in the Small Business Procurement Initiative, a business must meet each of the following requirements:
|•||The business must be a for-profit, United States business.|
|•||The business must be independently owned.|
|•||The business may not be dominant in its field of operation.|
|•||The business may not employ more than 100 full-time equivalent employees.|
|•||The business, by type, may not exceed the following three-year average gross sales*:|
For more information about the Small Business Procurement Initiative and eligibility requirements, click here to visit the governor's small business website.
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