Small Business Enterprise program
Pace's Small Business Enterprise (SBE) program provides greater opportunity
for small businesses to participate in Pace's contracting process as prime
contractors. Under the SBE program, projects estimated to cost between $40,000
and $200,000 will be reviewed to determine if they can be set aside for competitive
bidding among only qualifying SBE firms.
Firms looking to participate in SBE set-aside procurements must be certified
by meeting the following requirements:
- Be an independently owned, for-profit
- Be owned by an individual with a personal
net worth less than $1.32 million; and
- Meet the Small Business Administration's
(SBA) size standard, and not exceed $23.98 million in gross annual receipts.
Companies that are DBE-certified are automatically eligible to participate
in the SBE program (per the Code of Federal Regulations 49 Part 26.39). The
SBE Program is race- and gender-neutral, consistent with Pace's goal
to ensure that businesses of all types and sizes have the opportunity to participate
on projects. Areas of opportunity may include but are not limited to materials,
supplies, and equipment.
All businesses interested in bidding on Pace small business set-aside contracts
must be a registered DBE or SBE with Pace or one of the other four Illinois
Unified Certification Program (ILUCP), members: Chicago Transit Authority,
Metra, Illinois Department of Transportation and the City of Chicago.
For additional information on the DBE and SBE certification processes or
to download the application, visit:
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