For the past 15 years, the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority has ensured that local and small companies, including all women- and minority-owned and disabled-veteran businesses in San Diego County, have every opportunity to do business with the airport.
They have played key roles in capital projects including the Green Build Terminal 2 expansion – the largest improvement project in the airport’s history – and the consolidated Rental Car Center.
The Airport Authority awarded $415 million in Green Build contracts to local businesses (90 percent of the contracts) and $118 million to small businesses.
For the Rental Car Center, local businesses received more than $186.2 million in construction contracts, amounting to nearly 60 percent of the total project cost. Of the contracts that went to local businesses, $70.4 million – or 38 percent – went to small businesses. Also noteworthy is that $70.4 million represented nearly the entire amount ($73 million) that was available for small businesses.
Our small business strategy begins with this philosophy: “There’s room at the inn for everybody.”
Ever since the Airport Authority began operating the airport in 2003, the goal has been to create a level playing field that attracts businesses of all sizes; and that provides opportunities for workers of all genders and ethnicities.
That philosophy has grown into a firm commitment from the Board and a passionate belief by staff that everyone can benefit from being a part of the work we provide.
Across the country, airports look to San Diego International Airport as a model for engaging small and local businesses. The Airport Authority works closely with contractors to split projects into small packages, when possible, to allow small businesses the opportunity to bid on them.
The Airport Authority also holds small business outreach events on an ongoing basis to help local companies get involved in projects at the airport. As a result of this commitment, the Airport Authority has established a strong track record of inclusiveness.
Most recently, the Small Business Development program:
The Airport Authority is committed to the growth of the San Diego region. Small Business Development was established to ensure that Local, Small, Historically Underutilized, Service-Disabled Veteran and Emerging Businesses have every opportunity to do business with the Airport Authority. The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is an avenue of support to San Diego County’s small business community, conducting outreach and providing business development services for contracting, professional services and procurement opportunities at San Diego International Airport. Small Business Development acts as a resource for all the departments within the San Diego International Airport to foster opportunities for small businesses.
Our Mission is to build relationships between the Airport and the small business community by providing valuable resources that exceed expectations and increase diversity.
Growing up in Michigan, Onofre Garza JR (JR) always had his eyes set on the West Coast. That realty came true over 31 years ago when he came to the Golden State to pursue his dream of becoming a California Highway Patrol officer. After arriving, JR needed a job to support himself while he prepared for his CHP career. He quickly found work on a construction crew. A funny thing happened at this side job…JR found out that not only did he enjoy working in construction he was really good at it. He has been in the construction industry ever since.
Over the years JR worked for different general contractors learning just about every trade in the industry. Eventually he worked his way into a leadership role as a Project Manager. Throughout his career JR was always looking for ways to innovate. While he learned different strategies and techniques from many of his employers – he never felt empowered to employ his full vision. There was only one thing to do – start his own company.
JR was so confident in his vision that he founded JR Garza Construction and Management, Inc. in 2008, in spite of the fact the country was in the midst of the subprime mortgage crisis and the subsequent Great Recession. In those early days, JR Garza Construction and Management served as a General Contractor and was focused on medical and educational facilities. The company’s attention to detail and quality work was recognized by their clients and their reputation rapidly grew. As their reputation grew, so did the company.
In 2011, JR saw new opportunities to diversify the company and founded JRG Services that specializes as a subcontractor performing demolition, concrete saw cutting & concrete coring, steel framing, and drywall installation. This strategy was also a great success.
In 2014, the company was fortunate enough be included in the San Diego International Airport expansion and served as a subcontractor helping build many of the new 17 retail outlets in terminal two. An added bonus while working on this project was being awarded both a DBE and SBA designation…both of which have played important roles in helping secure additional projects.
Today, JR Garza Construction & Management and JRG Services work on projects throughout the western United States. Two areas of specialty include the hospitality and pharmaceutical industries.
Outside of work, JR is a family man at heart…as they are the reason he works so hard. An avid camper, on holidays you can often find JR and his family in the desert enjoying the open space.
Small Business Development offers a regular series of monthly workshops in the evenings from 6 – 8 p.m. Check the calendar to find a workshop that interests you.
Below are descriptions on some of the workshops offered throughout the year. Class sizes are small to allow for more personalized instruction, therefore pre-registration is a requirement.
Recognizing that the main barriers for small businesses have been a lack of access to bonding and financing, the airport's Bonding and Contract Financing Assistance Program assists small contractors in establishing first time bonding or increasing their current bonding capacity and financing for airport contract work.
Enrollment Information - The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Bonding and Contract Financing Assistance Program is open to all experienced and licensed small businesses interested in participating.
To obtain more information, please contact the Bonding Office at (619) 400-2571 or send an appointment request.
The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority (Authority) has received Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and as a condition of receiving this assistance, the Authority has established a:
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program Information and Goals
Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Program Information and Goals
Small Business Assistance Programs
San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center (SDCOC)
San Diego SCORE