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The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority has a preference program as outlined in Policy 5.12 and Policy 5.14 that may be applied on select business/bid opportunities. Instructions on how to apply the preference program will be identified in the specific solicitation. To be considered a small business and eligible for a preference, a business concern must meet one of the criteria listed below:

  • An enrollee in the Authority’s Bonding and Contract Financing Assistance Program; or
  • A certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) by the California Unified Certification Program; or
  • A business concern that possesses valid certification issued by an agency, approved by the Authority, that verifies the firm is within the SBA size standards

The most current list of agencies that have certifications acceptable to the Authority is listed below. Certifications must be specific to the trade being performed by the small business concern. It is the responsibility of the business concern to verify that the particular certification does in fact comply with the SBA size standard and that the certifying agency has in fact verified SBA compliance. The Authority reserves the right to further investigate and verify a business concerns’ size standard with the certifying agency. The Authority is not required to accept a small business certification if the Authority is unable to verify compliance with the SBA size standards.

Acceptable Certifications:

  • A California Department of General Services (DGS) Small Business Certification provided that the SBA size standard for the specific trade is not less than $14 million or 100 employees; or
  • A DGS Micro Business Certification provided that the SBA size standard for the specific trade is not less than $3.5 million or 25 employees. (EXAMPLE: The SBA size standard uses an average of $7 million over three years to qualify as a small business for a specific trade. The Authority will not accept the DGS’ Small Business certification for that trade, but will accept the Micro Business certification.); or
  • A City of San Diego Small/Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) Certification provided that a Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) must provide evidence to the City of San Diego that they meet the SBA size standards. Authority will seek such verification from the City. It is the DVBE’s responsibility to provide that information to the City’s SLBE program prior to submission of any proposals to the Authority; or
  • A Greater San Diego Business Association Small Business Certification.

Airport Concession Small Business

In the event solicitation is for an airport concession, small business must demonstrate that they meet the size standard as outlined in 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 23, Section 23.33. NOTE: Certifications submitted to the Airport Authority are NOT acceptable for bid submittal while under review.

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