DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE PROGRAM
SMG, on behalf of the LSED, is committed to achieving inclusion of minority and women-owned business with respect to the procurement of goods, products and services required for the operation, maintenance and repair at the SMG-managed facilities. Through this program, it is our intention to remove any barriers which may impede participation by DBE-certified firm. The DBE program will be administered in accordance with applicable state and locals laws.
While we will not mandate any specific DBE percentage participation, prospective business partners will be encouraged to include information on participation of DBE companies in bids and proposals submitted to SMG and, when applicable, DBE participation will be evaluated by SMG in its selection process along with all other factors applicable to the selection of a business partner. The goal of this program is to offer opportunities to a broader range of service providers and vendors.
For purposes of confirmation of DBE certification, SMG will use the City of New Orleans SLDBE directory. We strongly encourage all of our business partners to register with these directories if their ownership structure meets the criteria for DBE certification. For all future price quotes, solicitation for services and request for qualification/proposals, SMG will request that; if applicable, respondent provide their SLDBE credentials to confirm DBE status.
City of New Orleans SLDBE Certification
City of New Orleans SLDBE Directory