Small Local Business Program


Our Commitment

To provide an additional race and gender-neutral tool for the Authority to use in it efforts to ensure that all segments of its local business community have a reasonable and significant opportunity to participate in Clayton County Water Authority (CCWA) contracting.

To also foster effective, broad-based competition from all segments of the vendor community, including, but not limited to, minority business enterprises, women-owned business enterprises and small business enterprises. And, to provide additional avenues for the development of new capacity and new sources of competition for CCWA contracts from the growing pool of small and locally-based businesses.


Who should apply?

This program was established in an effort to promote the participation of small and local firms in the procurements of Architecture and Engineering, Construction, Goods and Services and Professional Services. Small firms locally based inside Clayton County and locally based outside of Clayton County but within the following ten (10) counties, specifically, Cherokee, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Rockdale and Spalding, should complete the SLBE Certification Application.


Provisional Certification

Certifications currently held with Clayton County, DeKalb County or the City of Atlanta will be recognized for a period of two years following approval of a CCWA Provisional Certification Application, after which a CCWA Certification Application will need to be completed.

All firms will be required to completed CCWA's Vendor Registration.


Eligibility for the SLBE Program

  1. Is an independently owned and operated for profit business concern;
  2. Average annual gross receipts for the previous three years must not exceed (1) Construction Firms - $18,250,000; (2) Professional Services Firms - $5,500,000; (3) Architectural Firms - $3,750,000; (4) Engineering Firms - $7,500,000; and Goods & Services - less than 250 employees;
  3. Located and operated in Clayton County (For locally based inside Clayton County Designation) or Cherokee, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Rockdale and Spalding, for at least one year prior to submitting application for certification;
  4. At least 51% owned by one or more of the applicant individuals identified and a citizen or lawfully admitted permanent resident of the United States and be compliant with the residency requirements of the SLBE Program.


Small Local Business Enterprise Program Brochure (PDF)


To find out more about the SLBE Program, contact our office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 770.960.5880 or email us at

The SLBE Certification Application should be returned (by mail, email or in person) to:

Clayton County Water Authority

Contract, Compliance and Risk Management

Attn: Tami McKenzie

1600 Battle Creek Road

Morrow, GA 30260

Phone: 770.960.5880



SLBE Program Forms

SLBE Certification Application

SLBE Provisional Certification Application


CCWA Certified SLBEs

Listing of CCWA Certified SLBEs


SLBE/How To Do Business Workshops

Learn about CCWA's Small Local Business Enterprise Program and procurement opportunities during our monthly workshops. For convenience, these workshops are held on various days and times of the month in our Headquarters Community Room at 1600 Battle Creek Road in Morrow. 

2016 Workshops

You may register for any of these workshops in advance:

January 14 at 9 a.m. February 11 at 5 p.m. March 9 at 2 p.m.
April 12 at 9 a.m. May 19 at 5 p.m. June 15 at 2 p.m.
July 19 at 9 a.m. August 10 at 2 p.m. September 15 at 5 p.m.
October 12 at 9 a.m.    






To register:

Telephone: 770.960.5880


Click here to register online


Social Media Training Workshop for Small Businesses

CCWA is hosting a Social Media Training Workshop for Small Businesses on June 1, 2016 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. in our Marie Barber Community Use Room at 1600 Battle Creek Road, Morrow, GA 30260. The workshop is free, but guests must register to attend.

Click here to register for the workshop.

Social Media Workshop Flyer (PDF) 



Useful Links


CCWA Bids and Contracting

National Institute of Governmental Purchasing and Periscope Holdings (NIGP) Code Listing (PDF)

Small Business Administration

Clayton State University Small Business Development Center

City of Atlanta

Clayton County

DeKalb County

Georgia Department of Transportation

Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Program

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