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Small Local Business Program

SLBE Program Video

Interested in a quick overview of the SLBE program?  If so, take a look at this short video and contact us today!

Para ver el video en Español, presione aquí.

SLBE Video Spotlight

C & C Lovejoy, LLC is a local small business certified in CCWA’s Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) Program.  The firm is owned by Mr. Bobby Cartwright, located in Hampton, GA and provides construction services.  To learn more about the firm please click on the video.

Our Commitment

To provide an additional race and gender-neutral tool for the Authority to use in its 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 General Certification Application.

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;

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.

 

For a list of the current CCWA certified small businesses, click the link below.

CCWA Certified SLBEs

For More Information

To find out more about the SLBE Program, please contact our office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
You may contact us via telephone at (770) 960-5880 or email us at ccwa_slbe_program@ccwa.us.

 

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

Clayton County Water Authority
Contract, Compliance and Risk Management
Attn: Yolanda L. Jackson, MBA
1600 Battle Creek Road
Morrow, GA 30260
Phone: (770) 960-5880
Email: ccwa_slbe_program@ccwa.us

SLBE Program Brochure (PDF)

Certification Types and Useful Links

To apply for the SLBE Program all businesses must meet the location requirements.  The business must be located and operating  in Clayton, Cherokee, Cobb, DeKalb, Dougals, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Rockdale, or Spalding County.  In addition to meeting the location requirements, other criteria for submitting the General Certification Application include the following:

1.  No current certifications.
2.  Does not qualify for provisional certification.
3.  Business has been in operation for at least one (1) year prior to completing the application.

General certification requires the submission of the completed application and all  required supporting documents (checklist included with application).  All applications received without the required supporting documents will be deemed incomplete and returned to the applicant.  An onsite review/interview is also required for general certification.

To apply for general certification click the SLBE General Certification Application.  The approved general certification is valid for a period of five (5) years; however, to remain in compliance with the certification guidelines, the general certification requires completion of the Affidavit of No Change every two (2) years, after which a SLBE Recertification (General) Application must be completed.

Para Español, presione aquí, Solicitud de Certificación General de SLBE.

To qualify for CCWA’s provisional certification, the business must be located and operating in Clayton, Cherokee, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Rockdale, or Spalding County and hold a valid certification with one of the following agencies:

1.  Clayton County Government SLBE Certification
2.  City of Atlanta SBE Certification (SBE only)
3.  DeKalb County LSBE Certification
4.  Georgia Department of Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification.

Applicants are required to submit the completed SLBE Provisional Application, a copy of the current year’s business license, and a copy of the current certification (at the time of application) from one of the above agencies.

To apply for provisional certification click the SLBE Provisional Certification Application.  The approved provisional certification is valid for a period of two (2) years, after which the business is eligible for CCWA’s 2nd Term Provisinal Certification.

Para Español, presione aquí, Solicitud de Certificación Provisional de SLBE.

The 2nd Term Provisional Certification only applies to businesses certified under CCWA’s provisional certification. The application must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the expiration of the initial provisional certification.  To qualify for CCWA’s 2nd term provisional certification, the business must be located and operating in Clayton, Cherokee, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Rockdale, or Spalding County.

Applicants are required to submit the completed SLBE 2nd Term Provisional Application, a copy of the current year’s business license, and  a copy of the current certification (at the time of application) with one of the following agencies:

1.  Clayton County Government SLBE Certification
2.  City of Atlanta SBE Certification (SBE only)
3.  DeKalb County LSBE Certification
4.  Georgia Department of Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification.

To apply for the 2nd term provisional certification click the SLBE 2nd Term Provisional Certification Application.  The approved 2nd term provisional certification is valid for a period of two (2) years, after which a SLBE General Certification Application will need to be completed.

Para Español, presione aquí, Solicitud de Certificación Provisional SLBE 2do plazo.

Recertification only applies to businesses certified under CCWA’s general certification and has completed the Affidavit of No Change at the 2nd and 4th years. The application (and required supporting documents) must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the expiration of the general certification.  To qualify for CCWA’s recertification, the business must be located and operating in Clayton, Cherokee, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Rockdale, or Spalding County.  Applicants are required to submit the completed  SLBE recertification application and all required supporting documents.

To apply for the general recertification click the SLBE Recertification Application (General).  The approved general recertification is valid for a period of five (5) years; however, to remain in compliance with the certification guidelines, the general certification requires completion of the Affidavit of No Change every two (2) years, after which a SLBE Recertification (General) Application must be completed.

Para Español, presione aquí, Solicitud de Recertificación de SLBE (General).

Completion of the Affidavit of No Change only applies to businesses certified under CCWA’s general certification.  The Affidavit of No Change  must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the 2nd and 4th anniversary date of the general certification.  In completing the Affidavit of No Change, the business must remain located and operating in Clayton, Cherokee, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Rockdale, or Spalding County.  Applicants are required to submit the completed SLBE Affidavit of No Change (reporting information in all requested areas).

To complete the Affidavit of No Change click the SLBE Affidavit of No Change.  The approved affidavit of no change  is valid for a period of two (2) years; however, to remain in compliance with the certification guidelines, the general certification requires completion of the Affidavit of No Change every two (2) years; therefore the 2nd Affidavit of No Change will be due in the 4th year of certification; after which a SLBE Recertification (General) Application must be completed.

Para Español, presione aquí, SLBE declaración jurada de no cambio.

How To Do Business Workshops and Information Sessions

Learn about CCWA’s Small Local Business Enterprise Program and procurement opportunities during our Information Sessions held at various locations throughout Clayton County.  Our SLBE Business Development Workshops provide valuable business and professional development tools to help grow and cultivate small businesses. For 2019, the workshops will be held at CCWA’s Headquarters in the Marie Barber Community Use Room.

“Save The Dates” for 2019 SLBE Flyers:

SLBE Information Sessions (pdf)
SLBE Business Development Workshops (pdf)

Upcoming SLBE Events:

“Specifics of Bidding: How To Price It Right”

March 14, 2019
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Clayton County Water Authority
Marie Barber Community Use Room
1600 Battle Creek Rd.
Morrow, GA 30260
To register click here:
Event Flyer (PDF)

SLBE Information Session

April 9, 2019
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Clayton County Water Authority
Marie Barber Community Use Room
1600 Battle Creek Rd.
Morrow, GA 30260
To register click here:
Event Flyer (PDF)