Metra’s Small Business Enterprise Program
On June 1, 2016, Metra’s Office of Diversity & Business Enterprise (ODBE) launched its Small Business Enterprise (SBE) program. The purpose of the SBE program is to assist small businesses and ensure they have a fair opportunity to participate on Metra projects. It is a set-aside program designed to increase the number of competitively awarded contracts to small businesses, maximize contract opportunities, and minimize contract bundling.
Metra is encouraging all small businesses that qualify to complete the SBE verification process.
To qualify as an SBE, companies must meet the following requirements:
- Be an independently minority, or non-minority owned business;
- For-profit business;
- Personal net worth must not exceed $1.32 million; and
- Meet the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) size standard, and not exceed $26.29 million in gross annual receipts.
If you are currently certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) with Metra or one of the other four Illinois Unified Certification Program (IL UCP) members (Chicago Transit Authority, Pace, Illinois Department of Transportation, and the City of Chicago), you are considered a SBE and do not have to complete the verification process. However, you must provide proof of DBE certification when submitting your bid.