Back to top Jump to featured resources

Viewing the local purchasing preferences tag archive

Photo: Cleveland City Hall.
Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Aug 27, 2015

Procurement Can Be a Powerful Tool for Local Economies, but Takes More Than a Policy Change to Work

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/procurement-more-than-a-policy-change/

The decision of which firm will get the food service contract at the City Hall cafeteria doesn’t always make it into the news, but local governments spend a lot of money. In towns, counties, and states everywhere, there are roads to be paved, lawyers to be hired, and office supplies to be purchased, and the rules set up to govern those contracts—procurement policies—hold significant potential for governments to grow their local economies. Continue reading

Rule filed under General | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2015

Local Purchasing Preference — Phoenix

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/local-purchasing-preference-phoenix/

Phoenix is an example of a city that opted to start small. Rather than adopting a change in procurment policy, in 2012, the City of Phoenix altered its process for informal procurements—smaller contracts—instead. The city rolled out its Local Small Business Enterprise Program, which created a database to register small and local businesses. Further, the city said that LSBEs would get the first opportunity to submit quotes for all purchases of goods and services under $50,000. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2015

Local Purchasing Preference — San Diego

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/local-purchasing-preference-san-diego/

Under the City of San Diego’s Small Local Business Enterprise Program, public works contracts valued at $1 million and above include a mandatory subcontractor participation requirement for certified SLBEs, contracts valued between $500,000 and $1 million have a 5 percent bid discount for SLBEs, and contracts valued between $250,000 and $500,000 are only open to certified SLBEs. Other forms of contracts, such as those for goods and services, contain similar elements. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2015

Local Purchasing Preference — Montgomery County, Md.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/local-purchasing-preference-montgomery-county-md/

In Montgomery County, Md., the Local Small Business Reserve Program designates certain solicitations only for LSBRP bidders, and aims to direct 20 percent of county contracts under $10 million to those firms. Under the program, “local” is defined as businesses that are either located only in the county, or businesses with locations both inside and outside of the county, but for which the county-based location accounts for over 50 percent of the total number of employees or over 50 percent of gross sales. The county has registered more than 1,220 local small businesses in its vendor system, and in 2012, it spent $83.7 million with LSBRP-certified businesses, or 16.7 percent of its total contract dollars. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2015

Local Purchasing Preference — Cleveland

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/local-purchasing-preference-cleveland/

Cleveland has a variety of local procurement programs designed to drive contracting and purchasing to locally owned businesses. As a result of these developed policies, in 2014, the city spent 39 percent of its total $147 million in contracting with businesses that are either local and small, or local and minority- or female-owned. Continue reading

Bath-Main-St
Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 3 Comments | Updated on Oct 22, 2012

Six Small Business Issues at Stake in this Election

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/small-business-issues-stake-election/

Here’s a look at six small business issues at stake in next month’s federal and state elections, including bank reform, corporate tax advantages, getting corporate money out of politics, capping credit card fees, and creating preferences for local businesses in government purchasing. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 17, 2011

Local Purchasing Preference — California

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/3102-2/

California state law grants local, independently owned, small businesses a 5 percent preference when competing for state contracts. The law also sets for state agencies a goal of making at least 25 percent of their purchases with small businesses. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 21, 2009

Local Purchasing Preference – Madison, WI

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/2727-2/

On purchases over $5,000, the city of Madison, Wisconsin, grants local businesses a 1% price preference on bids and a 5% point preference on RFPs (request for proposal).  Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 21, 2009

Local Purchasing Preference – Los Angeles

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/2726-2/

On contracts of $100,000 or less, the city of Los Angeles grants a 10% preference to small, local businesses.  A small, local business is defined as one that is independently owned and operated, located in the county of Los Angeles, and not "dominant in its field of operations."  Los Angeles County also grants small, local businesses a 5% preference on county contracts. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2009

Local Purchasing Preference – Indiana

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/2724-2/

Indiana grants a 15% preference to small, independent businesses, as defined below, and gives all other local businesses a preference of 1-5%, depending on the size of the contract.  Continue reading