Small Business Enterprise Program

Program Overview

The City of St. Petersburg is committed to assisting Small Business Enterprises (SBEs), in accordance with the Municipal Code as defined by Section 2-239 to 2-246 of Division 4, Article 5, Chapter 2.  Our program’s purpose is to foster growth in the economy and provide opportunities for small business.  We certify SBEs for contracting opportunities in construction, goods and services, professional services, and supplies.

Certified SBE Search

Are you in need of a SBE-certified company to furnish goods or for construction-related purposes? Visit our SBE Search Page for a database searchable by business name, specialization, location and contact information. (

Small Business Enterprise (SBE vendors are only certified as meeting the established criteria of the existing SBE program and not certified as qualified in any other area.  The city is not responsible for and disclaims any representation made by any SBE vendor.  You must do the appropriate due diligence before selecting an SBE vendor.

Benefits of the SBE Program

  • SBE goals on project-by-project basis
  • Sheltered market (construction set asides and on goods and services)
  • Discounts for goods and services (1-15% for bids and quotes)
  • Payment assistance
  • Timely payments by the city
  • Solicitation of certified SBEs for all contracts
  • Technical and financial assistance
  • Workshops, seminars and training programs

Eligibility and Criteria

A business that is independently owned, operated and controlled; and is not dominant in its field of operation; and which meets the following criteria:

  1. Serves a commercially useful function
  2. Has been in operation for at least one year
  3. Has 50 full-time, permanent employees or less
  4. Has an annual sales volume (averaged over the previous three years) of:
    • $5 million or less for Goods/Services/Supplies
    • $8 million or less for Construction
  5. Must be domiciled in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Manatee or Polk counties (A post office box is not acceptable as a business address).
  6. Must be certified by the Greenhouse.  SBE certification with the City of St. Petersburg does not reciprocate with small business certification programs from other municipalities, counties,  or at the state or federal levels.  You must be certified through The Greenhouse to participate in the City of St. Petersburg SBE program and receive benefits.

SBE Certification Process

  1. Complete an SBE Complete Certification Application
  2. Register your company with the City of St. Petersburg purchasing department
  3. Submit Application (Choose one of the following)
    • Drop off or mail completed applications and supporting documents to The Greenhouse at 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701, OR
    • Scan and email your application package to  Applicants sending packages via email are required to submit the original affidavit of the application (pages 9-10) to the address above.
  4. Review will take 7-10 days depending on workload and additional document requests.  Greenhouse staff will contact you if there are deficiencies or additional information needed.

Please contact Eric Lavina at (727) 893-7539 or; or Ondria McDonald at (727) 893-7767 or for more information or questions.

SBE Workshop Requirements

The Greenhouse offers SBE-specific training designed to build SBE capacity and ensure competency in basic topic areas for business growth.  Effective August 1, 2009, all SBEs are required to attend the following core workshops:

  • How the City Buys
  • Disaster Preparedness/Recovery for Small Business Owners
  • City Services and Incentives

In addition to the above core workshops, companies are required to attend the following business-related workshops based on specialty:

Companies Providing Construction Services
-Basics of Bonding (Part 1 or 2)
-Estimating and Bidding

Companies Providing Goods and Services
-Pricing for Profit

Workshops must be taken within 90 days of certification/re-certification (or certification/recertification will be revoked).  Workshops only have to be taken once for current and future certification periods, and any member of your staff can attend the workshops on behalf of the company.  For workshop details, dates and registration, visit the Greenhouse training calendar on the web at:, or call (727) 893-7767.

SBE Re-Certification Process

Current City of St. Petersburg SBEs renewing their existing certification need to complete a SBE Recertification Complete Application and submit the required supporting documents.  Also, please make sure to update your company’s contact information and products and services in iSupplier so that you are receiving bid notices.  iSupplier Log-in

Completed SBE applications can be mailed to:

The Greenhouse
City Hall Annex
440 Second Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

If you have any questions or are in need of assistance, do not hesitate to contact the Greenhouse at (727) 893-7146 or contact one of our specialists directly.


12/5/17 – Notice of Publication – Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Plan Comment Period

The City of St. Petersburg (CITY) hereby announces its fiscal years 2018-2020 goal of 7.53% for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation on airport construction projects at the Albert Whitted Airport. The proposed goals and rationale is available for inspection between normal business hours (8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday) at the Airport Administration Offices and The Greenhouse (440 Second Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida, (727) 893-7146) for 30 days from the date of this publication.  An electronic copy can be found at the following link – SPG – Draft FY 2018-2020 DBE Plan.

Comments on the DBE goal will be accepted for 45 days from the date of this publication and can be sent to the following:

Mr. Richard Lesniak
DBELO/Airport Manager
107 8th Ave S.E.
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
(727) 893-7657
(727) 822-4767