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. (http://www.stpete.org/sbe/)

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 Process

  1. Complete an SBE Complete Certification Application
  2. Register your company with the City of St. Petersburg purchasing department
  3. Send your completed application and required supporting documents to The Greenhouse at 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701.  Greenhouse staff will review will take 7-10 days, depending on workload and additional document requests.
  4. All SBEs are required to attend the following core classes:
    • How the City Buys
    • Disaster Preparedness/Recovery for Small Business Owners
    • City Services and Incentives

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

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

Companies Providing Goods and Services
-Pricing Fundamentals – Gross Profit Margin & Markup (Pricing for Profit)

Classes must be taken within 90 days of certification/re-certification (or certification/recertification will be revoked).  For workshop dates, check the Greenhouse training calendar on the web at http://stpetegreenhouse.com/events or call (727) 893-7146 to register.  Workshops only have to be taken once and any member of your staff can attend the workshops on behalf of the company.

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.