Small Business Enterprise Program


On June 5, 2008, Tampa City Council adopted Ordinance 2008-89, known as the Equal Business Opportunity Ordinance.  This Ordinance amended and replaces the Small Business Enterprise Program (SBE) under Executive Order 2007-2.  The SBE program, under the new Ordinance, is known as the Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) program.  The SLBE program is a race and gender neutral program providing opportunities for all small businesses and allowing participation in city contracting and procurement through Sheltered Markets.  Sheltered Markets are bids/RFP's where only certified SLBEs, regardless of race and gender, will be solicited to bid.  There must be at least three (3) certified SLBE businesses that can provide the needed services or products for a Sheltered Market procurement process.  SLBE goals may be set for subcontracting opportunities on projects where no Sheltered Market has been designated. 


A business applying for SLBE certification must have operated as such for at least one year and meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Your business is domiciled in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Manatee or Polk Counties.
  • Your business is independently owned and operated.
  • Your business employs twenty-five (25) or fewer permanent, full time employees.
  • Your business average gross annual sales over the previous three-year period was two million dollars ($2,000,000.00) or less.

To apply for SLBE Certification click the application link below.  For questions or to contact the Minority Business Development Office please call (813) 274-5522.

SLBE-WMBE Unified Application (PDF, 124 kb)    

SLBE-WMBE Recertification Application (PDF, 55 kb)

SLBE Utilization Forms included below for your convenience.              

Letter of Intent for SLBE Utilization (PDF, 22 kb) 

SLBE Payment Schedules (PDF, 55 kb)  

Ordinance 2008-89 (PDF, 354 kb)

Executive Order 2007-2 (PDF, 159 kb)