Small Business Outreach
To promote a vibrant economy and strong small businesses in East Baton Rouge Parish, the Small Business Outreach (SBO) Initiative has been established as a critical component of MOVEBR. It seeks to empower small, minority, women, and veteran owned companies. Our goal is to support these firms by providing a clear path to doing business with the City-Parish through timely communications, capacity-building strategies and technical assistance. The overall goal of the initiative is to ensure meaningful small business participation in MOVEBR.
This effort will include targeted outreach, training, and capacity building opportunities for emerging and established businesses. Throughout the course of the MOVEBR Program, small businesses will be engaged for various contracting opportunities including, but not limited to: Right-of-Way Acquisition, Engineering & Design, Construction, Demolition, Program Management and a Mentor Protégé Program.
For the purposes of outreach and engagement, a MOVEBR Small Business is defined as an entity that holds one of the following certifications and/or participates in one of the listed programs:
- DBE – Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
- SDB – Small Disadvantaged Business
- MBE – Minority Business Enterprise
- WBE – Women Business Enterprise
- WOSB – Women-Owned Small Business
- Service-disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business
- Louisiana Veteran Initiative
- Hudson Initiative
*Click on your program of choice to find out more information and/or how to participate.
The MOVEBR Small Business Outreach effort does not restrict or prohibit any otherwise designated small business from pursuing opportunities with the City-Parish. The definition above is intended to identify the types of small businesses the effort is designed to reach, inform and support their inclusion in the MOVEBR Program.
Please fill out our SBO Contact Form to receive updates from our Small Business Outreach Team.
MOVEBR KPIs (Key Performance Indicators)
Through coordination with the City-Parish and MOVEBR Project Management Team Leadership, a KPI (key performance indicator) has been established for MOVEBR project procurement. The MOVEBR Program desires to achieve a MOVEBR Small Business participation percentage of at least 20% in contract fees for those projects that are required to be procured under the Selection Board Process.
Small Business Video Library
MOVEBR has launched a new video library as a resource to meet small businesses for teaming opportunities or project work on the MOVEBR program. We invited small, minority, woman and veteran-owned companies who have signed up with our Small Business Outreach Initiative to record a brief introductory message about their companies.
Our first round of interviews includes 20 small business owners interested in providing services on MOVEBR projects.