March 2020
Special COVID-19 Message to our Small Business Community
We know that many of our small business partners are being impacted by local and statewide orders for residents to stay home and for many companies to stop or change their operations. Metropolitan’s Business Outreach staff has been, and will continue to, work closely with organizations and government agencies to identify those resources and information about financial assistance and other programs that can assist small businesses in our communities during this challenging time. If we can be of assistance, please contact
Helpful Links for Small Businesses

Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
Isabella Guzman, Director of the Office of Small Business Advocate,

The California State Treasurer's Office has a small business loan program with special disaster assistance that is used extensively by the CDFI community:

PCR has a State Guarantee and also a new Disaster Guarantee

California IBank has a Small Business Loan Guarantee Program for guarantees currently up to $1 million and a micro lending program for loans up to $10,000 with accommodations for disasters. The program is run through local mission based lenders, the Financial Development Corporations: Small Business Finance Center

Financial Development Corporations can be found here:

Direct Links and Contacts to Apply for Funding

Are you receiving Metropolitan Water District of Southern California bid notifications from Planetbids? If not, your Small Business Enterprise certification may have expired or your e-mail address needs updating in our vendor profile database. 
Please visit  Metropolitan's website  to make sure your contact information and SBE certification are current.

John Arena - Business Outreach Manager
(213) 217-5519
Ken Ashford - Outreach & Events
(213) 217-6719
Carmen Bermudez-Bracy  - Contract Compliance & Small Business Certification
(213) 217-6295
Lydia McGee  - Vendor Development & Disabled Veteran Business Advocate
(213) 217-6566
Wigsbert Mendoza  - Innovation & Technology
(213) 217-7631
Peggy Vogt  - Innovation & Technology
(213) 217-6456
Lizeth Martinez -  Construction & Engineer Services
(213) 217-5776
Gabriela Garcia - Administrative Services
(213) 217-5851

MWD Business Outreach Program