Small Businesses Sought for Contracting Opportunities
Small businesses seeking to expand their impact in San Diego County can get a big boost by joining the Water Authority’s Small Contractor Outreach and Opportunities Program. The program, known as SCOOP, is designed to maximize small business participation in Water Authority contracts and procurements through networking, training and technical assistance.
SCOOP facilitates the development and reinforcement of skills that small companies need to partner, bid and perform successfully on Water Authority projects. With an emphasis on outreach and partnering, SCOOP has generated significant jobs for small firms for more than 15 years across multiple sectors of the economy, including construction, professional services, maintenance, materials and equipment.
One important component of SCOOP is the Sheltered Market Program, which designates contracts only for registered and certified small businesses. The Sheltered Market Program applies to procurements between $10,000 and $150,000, and for which there is a competitive pool of three or more small businesses in The Network, the Water Authority’s online vendor registration and solicitation system.