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File #: 21-2480    Version: 1 Name: Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) Program Update
Type: Administrative Reports Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 1/12/2022 In control: City Council Regular Meeting
On agenda: 1/24/2022 Final action:
Title: Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) Program Update
Attachments: 1. Copy of Quarterly Report FY22 Q2 123121
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TO: Mayor and Members of City Council

THRU: Douglas Hewett, ICMA-CM, City Manager
Jay Toland, Chief Finance Officer, Assistant City Manager

FROM: Kimberly Toon, Purchasing Manager

DATE: January 24, 2022

Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) Program Update

Council District(s)

Relationship To Strategic Plan:
The development of a City policy designed to support and encourage improved access for small and local businesses to the City's process for the procurement of goods and services is supportive of Strategic Plan Goal 2 - "Building and maintaining a strong, diverse, and viable local economy".

Executive Summary:
City Council directed that a SLBE policy and subsequent program based on that policy be developed to enhance economic opportunities for small and local business owners. The SLBE policy and program have now been established and the SLBE program is managed by the Purchasing Division of the City's Finance Department. Finance/Purchasing has worked diligently to build a solid foundation for implementing the SLBE program.

The Purchasing Division of the City Finance Department has dedicated itself to establishing a strong foundation for the Small Local Business Enterprise program. Since last reporting to City Council in October 2021, the following activities have encouraged SLBE vendors to register and participate in the City's business.

* All solicitations both formal and informal are posted on the City website.
* Purchasing works closely with City departments to increase their awareness of SLBE businesses and their abilities to serve the City's needs.
* Purchasing staff provides one-on-one consultation with SLBE firms to educate and familiarize them with City procurement processes.
* Purchasing provides printed and digital educational materials such as "Doing Business With the City"

These efforts have resulted in statistically significant increases in various areas. F...

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