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How to Qualify

Small businesses can increase their chances of getting City of Tacoma Public Works and goods and services contracts when they join the City's Small Business Enterprise Program (SBE). For qualified contractors, vendors, suppliers, and consultants, SBE provides not only contracting opportunities, but also helpful resources in business management.


Qualification Requirements

To qualify as an SBE, a company's total gross receipts for any consecutive three year period within the last six years may not be more than $36,500,000 for public works and not more than $15,000,000 for non-public works and improvements. Also, each person with an ownership interest in the company must have a personal net worth of less than $1,320,000 excluding one personal residence and the net worth of the business. 

The company's business office or personal residence of the owner must be located within the City of Tacoma for at least six months or the company's business office must be located within Pierce County or adjacent counties for at least 12 months prior to designation as a SBE.


Apply Now for the Small Business Enterprise Program

The SBE Application with instructions and SBE Affidavit is available for you to download. 


You can request more information by calling the Office for Small Business Enterprise at (253) 591-5075, Monday through Friday, from 8 AM to 5 PM. Staff members would be happy to answer any questions that you may have about the program or the certification process.