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Small and Emerging Businesses Information

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners recognizes the benefit of competing business opportunities in Franklin County. It also recognizes that greater numbers of minority, female, and disadvantaged businesses constitute a significant portion of small and emerging businesses in Franklin County. To ensure opportunities are afforded to small and emerging businesses, the Board established a Small and Emerging Business Outreach Program. This program is a commitment to the small and emerging business to encourage competition and provide and even playing field for all businesses.

This program is designed to provide assistance to small and emerging business enterprises and to encourage their participation in County contracts and procurements. This assistance is provided by focusing on outreach to businesses by informing them of procurement opportunities, structuring bid documents to ensure small businesses can compete, educating, and encouraging their participation in County procurements.

A small and emerging business is defined as a business concern, including its affiliates, which is independently owned and operated. It is not dominant in its field of operation because it does not exercise a controlling or major influence on other comparable business operations in Central Ohio. Dominance is determined by several factors including but not limited to volume of business, number of employees, financial resources, and the nature of business activity.

The Director is responsible for overseeing the administration of the program in a race and gender neutral manner through the Small and Emerging Business Coordinator and the Purchasing Division assigned to the Purchasing Department. The Purchasing Director will ensure:

  • The vendor database is maintained to reflect small and emerging business status and the commodities a business can provide.
  • Small and emerging businesses are solicited in competitive bid opportunities based on their registered commodities.
  • The Purchasing Department budget reflects requirements to effectively implement and manage the program.
  • Participation in the program is tracked, measured, and reported.

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners supports all businesses participating in the County Procurement process. This outreach program was implemented by The Board of Commissioners in an effort to ensure small and emerging businesses are afforded the opportunity to do business with Franklin County.

The purpose of the Small and Emerging Business Program is to improve and enhance the competitive and non-competitive bid process within Franklin County in order to provide small and emerging businesses the opportunity to do business.

John O'Grady President
Marilyn Brown
Kevin L. Boyce