Small Business Enterprises (SBE)

Wayne County Airport Authority Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program

IMPORTANT SBE APPLICATION INFORMATION – WCAA Vendors must complete the application process here. Online training is available if you feel it is necessary before you utilize the online application program. Training is recommended, it is not required.  Please make sure to give yourself ample time to complete the training and application process if your company plans to bid on an upcoming solicitation with the WCAA. Please visit https://metroairport.diversitycompliance.com/  and click on the “Training” blue button under the header “System Training” to sign up for “Online Certification Application - Vendor Training.” 

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The Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program is an Authority-wide initiative governed by the WCAA Procurement & Contracting Ordinance. It was created to increase the number of opportunities available to small businesses within the Southeast Michigan area, on non-federally funded Airport Authority contracts.

NEW ON-LINE SBE CERTIFICATION PROCESS

Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) is pleased to announce the implementation of a cloud-based portal, the WCAA Diversity Compliance System powered by B2Gnow, to process Small Business Enterprise (SBE) application certifications. The SBE program is managed by WCAA Business Diversity Unit (BDU), a business unit of the WCAA Legal Department.

The B2Gnow system represents a significant technological advancement and replaces the previous manual process of SBE certification which helps increase operational efficiency. This cloud-based software is being utilized by over 200 cities, counties, and other public agencies throughout the nation.

SBE certification is accessible, at no charge, to all eligible vendors doing – or interested in doing – business with WCAA. Key features include the following:

  • Online applications for Small Business Enterprise (SBE) certification or re-certification
  • Enhanced online SBE Directory with key-word search capabilities
  • Electronic submission of changes to SBE vendor profiles
  • Online and web-based training for use of the WCAA Diversity Compliance System
  • Questions and issues addressed in real or near-real time

WCAA BDU staff will be connected to the certification portal to assist with SBE program policy issues that may arise, but most questions/concerns can be addressed directly 24/7 by clicking the Contract Support button on the WCAA Diversity Compliance System Home Page.

All currently certified WCAA SBEs have been added to the new directory, which can be accessed below. 

Click here to access the WCAA Diversity Compliance System.

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Under this program, SBE participation is encouraged through the use of the following mechanisms:

  1. SBE Percentage Goals
  2. SBE Equalization Credits
  3. SBE Development Contracts

Firms may take advantage of these benefits by submitting an application for WCAA SBE certification and meeting the certification eligibility requirements listed below:

  1. Independently owned and operated business headquartered within the Air Trade Area (Michigan counties: Genesee, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne); with
  2. Average annual gross receipts over the most recent 3-year period OR average number of employees in the preceding completed 12 calendar months (where applicable) that do not exceed the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Size Standards

NOTE: An expedited SBE application process is available to firms with a valid small business certification through another public agency located within the ATA (at the discretion of the Procurement Administrator). The current accepted agencies for reciprocity are as follows:

  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and/or Airport Concessions DBE (ACBDE)
  • U.S. SBA: 8(1), HUBZone, and Small Disadvantaged Business
  • MDOT SBE
  • Detroit SBE
  • Wayne County SBE

WCAA SBE Certifications are valid for a period of 3 years and may be renewed provided the eligibility requirements are still met and a new application is submitted.    

    To ensure compliance with the WCAA Procurement Ordinance, the Airport Authority will monitor Small Business Enterprise (SBE) participation on non-federally funded contracts and require the submittal of SBE Participation Progress Reports to facilitate the tracking of funds paid to Airport Authority certified SBEs.

    For further information on the Small Business Enterprise Program, contact the Airport Authority Procurement Department at (734) 247-7900 or email business.diversity@wcaa.us.