Small Business Development
The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (the Authority) is a strong supporter of programs that encourage the inclusion of women, minorities and small businesses in airport contracting.
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The Small Business Development Department (SBDD) ensures the active participation of small, minority, women and locally owned small businesses; and has overall responsibility for federal, state and local mandates for participation by small businesses and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.
The Small Business Development Department:
- Establishes small business goals for prime contractors
- Reviews eligibility and approves certification
- Ensures compliance with program and goal requirements
- Provides guidance to GOAA on small business participation, development and procurement initiatives
Consistent with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority’s commitment to the participation of small businesses and the economic growth and vitality of the local economy, the mission of the Small Business Development Department is:
To ensure the participation and growth of small businesses at GOAA in construction, concessions, purchasing and other business opportunities.
This mission is achieved by ensuring the maximum inclusion of minority, women and locally owned small businesses in agency procurement programs; encouraging the growth of small businesses through capacity building and development programs; serving as an advocate promoting the interests and needs of small businesses; and ensuring that majority firms and other prime contractors are diligent in their efforts to partner with and support small businesses.
Small Business Opportunities
GOAA is undergoing a massive capital expansion and redevelopment campaign that may approximate over 3 Billion dollars between FY 2015 and 2020. New projects currently under construction include:
- 2,500 Space Parking Garage
- Automated People Movers Facility
- Intermodal Transportation Facility for Rail Services
- Passenger Drop Off Lobby
Projects currently in planning include:
- New Phase I South Terminal with Landside and Airside Capacity
- Parking Garage Expansion
In addition to these projects for the South terminal, a number of new projects are in process and being planned for the current North terminal.
The Authority operates approximately 150,000 square feet of concession space to serve the traveling public. Business opportunities in food and beverage, retail, specialty retail and services are made available participation for small businesses.
Opportunities for small business participation continue to grow as the agency expands to serve a larger traveling public. Additional information may be found on the Concession Opportunities page.
The Purchasing Department is responsible for the procurement of all items, goods and services to support the Authority. These purchases exclude construction, concession and property leasing.
Certifications and Programs
The Small Business Development Department operates a number of programs to serve and promote participation by small businesses to include:
- Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
- Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE)
- Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE)
- Local Developing Business (LDB)
- Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE)
Certifications are required for each of these programs. Applicants are required to use GOAA's on line certification process.
Online Certification Application
The department utilizes the Business Diversity Management System for our online certification process. This online certification system is developed and managed by B2G Now, Inc. is currently used by a number of government agencies, airports and other public entities. Use of the system allows for efficient and faster processing of applications and records management. We encourage small businesses to use this system to complete all applications for certification.
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Programs
The DBE and ACDBE programs are required by any organization receiving federal funding for transportation projects. Companies wishing to operate an airport concession should seek ACDBE certification. * Service Providers & Suppliers may also obtain ACDBE certification for participation on concessions contracts. All other companies should seek DBE certification. The Authority is a certifying member of the Florida Unified Certification Program (UCP).
To be certified for DBE and ACDBE program/s the qualifying organization requirements are:
- Organized as a for profit small business whose annual gross revenues or number of employees do not exceed the limits applicable to the type of business as determined by the US Small Business Administration Table of Small Business Size Standards ;
- A minimum of 51% of the business one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged or, in the case of a corporation, in which 51% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals.
- Individuals who are African American, Hispanic American, Asian Pacific-American, Native American or women are presumed to be socially and economically disadvantaged if their personal net worth does not exceed the net worth limit.
- Individuals whose socially and economically disadvantaged status is relied upon for DBE certification must show that their individual net worth does not exceed $1.32 million. For purposes of establishing net worth, the following items are excluded:
- The equity in the individual’s primary residence; and
- The equity in the business which is applying for the DBE status.
- Management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of the socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who own it.
Minority/Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Program
The GOAA MWBE program is for non-federal funded projects. To be certified as an MWBE by GOAA, the qualifying organization requirements are:
- At least 51% owned and controlled by one or more socially disadvantaged individuals.
- Socially disadvantaged individuals are persons who are citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States and who are African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Native Americans or Women.
The Department will also accept an unexpired MWBE certification issued by the Aviation Authority, the City of Orlando, Orange County, and the State of Florida Office of Supplier Diversity, provided that the MWBE firm certifies to the Aviation Authority that since the date of its MWBE certification it has not experienced a change which would affect the firm's eligibility as a MWBE. If a firm has been certified by one of the agencies listed above, the Authority may at its discretion require additional documentation in order to verify the firm's eligibility for certification. Additionally, Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) certified by the Florida UCP shall count towards MWBE participation goals.
Local Developing Business (LDB) Program
The LDB Program is designed to promote, develop and support local businesses and to ensure the availability of these firms to compete and participate in GOAA projects. The Small Business Development Department supports the use of a LDB as a business concern that is domiciled in the Local Area, meets the Revenue Limitations, and is owned and controlled by one or more individuals whose personal net worth does not exceed the Net Worth Limitation.
The Orlando Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area ("Orlando SMSA"). This area, according to the United States Department of Census, includes the counties of Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Lake.
- Construction contracting services and consulting services related to planning, design, and construction related improvements and architectural and engineering services – $5,000,000 in annual gross revenues averaged over the preceding three (3) years.
- Professional Services – $2,000,000 annual gross revenues averaged over the preceding three (3) years.
- Procurement of goods and services not including professional services included in 1 and 2 above – $2,000,000 annual gross profit averaged over the preceding three (3) years.
- Ownership and Control– Individuals, who do not exceed the Net Worth Limitation, must own at least fifty-one percent (51%) of the business, and control and manage the operations of the business on a daily basis.
The Net Worth limitation is $750,000. The Net Worth is defined as the sum of the fair market value of the interests owned by the individual in all assets (if an asset is owned jointly as husband and wife, then fifty percent (50%) of the fair market value for that asset will be counted if only one spouse participates in the firm being reviewed) minus the debt of the individual (if debt is attributable to an asset owned jointly as husband and wife then fifty percent (50%) of the debt will be counted if only one spouse participates in the firm being reviewed).
For purposes of establishing Net Worth, the following items will be excluded:
If the construction delivery method for a construction project is Construction Management ("CM") or Construction Management at Risk (CMAR") then the Net Worth Limitation shall be One Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($1,500,000.00). The Net Worth Limitation may be reviewed from time to time as deemed appropriate by the Small Business Department and adjusted accordingly, with approval by the Executive Director.
- The equity in the individual’s primary residence up to $500,000; and
- The equity in the business which is applying for the LDB status.
The firm must be LBD certified by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority in order to compete for LDB direct procurement opportunities and/or be counted as an LDB for larger firms.
Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE) Program for Non-Federal Projects
The Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE) Program (Program) of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (Aviation Authority) is designed to promote the development of businesses owned and operated by Veteran individuals as defined herein and to ensure opportunities for these firms to compete for work at its facilities. The Program is also designed to promote economic vitality and enhance employment opportunities in the Orlando area and surrounding counties. To be considered a Veteran Business Enterprise under the Aviation Authority's VBE Program, the VBE must be a Florida based business that has been VBE certificated by either the United States Department of Veteran Affairs or the State of Florida Department of Management Services- Florida Office of Supplier Diversity. The VBE will be required to provide proof of current certification from one of these agencies.
If your firm is VBE certified by The Department of Veterans' Affairs or the State of FL Office of Supplier Diversity, please complete our VBE Online Verification process. If your firm is not VBE certified by one of these agencies, visit their websites via the links below for information on becoming certified.
Business Diversity Management System
Florida Unified Certification Program – Certifying Members
All completed documents should be mailed to:
Small Business Development
Greater Orlando Aviation Authority
5850-B Cargo Road
Orlando, FL 32827
For more information on any of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, Minority/Women Business Enterprise & Local Developing Business Enterprise programs, please contact the Office of Small Business Development:
Phone (407) 825-7133
Fax (407) 825-3004