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The SDCCD Contractor Outreach Program is in place to promote the increased utilization, capacity-building and sustainability of small and historically underutilized businesses on Propositions S & N projects. Targeted businesses include those firms certified as or eligible for certification as one or more of the following:

Contract Opportunity Notices
These notices are shared with an extensive list of subcontracting, trade, and business organizations to make sure that local contractors, subcontractors, professional service providers, vendors and suppliers are aware of and have every opportunity to participate on construction bond program projects. Bid notifications are sent to firms listed on the District’s database of small and historically underutilized firms as well as those listed on databases provided by approved certifying agencies.

Bid notices are posted and distributed by the San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center (SDCOC) – one of the District’s outreach partners. The SDCOC also notifies locally registered small businesses of bid opportunities, available training and technical assistance resources.
Plan Rooms for Viewing Contract Documents
The District provides plans and specifications to plan rooms throughout the county for contractors, subcontractors, vendors and other service providers to view the contract documents free of charge.

Contractors are required to complete the Propositions S & N prequalification application if bidding projects of $500,000 or more. S/D/M/W/DVBEs are strongly encouraged to complete the prequalification application, and to pursue Propositions S & N contracting opportunities.  Prequalification is not required for bidding projects with values below the $500,000 threshold; and bonds are not required on projects with values of $25,000 or less.

Design/Build Subcontracting Plan for Small & Historically Underutilized Businesses
All proposals for design/build projects are required to include if a Subcontracting Plan for Small and Historically Underutilized Businesses as defined in the Contractor Outreach Program. The plan should provide a clear rationale of design builder’s proposed outreach efforts and goals and demonstrate a commitment to the District’s outreach program objectives.
Outreach Activities
The District partners with the SDCOC to host no-cost workshops for local small businesses on a variety of contracting topics, such as bid preparation, small business certifications, and to provide technical assistance. Pre-bid workshops are held with prime contractors and construction managers in order to provide potential subcontractors information about pending bid opportunities and prequalification requirements.