Small Business Opportunities
Poole & Kent Company of Florida is committed to offering opportunities to the maximum practical extent for small and minority-owned businesses to participate as subcontractors on our construction projects.
We work closely with small businesses that are registered with the State and local counties. However, we are always willing to expand our small business opportunities to other counties and agencies.
Efforts to provide the maximum practicable subcontracting opportunities for small business concerns may include, as appropriate for the procurement, one or more of the following actions:
- Breaking out contract work requirements into economically feasible units, as appropriate, to facilitate small business participation
- Conducting market research to identify small business subcontractors and suppliers through all reasonable means, such as performing on-line searches on the Central Contractors Registration and attending pre-bid conferences
- Providing interested small business with adequate and timely information about the plans, specifications, and requirements for performance of the prime contract to assist them in submitting a timely offer for the subcontract
- Directing small businesses that need additional assistance various State and County programs which assists in obtaining bonding, lines of credit, required insurance, necessary equipment, supplies, materials, or services including Miami-Dade County's Small Business Development (SBD) Surety Bond and Financial Assistance Unit , Broward County's GrowBROWARD, and State of Florida Office of Supplier Diversity's Loan Mobilization Program
- Soliciting small business concerns as early in the acquisition process as practicable to allow them sufficient time to submit a timely offer for the subcontract
- Utilizing the available services of small business associations; local, state, Federal small business assistance offices, and other organizations and encouraging small business entities to certify and register with the state and local governments
- Participating in the formal mentor-protégé program with one or more small business protégés that results in developmental assistance to the protégé(s)
- Advertising subcontracting opportunities in local newspapers
- Advertising subcontracting opportunities by sending emails to small business concerns local to that particular jobsite
- Keeping the playing field level, allowing all bidders reasonable time to respond and providing the same information to all prospective subcontractors