GO Item 3
January 24, 2018
MEM ORAN DUM
January 22, 2018
Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee
Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Bill 37-17, Local Small Business Reserve Program -Eligib ility-
Cherri Branson, Director of the Office of Procurement
Grace Denno, Office of Procurement
Bill 37-17, Local Small Business Reserve Program - Eligibility - Amendments, sponsored
by Lead Sponsor Council President at the request of the County Executive, was introduced on
November 14,2017. A public hearing was held on December 5.
Bill 37-17 would increase the aggregate dollar amount of County contracts awarded to a
business before the business is no longer eligible for a procurement under the Local Small Business
The Local Small Business Reserve Program (LSBRP) was established by Bill 23-04,
Contracts and Procurement - Local Small Business Reserve Program, effective January 1, 2006.
The legislative intent of the program was to enhance the competitiveness of County-based small
businesses by creating a separate defined market in which small businesses could compete against
each other, not against larger firms, for County contracts; broaden the pool oflocal small vendors
doing business with the County; and encourage the County's economic growth by enhancing the
business climate for local small businesses.
Under current law, a local small business is no longer eligible for a procurement under the
LSBRP if the business has been awarded $10 million in the aggregate in County contracts and at
least 10 separate contracts, as either a prime contractor or a subcontractor, since the Program began
on January 1, 2006. Bill 37-17 would increase the aggregate dollar amount of County contracts a
local small business can receive before "graduating" from the Program from $10 million to $25
million. The County Attorne y's Office found no legal impediments to this Bill. See ©12-13.