Los Angeles County Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) Preference Program Background
On October 15, 2013, the Board of Supervisors approved an Ordinance to establish a Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) Preference Program, effective for countywide solicitations that are released on or after December 1, 2013. The Program is designed to enhance purchasing and contracting opportunities for disabled veteran businesses within the County. To read the entire text of the ordinance, click here.
To be eligible for the Program, a firm must be either a certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or a certified Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) by the State of California. For further information about the SDVOSB certification, click here. For further information about the DVBE certification, click here.
In addition to being certified by either the VA or the State of California, a firm must be a registered Los Angeles County vendor. To get registered, click here.
The Program provides for an eight percent (8%) bid price reduction (“preference”) for certified DVBEs that are registered County vendors whenever a solicitation for goods or services includes a cost component in the selection process. The 8 % preference is used only in the evaluation of bidder’s price component; it does not alter the amount of the resultant contract award. In no case, however, will the preference amount exceed $50,000 per solicitation. The DVBE preference of eight percent (8%) may not be combined with any other County program preference.