MBTA Launches Small Business Enterprise Program


Written by David C. Lester, Editor


The MBTA has officially launched its Small Business Enterprise (SBE) program for construction, an effort to promote, create and maintain business opportunities for construction investment programs at MBTA for small businesses as well as to stimulate the economy of Massachusetts by providing sustainable income opportunities to locals. small enterprises.

“We are very excited to launch the SBE program, which is a new feature in our growing portfolio of DEI best practices and expands our commitment to diversity and equity through creative business opportunities,” said Steve Poftak, Managing Director from MBTA. “In line with FTA best practices, our Capital Programs and ODCR SBE team will identify small procurement opportunities for pre-qualified small businesses to bid on, ensuring a fair bidding process. .”

The SBE program is a joint initiative of the MBTA’s Office of Diversity and Civil Rights (ODCR) Government Compliance Unit and the MBTA’s Capital Programs Departments. Following best practices used for federal transportation programs, the SBE program identifies small contracting opportunities, typically under $3 million, with enough qualified SBEs to ensure a competitive bidding environment. Prequalified SBEs are eligible to bid on these selected contracts, creating a level playing field for small businesses. Participating SBEs will also be trained on how to do business with the T.

All SBE participants must be certified by the Federal Small Business Administration and pre-qualified with the MBTA. Interested SBEs can register online with the MBTA and contact the SBE program by email at [email protected] with all questions. Information sessions for interested small businesses will be held virtually:

· Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 4 p.m.

· Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 10 a.m.

· Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at 12 p.m.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at 8:00 a.m.

Once pre-qualified as an SBE with the MBTA, a business enjoys the following benefits:

· Opportunities to be a primary supplier on contracts;

· Access to up to $25 million in contract opportunities per year; and

· Invitations to business forums, mentoring programs and networking events.

The SBE program aims to secure five projects in FY23 as proof of concept. After the first year, the MBTA will evaluate the program and take steps to strengthen and develop it in future years.

For more information, visit mbta.com/SBE, or connect with the T on Twitter @MBTAFacebook /TheMBTA or Instagram @theMBTA.

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