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The City of Charlotte: Finding Government Bids in a Global City


The City of Charlotte: Finding Government Bids in a Global City

Charlotte is the largest city in the state of North Carolina and second-largest in the Southeastern United States. With a population of 809,958, it is considered the third-fastest-growing city in the country and is America’s second-largest banking center. The Globalization and World Cities Research Network lists Charlotte as a “gamma-plus global city”, identifying Charlotte as an important contributor to the global economic system.

The city of Charlotte has a lot to offer local businesses interested in doing business with the City, with special assistance available for small and minority/women owned businesses. Opportunities for business owners include programs to promote working with the public sector as well as incentives to promote growth and economic development.

Doing Business with the City of Charlotte

Vendors who want to work with the City of Charlotte must first register with the City by filling out a Vendor Registration Form. The information provided on the form will be available to all City departments, which will allow them to easily find vendors for specific goods and services. Along with the registration form, vendors need to provide a W-9 form and select the commodity codes that describe their business; the City requires that vendors select at least one commodity code.

Procurement Methods

      • Good and services valued at less than $10,000 can be procured by any means deemed reasonable by the agencies;
      • Goods and services that cost between $10,000 and $50,000 require informal solicitations with multiple quotes;
      • Goods and services that cost between $50,000 and $100,000, as well as any technology goods or professional services valued over $100,000, require a formal, sealed bid process.

Note that some agencies may require vendors to submit a bid bond, performance bond and payment bonds along with their bid submission. Projects are exempt.

In Charlotte, the Procurement Management division is responsible for most bids the City posts; however there are a few agencies that manage their own procurement processes. Vendors can find additional bid opportunities with these agencies:

      • Engineering and Property Management – Manages bids for architectural and engineering services, as well as construction bids for capital projects.
      • Charlotte Water – Manages utilities-related construction contracts, as well as utility related service and technology contracts.
      • Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) – Manages construction-related transit contracts.
      • Charlotte Douglas International Airport – Manages contracts for construction, services and technology-related aviation needs.

If you are a vendor looking for bid opportunities with the Charlotte Housing Authority or Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, check out the Mecklenburg County Procurement Office.

(Source: n.p. City of Charlotte. Doing Business with the City. FAQ. 2016. Web. 11 Nov. 2016)

Charlotte Business Inclusion Program

The City of Charlotte is dedicated to creating opportunities for small businesses and MWBEs to work with the public sector. Through the Charlotte Business Inclusion (CBI) program, the City provides help with certification, training and development, and also provides a vendor list to City departments, allowing them to find small business and MWBEs more easily for certain product and service contracts. Through CBI, prime vendors can also search for possible subcontractors.

In 2015, 232 certified MWBEs in Charlotte were awarded contracts totaling $27,118,393 and 196 MWBEs were awarded subcontracting opportunities worth $34,765,577. Five contracts worth $1.5 million were awarded to small businesses and 112 new MWBEs were certified through the program, while 116 were recertified, growing the number of City-certified MWBEs to 879.[i]

The following table shows which types of entities were awarded contracts for 2015.

Type of Ownership

Number of Firms Awarded

Amount Awarded

African American

49

$3,387,056

Asian American

5

$264,301

Hispanic/Latino

12

$675,853

Native American

6

$230,562

Woman-Owned

74

$8,534,000

Male-Owned

86

$14,026,621

 

The following table is a breakdown of Industry Spending in 2015.

Industry

Number of Firms Awarded

Amount Awarded

Construction

49

$12.2 million

Architecture & Engineering

24

$4.2 million

Professional Services

38

$2.2 million

Goods & Supplies

30

$2.2 million

Other Services

91

$6.2 million

 

(Table Sources: Minority, Women, Small Business Enterprise 2015 Annual Report. Charlottenc.gov)

Although the City of Charlotte aims to help small businesses and MWBEs bid on and win city contracts, they do not give preference to these businesses. This ensures fair and open competition among the vendors that want to do business with the City.

Danielle Calamaras | BidNet.com



[i] N.p. Minority, Women, Small Business Enterprise 2015 Annual Report. Charlottenc.gov. 2016. Web. 4 Nov. 2016

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