Richland County recognizes local businesses as part of new small business program

Richland County’s newest Small Local Business Enterprises division kicked off its efforts Wednesday by recognizing the first group of 22 small businesses that have qualified for projects and contracts with the county through the new program.

A small business owner takes notes in the SLBE class upon certification (photo provided).

A small business owner takes notes in the Small Local Business Enterprises class upon certification (photo provided).

“We’ll do everything we can to ensure you’ll be successful,” said Richland County Council Chairman Norman Jackson.

The program was approved by County Council last year to improve the county’s relationship with the local business community. Recently, the program began accepting applications for the county’s transportation penny tax program development team to increase the number of local and small businesses earning competitive contracts for the countywide road projects.

The office began accepting applications several weeks ago for the Transportation Penny Tax program development team to increase the number of certified small and local businesses eligible to participate in the county’s competitive process for projects included in the Transportation Penny Tax program, as well as countywide projects that do not receive federal funding.

The 22 businesses were given an orientation class upon being certified. The course covered construction, architecture, professional services, engineering and wholesale/commodities.

The Small Local Business Enterprises division will be housed in the county’s procurement office and officially will open in August.

“Our intention is for firms to grow out of the program and be successful,” said Justine Jones, the assistant director of Procurement who oversees the division. “And we will support (them) in doing so.”

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