Bladecutters Inc. is tearing down houses for the Montgomery County Land Bank and also does work for the city of Dayton. The company is a small business that is certified through the U.S. Housing and Urban Development to participate in public contracting programs. Until recently it was certified in Dayton’s Procurement Enhancement Plan as a Women’s Business Enterprise but has outgrown that program because it has been so successful. This house at 720 La Salle Dr. in Dayton was taken down last week. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

How your business may fit Dayton’s small business contracting program 

The City of Dayton sets goals for a portion of public contracts to go to minority-owned, women-owned and other small businesses.

The city’s Human Relations Council oversees the Procurement Enhancement Plan and handles setting contracting goals and verifying information from companies seeking certification to the program.

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A variety of other state and federal programs targeting small and disadvantaged businesses also exist and the Minority Business Assistance Center at HRC can help companies navigate those.

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Here are the basic requirements to be certified under the city’s program:

1.  All companies must meet Small Business Enterprise rules.

2.  The owner’s maximum personal net worth cannot exceed $750,000.

3.  There must be fewer than 100 employees.

4. The Minority Business Enterprise certification requires 51% ownership by individuals who are African-American, Black American, Hispanic American, Asian American or Native American

5. The Women’s Business Enterprise certification requires that ownership be least 51 percent female.

6.  The Dayton Local Small Business certification requires companies to be located in Dayton and meets annual gross receipts limits. 

For more information see the Dayton Human Relations council website or call 937-333-1413.

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