The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans offers firms exciting business opportunities in Professional Services, Construction, Goods and Services through its Economically Disadvantaged Business Program (EDBP).
To ensure that a broad spectrum of local and small businesses receive equitable contracting opportunities with the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans Board, its Board of Directors authorized the State Local Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program since September 1997.
In 2015, local and small business contracting totaled over $15 million in construction, goods/services and professional services. Along with local partnering agencies, the State and Local Disadvantaged Business Program creates a level playing field of which small businesses and DBEs can compete fairly for local government funded contracts.
The S&WB strongly encourages participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) on all open market bids and RFPs.
Participation is, by definition, done by subcontractors. A prime contractor cannot fulfill the participation goal. A DBE certified company acting as the prime contractor must subcontract with other DBE companies to meet the bid goal.