Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Improving Business Opportunities for Small Business Owners

I recently joined Mayor Villaraigosa, other electeds and a host of small business advocates to announce a new directive that will create a fairer, more accessible system to increase business opportunities for small business owners. Los Angeles is home to one of the largest, most diverse small business communities in the world and the Business Inclusion Program will help the City tap more effectively into that vast pool of talent.

This new program will be implemented largely through the City’s online business platform, the Los Angeles Business Assistance Virtual Network (BAVN), and will include benchmarks to increase business participation for small, minority, and, for the first time, service-disabled Veteran owned businesses. It will also require that all City contracts subject to advertisement be listed online at the BAVN.

As Chair of the Public Works Committee, I will help ensure goals are met by holding our department managers accountable for the benchmarks set out for them under the Business Inclusion Program.