To ensure the equitable participation by small and local businesses in its contracts, MDX has adopted two separate policies: Small Business (SB) Participation Policy and Local Business (LB) Participation Policy. Both these policies require that certified SB’s and LB’s participate in MDX contracts.
To ensure these policies are met, MDX requires a minimum of 15% SB participation as well as an additional 15% LB participation in the majority of its contracts. To guarantee the maximum distribution of work possible, firms that may be certified as both a small business and a local business cannot meet the participation requirement of both LB and SB in a contract.
MDX has designed an outreach program in support of its Small Business Participation Policy and Local Business Participation Policy, the MDX For Business Program.
Small Business Participation
To qualify as a Small Business for MDX, vendors must be certified as a Small Business Enterprise by Miami-Dade County under any of the following gender and race neutral programs:
- Architecture & Engineering Program
- Construction Services Program
- Goods & Services Program
All of the above certifications are accepted to meet the Small Business participation requirement in a contract as long as the certification applies to the services being performed.
For details of the certification process and requirements by Miami Dade County, please visit their website at www.miamidade.gov or contact their Small Business Development Certification Unit at 305-375-3111.
Local Business Participation
To qualify as a Local Business for MDX, vendors must be certified by MDX. Certification eligibility is based on the vendor meeting and demonstrating two out of the three following criteria:
- 60% of more of the firms ownership must reside in Miami Dade County;
- The vendor’s main office must be located in Miami Dade County for a minimum of two years;
- The majority (51% or more) of the vendor’s employees must reside in Miami Dade, Broward, and/or Monroe counties.
The MDX Local Business certification process takes approximately 7 to 10 business days from the date a complete and compliant application is received.
- Local Business Participation Policy
- Local Business Certification Application
- List of Certified Local Businesses
MDX For Business Program
In addition to multiple partnerships with sister agencies and sponsorship of events in support of the small and local business community, the MDX for Business Program is comprised of three major components:
Educational Program: Free technical and entrepreneurial training courses and workshops for certified Small Business and at a reduced cost to certified Local Businesses.
Career Enhancement Program: Free technical and entrepreneurial training courses and workshops to unemployed individuals in the transportation industry.
Annual MDX for Business Conference: Each year MDX hosts a conference to provide small and local businesses an opportunity to network; meet MDX staff and Board members; learn about contracting opportunities with MDX and other government agencies, as well as about partnering opportunities with other prime vendors. An array of exhibitors comprised of government agencies, non-for-profit organizations, corporations, financial institutions, and others have the opportunity to display their business and provide information to the attendees.
This is the one event where the transportation industry networks with all other industries to explore and discover the potential for partnering and supporting each other. Although this conference is hosted by MDX, it is a true partnership among all attendees, exhibitors, and presenters as each play an essential part in making the conference effective and successful.