Small Business and Local Preference Program

The Small Business and Local Preference Program was approved and adopted by Metro's Board of Directors on October 20, 2005. The implementation of this program was started after a two year pilot and trial period which began in May 2003.

The purpose of the Small Business and Local Preference Program (SBLPP) as mandated by Metro's Board of Directors and managed by the Office of Procurement and Materials is to enhance contracting opportunities for small businesses in the District of Columbia, State of Maryland, and Commonwealth of Virginia. The program targets and gives preference to qualified small businesses in the procurement of goods and services when Metro awards contracts for non-federally funded purchases of $150,000 or less (simplified acquisition process).

Metro's policy ensures that all small and local businesses have an opportunity to participate in the procurement process. To participate in the SBLPP and receive preferred status, a firm must:

  • Qualify as a small business as defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 13 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 121 through 201 (see Size Standards).
  • Have a place of business incorporated in the District of Columbia, State of Maryland or Commonwealth of Virginia.

For any questions about the program or prompt payment questions, please email at DBEHotline@wmata.com.

In support of Metro's sustainability initiatives, all applications and forms must be e-filed. Paper documents are not accepted.  For any questions, please email at DBEHotline@wmata.com.

Applying for a new certification is a two-step process:

  1. Register: As a supplier, register using WMATA's Supplier Portal. A temporary password will be sent to the email address provided during registration.
  2. Apply for Certification: Sign-In to WMATA's Supplier Portal using your User Id and Password. Navigate to Manage Events and Place Bids > My Certification page > Add a New Value. For detailed instructions, see the user guide.

If you have issues applying for certification please email at DBEHotline@wmata.com.

Note: It is the firm's owner(s) responsibility to submit an updated Declaration of Certification affidavit every two years from the bidders' initial date of submission.

Metro's procurement agents who process orders of $150,000 or less will first select small, local bidders who are registered in the Vendor Registration System (VRS) and are matched with the requirements of the solicitation. Qualified and registered small and local businesses competing against large businesses will be allowed a five (5%) percent margin on their prices when bids are evaluated to make award determinations. For questions about the program, please email at DBEHotline@wmata.com and see the SBLPP FAQs PDF Icon.

SBLPP Vendor List

Firms appearing in this directory are certified as an SBLPP. Participants need to file for an updated application every two years from their initial submission date. Firms will be removed if they don't file for this updated application.

To apply for updated declaration of certification:

  • Sign-In to WMATA's Supplier Portal using your User Id and Password. Navigate to Manage Events and Place Bids > My Certification page > Certification Review. For detail instructions see the user guide.

If you have issues applying for annual certification, please email at DBEHotline@wmata.com.