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LA County Business Partnerships

Concessionaires and Business Procurement

Concessionaire opportunities, such as food vending, bike repair, and sports equipment rental, are acquired through fair trade bidding processes. Business procurement, such as construction services, materials suppliers, and maintenance operators, should apply the same bidding processes. In order to increase concessionaire and business procurement opportunities for Small Businesses, a 15% reduction in bid costs is applied to small business applications.

Small Businesses include Social Enterprises (SEs), Local Small Business Enterprise (LSBEs), and Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise (DVBEs).

The LA River is a place for food culture and local vendors.
LA County Public Works, 2018.

Community Based Enterprise (CBEs), including Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), Women Business Enterprises (WBEs), and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), do not qualify for a 15% reduction in bid costs. Alternatively, they can be certified by LA County and listed as a preferred small business vendor. This list qualifies CBEs for preference programs in future LA County capital projects. There should be more outreach to businesses owned by Indigenous Peoples who qualify under these categories as well as coordination between LA County Public Works and the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission on procurement opportunities.

Qualifying Small Business
LA County Opportunities
Social Enterprises (SE)

Local Small Business Enterprises (LSBME)

Disabled Veterans Business Enterprises (DVBE)


Businesses receive a 15% reduction in bid costs

Community Based Enterprises (CBE) Businesses are placed on the LA County’s list of certified CBEs for preferred hiring
LA County Benefits for Qualifying Small Business Designation. Existing funding for river related projects includes federal, state, and local sources.
Source: LA County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs, 2016.

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Recommended Business Practices

LA County expects high quality workplace practices from any contracted vendor. Businesses should follow federal and state regulations on the workplace environment and minimum wage requirements.

In order to support local workers and overall social justice initiatives proposed in the LA River Master Plan, as implementation continues over the next 25 years, further recommendations for businesses include:

  • Do not ask job applicants to identify if they have been charged with a felony offense or have an arrest record, except in accordance with the provisions of applicable law.
  • Employ targeted workers beyond existing percentage required.
  • Employ local talent and pursue diversity reflective of local demographics and inclusive of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Implement longer and gender-neutral paid family leave policies.
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