Small Business and Services Disabled Veteran Business Assistance
The purpose of the Metro Small Business and Service Disable Veteran Owned Business Program is to stimulate economic growth by preparing and developing small and service disabled veteran owned businesses so that they can participate effectively in City procurements and become positive contributors to the Nashville economy.
There is a tangible benefit to being an approved Small or Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business with Metro. The Metro Procurement Code and Regulations authorize the Purchasing Agent to include a cost incentive to maximize the participation and performance of Metro approved Small Business/Service Disabled Veteran businesses. If the Offeror is one of these businesses, Metro considers the work the firm commits to self-perform. If the work is subcontracted or otherwise procured, only the work performed by a Metro approved subcontractor or supplier may be considered for the purposes of award incentive.
Some solicitations are the result of an Small Business/Service Disabled Veteran Business set-aside. In those cases only approved firms may submit an offer. The solicitation will state in the opening description if it is a set-aside solicitation. If a threshold has been established, only offers that meet the established threshold will be eligible for cost incentives. Incentive consideration, if included, is calculated on a pro rata basis for those offers in excess of the established threshold. If the solicitation states a required participation level, then only those offerors committing to achieve or exceed the established amount will be considered responsive to the solicitation. The solicitation will not contain a cost incentive.
Businesses should always be sure to read the solicitation to understand exactly how Metro will incent the maximum participation of Small Business/Service Disabled Veteran businesses.