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Locally Owned Small Business Initiative
Supporting Area Development
Shelby County government believes that a successful community is one where all levels of society and business are given equal opportunity to enjoy economic success and prosperity. The Purchasing Department believes that locally owned small businesses represent a major part of our business community and offer a wide variety of products and services needed by the county. When the county utilizes this segment of the community through its Purchasing Department, it enriches the owners, employees, and families of these businesses and the community as a whole with success and prosperity.

How the Program Works

Locally-owned small business subcontractors who have been certified by the Shelby County Equal Opportunity Compliance (EOC) office are urged to consider same in compilation of their bid. Additionally, subcontractors on the list are advised of the project so that they may advise the general contractor of their desire to submit a bid.

For informational purposes, the county considers a locally-owned small business to be one which:
  • Is a sole proprietorship, corporation, partnership, joint venture, or any other business or professional entity that has gross annual sales of $5 million or less during the last three fiscal years
  • At least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by a Shelby County resident and located within the boundaries of Shelby County, Tennessee

Promoting Growth

To help expand these programs, the Purchasing Department urges our locally-owned small businesses to contact the Shelby County EOC office at (901) 222-1100 and inquire about certification.

As we move to a new millennium, Shelby County will continue to emphasize policies that foster locally owned small businesses by removing obstacles to their growth and by implementing incentives. For all of us, it is important to remember that fostering small businesses is good business in Shelby County.

Vasco A. Smith, Jr. County Administration Building • (901) 222-2300
160 North Main Street Memphis TN 38103
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