For over a year, I have worked with Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett, Supervisor of the Fifth District, to deliver an innovative program that will boost our local economy and create jobs without raising the cost of government.
During last Tuesday’s board meeting, the Board of Supervisors approved the Local Small Business Preference Policy, which will engage local small businesses and expand opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses.
Starting September 1, 2019, Orange County-based small businesses will be first in line as they compete for hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts issued by the county government.
Orange County spends over 1/4 of its $7 billion budget on contracts every year. By working with small businesses in the county, we are reinvesting our tax dollars back into our community, creating more job opportunities and continued economic prosperity for Orange County.
Orange County joins numerous other governments in adopting a preference policy for procurements – Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Sacramento, and Imperial Counties.