Savannah Business Opportunity Program

About the Program

The Savannah Business Opportunity (SBO) program is a new City program aimed at increasing utilization of local small businesses in all areas of City procurement. The SBO program helps spur local economic growth and allows small firms to compete at the prime contractor level.

Businesses that meet required revenue and employee thresholds are eligible for certification as Savannah Business Enterprises (SBEs), allowing them to participate in sheltered City contracts. Additionally, the City has established cumulative annual participation goals to increase subcontracting opportunities for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) certified at the state and federal level.

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The Economic Development Department manages the SBO Program, which includes:

  • SBE Certification - A formal certification process to determine a firm’s ownership and control, number of employees, average annual gross revenue, personal net worth, and a minimum of one year of business operation.
  • M/WBE and DBE Goal - A goal for M/WBE’s and DBE’s participation is established by the Mayor and Aldermen annually.  The goal is for the total dollar value of eligible city projects (excluding federal and sole-source projects).  The annual goal may be adjusted at the discretion of the Mayor and Aldermen. 
    • The City of Savannah will accept participation from firms with active disadvantaged, minority, or women-owned firm certification from the following agencies:
      • City of Savannah M/WBE Program 
      • Department of Transportation (including GDOT and other state DOTs)
      • Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) Business Development
      • National Minority Supplier Development Council
      • Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council
  • SBE Reserves - Contracts below $100,000 are reserved for qualified SBEs unless two or fewer certified SBEs are registered in the City of Savannah’s Supplier Portal to perform the work.
  • Compliance – Various compliance activities including pre- and post-award meetings, onsite monitoring visits, subcontractor payment tracker, notices of non-compliance, and other enforcement.
  • Other Program Activities and Support - The City maintains and regularly updates a directory of certified firms: SBE, L/DBE, and M/WBE on the City’s website. The City also provides services to support the growth of D/M/W/SBEs, including business training, mentorship, bonding assistance, access to capital, and networking events.

The Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Program was re-introduced to the minority and woman-owned business community as a part of Savannah First initiative.   Previously certified M/WBE firms who are interested in re-certification should complete the M/WBE Re-certification Affidavit. New applications from minority or women-owned firms are also welcome and encouraged using the M/WBE Certification Application. Both forms are available from the "Quick Links" on this page.    

For more information and assistance, please contact the SBO Program Office at (912) 652-3582 or email