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S.D. Small Businesses May Soon Have Competitive Edge

— Small businesses in San Diego could soon have an advantage when biding on city contracts. The city council will decide today whether to adopt a program designed to give smaller companies a competitive edge.

The Small Local Business Enterprise program would try to level the playing field between small San Diego companies and larger organizations that might be able to offer their services for less money. But Councilman Tony Young says giving preference to smaller, local companies would mean putting more San Diegans to work. He says he’s not worried about the program dissuading larger businesses from pursuing city contracts.

“Many of the larger businesses have done very well in the city. In fact, compared to some of the smaller businesses, maybe too well,” he says.

In a report, the council’s Independent Budget Analyst says the program may cost the city money. But the report says the cost has to be weighed against the benefits small, local businesses will get from the program. If approved the program would take effect this summer.

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LGMike | January 11, 2010 at 1:47 p.m. ― 7 years, 1 month ago

If the City Council want to improve our local economy. The so called increased costs is BS. Think about getting rid of layer upon layer of regulations which only large Companies can afford. Also, as a Charter City, we don't have to issue jobs at "prevailing rates" which by your own every study and expert has proven to increase costs on public sector contracts in the neighborhood of 20-30% at the very least. There are plenty of Small and Medium size Companies which are qualified , and have the expertise to do the majority of City Contracts at a lower cost than "Union Prevailing Wage" contracts call for. It's time for the City to get real in todays marketplace.
You might even be able to get managed competion of City services without the Unions telling you what to do (and the majority of the taxpayers have told you what to do, instead of the small minority of less than 11% nationwide union members) on costs.

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