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Business Outreach Program
Metropolitan Water District's Business Outreach program promotes business and economic development in Southern California through providing goods and professional services contracting opportunities to small, regional, and disabled veteran businesses. Metropolitan's business outreach program represents a current reinvestment of more than $1 billion in Southern California small businesses.

Our Tap into Opportunities business outreach newsletter will help you stay up-to-date on information about open Request for Bids, Request for Proposals and Request for Qualifications as well as upcoming business events.

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CalCon Expo 2016

California Construction Expo
July 28, 2016
Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center

Metropolitan is one of the hosting agencies of this annual event to showcase public agency contracting opportunities. Click here to sponsor, exhibit and/or register for CalCon Expo 2016. Click here for the CalCon Expo: Building Your Future video.

Our Programs

Metropolitan provides three programs to support small, regional and disabled veteran-owned businesses, and has set a small business utilization goal of 18 percent and a disabled veteran- business enterprise goal of three percent. Read more.

Small Business Program – Provides bid incentives and governmental contracting education for businesses that comply with the  U.S. Small Business Administration*(SBA) industry guidelines.

Regional Business Program – Promotes equitable contracting opportunities and provides bid incentives for businesses located in Metropolitan's 5,200 square-mile service area which includes portions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties.

Disabled Veteran-owned Business Program – Encourages participation through bid incentives and tailored education for disabled veteran-owned businesses that have met either the State of California* or federal certification*.

Benefits of Registration

If you want to do business with and receive notices regarding bid opportunities Metropolitan Water District you must register with us through NetConnect, a simple online application process.

The NETConnect system allows all vendors easy online access to RFBs, RFP's or RFQ's, and award Addendums and bid results. If you need assistance when registering, please contact NETConnect. NETConnect provides all technical and customer support for this system and will be happy to assist you.

There are many valuable benefits in registering through NetConnect:


The Small Business Administration guidelines provide a simple online application process that can be completed within minutes.  Certification is typically approved (received) within 48 hours.

Reciprocity with the State of California

Metropolitan recognizes small/disabled veteran business enterprises certified through the State of California Department of General Services, but still requires all vendors to register with Metropolitan to receive bid notices and other communications. Click here.

Incentives for Advertised Contracts

  • Construction Contracts: There is a small and/or disabled veteran business enterprise (S/DVBE) subcontractor utilization requirement for all Metropolitan construction contracts over $100,000.
  • Professional Services Contracts: There is a 5 percent scoring preference for S/DVBEs and a 5 percent scoring preference for regional businesses.
  • Procurement Contracts: There is a 5 percent reduction credit on procurement contract for S/DVBEs and a 5 percent reduction credit for regional businesses.  There is a $25,000 maximum reduction credit.

Contract Compliance Oversight

The Contract Compliance and Accountability Program (CCAP) monitors construction contracts greater than $100,000 for prime contractor compliance with Metropolitan's small business requirement (SBR). An SBR is established for each contract based on the dollar value of the contract, scope of work and small business contractor availability. Typically, the minimum SBR is 20 percent.

The CCAP also tracks small business enterprise utilization for all professional services contracts. There are currently no enforced requirements, but established organization goals that range from 18 to 20 percent SBE utilization depending on the type and scope of service contracted.

Key Contacts

Doing Business Contacts:

Business Outreach Program
John Arena, Manager
(213) 217-5519

Water Innovation & Tech.
Wigs Mendoza, Manager
(213) 217-7631

Business Outreach Hotline
(213) 217-7444

Professional Services
Olivia Freeman, Manager
(213) 217-7218

Construction Services
Spec Desk
(213) 217-6515

Purchasing Services

John Poli, Manager
(213) 217-7574

Secondary Land Use
Real Estate Services
(213) 217-7750

Filming and Parking at Headquarters Building
Real Estate Services
(213) 217-7750