Micro Local Business Enterprise (MLBE) Certification


Are you a Small Business located in Kent County? Are you interested in doing business with the City of Grand Rapids? You are in the right place.

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We are always looking to do Business with local vendors, please register your company here for Payment and Bid Opportunities.

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Certified Micro Local Business Enterprises (Micro-LBEs) are prioritized businesses that the City of Grand Rapids looks to for all spending needs. Micro-LBEs range from Construction, Goods & Services, and Professional Services to cover a variety of spending needs across the organization.

Micro Local Business Enterprise Policy(PDF, 380KB)

Apply to be a Micro-LBE Here

  • Free Certification

  • Priority Vendor Status with City and Partners

  • Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College honors MLBE Certification for Purchasing

  • 3% Bid Discount for Goods and Services and Professional Services suppliers

  • Construction Contractors provide up to 5% Bid Discount with Primes

We track our MBE and WBE spend, so we encourage all business owners to provide their current certification(s) applicable. If you are a Minority or Women Business Enterprise and have not obtained any of the following certifications, we encourage you to contact the agencies below:

  1. National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
  2. Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC)
  3. Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
  4. Great Lakes Women’s Business Council (GLWBC)
  5. National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC)
  6. Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

City of Grand Rapids Annual Spending

Every year we spend millions of dollars in Construction, Goods and Services, and Professional Services to improve our City. We are always seeking to increase our spend with registered MLBE’s. Please consider being a supplier of City goods and services.

Medical Marijuana Contracting

The Medical Marijuana industry has entered the Grand Rapids market and some companies are opting to spend 24% or more of their operating income with certified MLBE’s for the first 3 years of operations. To learn more about this amazing opportunity, please contact us.

River Restoration Contracting

We are preparing for a once in a lifetime project of restoring the rapids in the Grand River. This project will have both in-water and waterside design and construction, which MLBE utilization will be a priority. If your company qualifies to become an MLBE, please apply to take advantage of such a great opportunity.