DeKalb First (LSBE Program)

ALERT: Please join us on March 31, 2022 for our 6th Annual Reverse Trade Show and Procurement Summit!

The “DeKalb First” LSBE Ordinance (Local Small Business Enterprise) was enacted on September 27, 2016 by the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners with the intention of providing earned revenue to local certified businesses through our competitive bid process.  The success of local small businesses remains a permanent goal of the County; therefore, some major changes were made to the Ordinance as listed:

Requirements to provide more proof that an LSBE is qualified and experienced in their specified fields

Increased gross receipts limits to match or exceed SBA’s (United States Small Business Administration) limits –

            $35 Million: Construction

            $5 Million: Professional Services

            $3 Million: Commodity Suppliers

Creation of a LSBE Review Panel that consists of the COO, P&C Director and User Department Director in which are, authorized to waive, decrease or increase the 20% benchmark and approve or disapprove LSBE(s) to be substituted on contracts.

Establishment of a Purchasing Policy revision that shall deem non-responsive all primes that do not meet the established LSBE participation benchmark or demonstrate a documented “Good Faith Effort” (GFE).

All projects valued over $5,000,000.00 are required to be performed by entities who have engaged in a mentor-protégé partnership.

A mandatory LSBE meeting is held weekly, in which all primes must attend to ensure that LSBE(s) have an opportunity to connect with the interested parties in all upcoming solicitations (Mandatory (Prime) DeKalb First LSBE Meetings).

These meetings occur each Wednesday in a morning and afternoon session, 10:00am – 11:00am AND 2:00pm – 3:00pm. Participation is available via video and/or audio conferencing. Attendance is required at only one (1) meeting each week, based on solicitation requirements.

To attend the 10:00am Mandatory Prime/LSBE Meeting via video conferencing, Join Zoom Meeting:

To attend the 2:00pm Mandatory Prime/LSBE Meeting via video conferencing, Join Zoom Meeting:

Please utilize audio conferencing if you are unable to access the Zoom Meeting, dial: 1-888-270-9936 Conference code 107222. 

All attendees will be required to complete an introduction of themselves and provide contact information for the company in which they are representing during the meeting times. Please be sure to complete this task prior to leaving the meeting to ensure that your attendance has been recorded for eligibility to participate in the corresponding solicitations. 


DeKalb County Government is committed to ensuring that small businesses have adequate opportunities to succeed. Experience Procurement Guidance, Network, Engage and Connect with County User Department Representatives to market your products and services.