Small Business Information and Updates
Recent shifts in Government policy have placed an increase in emphasis on employing small businesses for contracts. Accordingly, agencies have broadened the requirements to qualify as a small business, opening the doors to a number of new opportunities. Rincon Consultants has provided services to State and Federal government agencies since 1994, and these recent changes will allow us to provide services on a much wider scale.
Federal Small Business Concern
Effective March 12, 2012, the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) increased the Size Standards for 34 industries and three sub-industries in the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 54: Professional, Technical, and Scientific Services. Rincon Consultants primarily performs work under a subset of this main sector: NAICS Code 541620 Environmental Consulting and this increase in size standards established Rincon as a Federal Small Business Concern.
This Small Business designation allows Rincon to pursue Federal contracts that are Small Business set aside as well as team with larger firms on Federal contracts to establish a Small Business utilization percentage.
Prior to this new designation, Rincon had been involved in Federal projects through a General Services Administration (GSA) contract. This GSA Contract allows federal agencies to procure services at set rates directly from Rincon through the GSA Advantage!® website. We are eligible to bid on projects posted on government websites that are not accessible for all environmental consulting firms. Since 2010 Rincon has been approved to provide services through our GSA contract for the following Special Item Numbers (SINs):
- 899-1, 899-1RC – Environmental Consulting Services
- 899-7, 899-8RC – Geographic Information Services
- 899-8, 899-8RC – Remediation and Reclamation Services
For additional information about Rincon’s GSA contract or to see our Federal Supply Schedule (FSS), click here.
State of California Certified Small Business
Since 2003 Rincon Consultants has been a Certified Small Business (#4417) through the California Department of General Services (DGS), Office of Small Business & Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Services (OSDS). This certification offers a number of advantages for pursuing contracts including a 5% bid preference and precedence over non-small business bidders on applicable State solicitations. The Small Business certification also allows prime contractors to utilize our 5% bid preference if they acquire our services for at least 25% of the net bid price on applicable contracts.
In order to increase the number of successful small business practices in California, the Governor instituted a 25% small business participation in the procurement process. To successfully meet this percentage, a number of State agencies including Caltrans, the California State University System, and various Cities and Counties recognize the DGS certification and strive to contract with Small Businesses. Being certified as a Small Business allows Rincon to meet or exceed this goal and helps establish the firm as a key strategic player in the California environmental consulting market.
To see Rincon's Small Business profile on the California DGS website, click here.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) delivers millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. In keeping with the mandate of Section 15(g) of the Small Business Act, SBA’s Office of Government Contracting sets goals with other federal departments and agencies to reach the statutory goal of 23% in prime contract dollars to small businesses. They also provide small businesses with subcontracting procurement opportunities, outreach programs, and training. For more information about the SBA, click here.
About CA DGS
The DGS-PD, Office of Small Business and DVBE Services (OSDS) is the State of California's certifying agency administering the Small Business and DVBE Certification Programs. The OSDS' Communications & Outreach section assists Small and Disabled Veteran businesses by participating in outreach events, providing resource guidance and supporting the businesses through advocacy. For more information about the CA DGS, click here.