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A commitment to small, local businesses

The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is committed to the growth of the San Diego region, and works relentlessly to ensure that local, small, historically underutilized, disabled veteran and emerging businesses have every opportunity to work with the airport.

To make certain that small businesses have everything they need to compete, the Airport Authority provides education and training, both in-person and online. Such programs include the Turner School of Construction Management, a Bonding and Contract Finance Assistance Program, free online business tutorials and more.

In addition to providing assistance before work begins, the Airport Authority also keeps a keen eye on how work is put out to bid. Big projects like the Green Build Terminal 2 expansion are broken down into packages that are manageable for small businesses. This allows for more businesses to bid, and to get work at the airport. The strategy is a huge success: During the Green Build, 88 percent of available contract work went to local businesses and 25 percent went to small businesses. Laid out in dollars, $467.5 million went to small and local businesses — an incredible number for a project of this size.

And they’re not stopping there. As the Airport Authority embarks on more than $300 million in development on the airport’s north side, it will continue its vigorous outreach to the local business community. Opportunity awareness events are currently taking place across the county. Below are two profiles on small businesses who’ve taken advantage of the programs the Airport Authority offered, and who have been able to reap the rewards.

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