Rebuild Ready Business Support
Rebuild’s historic investment of hundreds of millions of dollars presents an opportunity to support small, diverse businesses. Often, these businesses face barriers that make it difficult for them to work on public works projects.
Rebuild will help small businesses:
- Become certified and registered as a minority-owned-business (MBE) or woman-owned-business (WBE).
- Meet bonding requirements.
- Meet insurance requirements.
- Access capital and financing.
- Develop bids and manage cash flow.
- Get access to technical assistance and back-office supports (e.g. book-keeping).
- Get access to networking events that connect diverse businesses with the nonprofits managing Rebuild projects.
Rebuild Ready is being offered in partnership with the Enterprise Center and Surety Bond Associates.
Sign up for the program by filling out the Enterprise Center Business Services Application. Be sure to select “Rebuild Ready” at the end of the application.
The Rebuild Emerging Vendors Program helps businesses get certified as minority- or woman-owned. This valuable designation can be complicated and time-consuming for small businesses to pursue, especially if they lack full-time office staff and extra resources.
Participants get expert assistance to help them:
- Meet diversity goals for Rebuild contracts.
- Work toward permanent certification for all City contracts.
Sign up for the Emerging Vendors Program through the Office of Economic Opportunity.
Rebuild projects will likely need architects, landscape architects, general contractors, plumbers, electricians, and partners to carry out community engagement and more.
Most Rebuild projects will be managed by experienced and qualified nonprofits called “project users.” These nonprofits will apply for grants to work on Rebuild projects.
Projects may also be managed directly by the City of Philadelphia or by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority.
You can view contracting opportunities for all projects on Rebuild’s contract opportunity portal.
Call for interest
If you are a business, organization, or professional interested in working on Rebuild projects, fill out Rebuild’s call for interest form to market your services to the nonprofits that manage Rebuild projects.
These nonprofits will hire partners for community engagement, design, and construction.
There are two forms to choose from. The design and construction form is for professionals who work in the design and construction industries, including:
- Professional services firms (e.g. owner’s representatives, project managers, accountants, etc.).
The community engagement form is for those who have expertise in community outreach and engagement, such as:
- Community organizations.
- Cultural organizations.
- Project managers.
After you submit the form, your information will be entered into a directory. This directory is shared with the nonprofits that manage Rebuild projects.
Together with their partners, they use the directory to find businesses and organizations to contract with when working on Rebuild projects.