Partnering with Small Businesses
The Water Authority works with small businesses to procure goods and services that support the essential work of the agency. The Small Contractor Outreach and Opportunities Program, known as SCOOP, is designed to maximize small business participation on Water Authority contracts and procurements.
If your company is interested in doing business with the Water Authority, following a few simple steps will help you begin to position your company to win a piece of the Water Authority contracting pie:
- Review goods and services the Water Authority typically solicits competitive proposals and bids.
- Register your company with Bidnet’s California Purchasing Group, which serves as the Water Authority’s online vendor portal.
- View current and upcoming contracting opportunities.
With an emphasis on outreach and partnering, rather than on goals or quotas, the SCOOP program has resulted in significant small business inclusion in all procurement sectors, including construction, professional services, maintenance and non-professional services, and materials, supplies and equipment.
This objective is met through outreach activities such as networking, training, and technical assistance. SCOOP facilitates the development and reinforcement of skill sets that small businesses need to partner, bid, and perform successfully on Water Authority projects.