Orange Bill to Expand Opportunities for Business

5/18/2012, 3:09 p.m.

Councilmember Vincent B. Orange has introuduced the "Small, Local and Disadvantagesiness Enterprise Development and Assistance Omnibus Amendment Act of 2012," which will expand opportunities for small and local businesses to grow within the District by adding clarity to the District's small business laws.

This measure clarifies the original intent of the law which is aimed at giving bid preferences to certified small business enterprises; and if there are no adequate certified small business enterprises then the preference shall go to a certified business enterprise. This measure gives the mayor the power to suspend and debar contractors and developers who are consistently in violation of this law.

The measure is co-sponsored by Chairman Kwame Brown and Councilmembers Yvette Alexander, Marion Barry, Muriel Bowser, Michael Brown, Jack Evans, and Jim Graham.

"This bill takes a profound step in the right direction by rewarding District-based businesses, who hire District residents, which in turn creates additional employment opportunitie," said Orange. Further, it improves contracting opportunities for District-based small businesses, which increases the amount of dollars that are circulated within the District's borders."