Certification Criteria

    • Applicant owner(s) must provide a copy of the Vendor Status Application submitted to Leon County Schools (LCS) Purchasing/Finance Department to become an approved vendor with Leon County Schools. This form must be remitted to the (LCS) Purchasing department for processing.
    • The Certification application is required to be completed in its entirety and must be notarized. Unanswered questions may be grounds for certification denial. If the question does not apply to your firm, then mark the question N/A.
    • Majority owner(s) must reside and the business must currently be located in the Leon, Gadsden, Jefferson, or Wakulla Counties (Local Market Area), Florida, for at least six (6) months.
    • Majority owner(s) must be a United States Citizen, or lawfully admitted permanent resident of the United States of America.
    • Applicant owner(s) business must be a "For Profit" business concern; legally structured either as a corporation, organized under laws of the State of Florida, or a partnership, sole proprietorship, limited liability corporation (LLC), or other business or professional entity as required by Florida Law.
    • Applicant owner(s) business must be an independent firm and not an affiliated, front, façade, broker, or pass through.
    • Applicant owner(s) business must currently be licensed as required by local, state, and federal law; and must be engaging in commercial transactions typical of the field, with customers in the local market area other than state of government agencies, for each specialty area in which Certification is sought. Furthermore, if a supplier, the business must be making sales regularly from goods maintained in stock. Provide current documentation of your firm's Florida license(s) to business (i.e. occupational, professional, or business registration).
    • Applicant owner(s) business annual gross receipts on average, over the immediately preceding three (3) year period, shall not exceed $2,000,000.00/year. Provide the three (3) most current business tax returns for the past three (3) years in business. To qualify as a SBE, you must submit copies of your business tax returns and all related schedules for the last three (3) years. The corresponding forms are: Sole Proprietorship: Form 1040 and Schedule C; Corporation: Form 1120 and Form 1040; Partnership: Form 1065 and Form 1040.
    • Applicant owner(s) is required by Leon County Schools' policy to provide copies of the certificate showing the Type of Insurance and coverage limitations held by the firm. The respective insurance coverage will be required based on the specific type of service activity or commodity your firm provides for the District. The types of insurance includes liability coverage(s), workers' compensation, property, automobile, and professional. All insurance forms must list Leon County Schools as additionally insured on the insurance certificate(s).
    • Applicant owner(s) business must employ 15 or fewer full-time or part-time employees, including leased employees to qualify as a SBE vendor.
    • If your firm is a corporation, provide letters of incorporation. If your firm is a partnership, provide signed partnership agreement.
    • Applicant owner(s) must provide current copies of Small Business Enterprise Certification(s) from all local entities, if applicable.
    • Applicant owner(s) must provide copies of firm's stock certificate(s) and stock transfer agreement(s).
    • Once all of your firm's required documentation have been received and verified, a two (2) year Small Business Enterprise Certificate validating certification will be issued to your business from Leon County Schools.

Re-certification Criteria

    • Current Leon County Schools Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Vendor(s), who wish to remain a certified with the Leon County School Board are required to complete the Re-Certification Application for renewal of Small Busines Enterprise certification status. The Re-Certification will give (SBE) Owners the advantage of being a part of upcoming projects and economic opportunities for the District.
    • Vendor(s) whose certification is expired will have approximately ten (10) business days to complete the re-certifcation application and submit the required forms to the (SBE) Office for processing. If a vendor fail to complete and submit the application, it will result in the removal of the business from the certified Small Business Vendor(s) list with Leon County Schools.
    • Once we have received and verified a vendor's information, a two (2) year Small Business Certificate will be issued from Leon County Schools.