Building Resources in Developing and Growing Enterprises
It is the policy of the City of Tulsa to utilize developing
businesses whenever practicable, and to encourage the utilization
of developing businesses by those who do business with the
Benefits of Certifying
Certified businesses enjoy benefits that help them build
business capacity, navigate the world of business, and network with
Educational Opportunities: Many organizations
put on educational programs, training seminars, and business
development conferences designed to teach small businesses how to
negotiate the business world and become successful. BRIDGE provides
a one-stop information center through the Human Rights Department
so that certified businesses can stay informed about educational
programs around the City.
Peer Partnering: Developing businesses confront
a variety of challenges. Finding resources that are most relevant
to them and knowing how to access them can be a daunting task.
Business owners can also benefit by sharing information about their
challenges and solutions with one another.
Networking: Business people often feel more
comfortable doing business with individuals they already know.
Establishing and nurturing personal relationships is thus a
critical part of developing a successful business. BRIDGE offers
opportunities for certified business owners to meet other business
people with whom they might partner on future projects.
Certified Business Directory
Links to Contracting opportunities in
Engineering, Real Estate, Airport, and Purchasing.
City Contracts Resource Center - Web Links
BRIDGE Certification Application and Procedures
(Download the Certification Procedures and Application to apply
for certification into the City of Tulsa BRIDGE program.)
BRIDGE Certification Procedures
and Application BRIDGE Certification
Application Assistance (if needed)
Business Certification Renewal
Business Certification Reciprocity First-Year Renewal
This document is for those certified via reciprocity from
another agency. Please complete the reciprocity renewal and submit
the supporting document for your first annual
renewal. Afterwards, you can use the annual renewal form.
Businesses can also become certified through reciprocity if they
are already certified with certain agencies.
Currently approved reciprocity agencies are indicated below:
- Department of Transportation (DOT)
- Small Business Administration 8(a)
- North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (NCTCA)
- South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (SCTCA)
- Oklahoma Minority Supplier Development Council (OMSDC)
- Women's Business Council Southwest (WBCSW)
- Oklahoma Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO)
- City of Kansas City, MO Minority/Women/Disadvantaged
Business Enterprise (MWDBE)
All businesses desiring to reciprocate into the City of Tulsa
BRIDGE program should:
1. Complete Section A of the BRIDGE
Certification Application and only submit the supporting
documents in sections 2-6, as outlined below.
2. (Note: System for Award Management (SAM)
reference will not be accepted for section A of the
application). Fill in all blank areas on the
application and refer to SAM in Section B & C in spaces
where SAM data is applicable. Refer to SAM only if you have
included the following in your SBA profile: business
capabilities narrative, keywords, and performance history. Include
a print out of your SBA profile with the submitted application.
3. *Personal Financial Statement (PFS): if the
agency that your firm is certified with requested that you complete
a PFS to certify with their agency, submit a copy of the PFS from
the agency in which you have received a reciprocating
certification. If the agency that your firm received a
reciprocating certification from did not request a completed PFS,
you must submit a completed PFS with your BRIDGE certification
application using the designated City of Tulsa PFS form Personal Financial Statement (PFS)
4. Submit a current copy of the
Letter/Certificate from the agency which your firm has
received a reciprocating certification. This document must have an
5. Submit an economic-disadvantaged narrative
requested in section C9 of the BRIDGE certification application.
See page three of Application Instructions (online) for assistance
6. Mail or deliver your application and its
supporting documents to HRD.
* Data provided in PFS must be less than 12 months old.
NOTE: Councils MUST SUBMIT A PFS for certification with the City
of Tulsa. Out-of-state businesses can only reciprocate if certified
with an approved agency in their home state.
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BRIDGE Survey Feedback
Preventing Illegal Discrimination
It is the policy of the City of Tulsa to prevent illegal
discrimination and to ensure that persons who contract with the
City do not practice illegal discrimination.
To assist the City with implementing this policy, contractors
and subcontractors will be required to provide demographic
information on their workforce, information on their past use of
subcontractors, and information about discrimination complaints and
judgments that resulted in a negative finding or ruling. The Human
Rights Department will be responsible for monitoring patterns of
Information for Prime Contractors
Pilot Incentive Program
The City of Tulsa's Engineering Department will select
City-funded construction projects to bid under a new pilot program.
The new program will break down contracts $250,000 and under,
eliminating pre-qualification and increasing contracting
opportunities. The program is also designed to increase
opportunities by bidding directly to the City of Tulsa. To learn
more about the Pilot Incentive Program, please contact the Public
Works Department at (918) 596-9249.
How General Contractors Can Participate
We invite contractors to participate in all aspects of the
program. Contractors and contractor associations that offer
educational and training opportunities may advertise their events
through the program. Contractors are also encouraged to serve as
peer partners. We are also always grateful to contractors who are
able to help sponsor networking events.
To participate in any of these programs, please contact
the Business Development Coordinator at (918) 596-7818. We are
located at City Hall, 175 East 2nd Street, 6th Floor, Tulsa, OK,