Are You a Cleveland Area Small Business Looking for New Business Opportunities?
Joining the Green Plus program and achieving Green Plus Mover status gives your company a 2% bid discount when pursuing work with the City of Cleveland as a local and sustainable business. Review the City of Cleveland’s latest Requests for Proposal (RFPs) and Invitations to Bid (ITBs).
What the City of Cleveland Sustainable Business Preference Means for Your Business
Similar to MBE, FBE or local certification with the city, becoming a certified sustainable business offers your business a 2% advantage when bidding on City contracts. If you already have MBE, FBE or local certification, the sustainable certification provides an additional 2% advantage. The City has endorsed the Green Plus program to designate certified sustainable businesses.
The Green Plus program entails taking a questionnaire about your current business practices. If you earn a minimum score of 40%, the Green Plus team will send a letter to the City informing them that your business has qualified for the sustainable advantage.
Why Now Is a Great Time to Invest in Sustainable Certification
The base price of Green Plus is $550; if you’re a sole proprietor (2 or fewer employees), the base price is $150.
- Through a grant from the Ohio Department of Development, COSE is currently offering full scholarships on Green Plus. The grants also provide businesses in Cuyahoga & Lake County with a $500 discount on a comprehensive energy assessment, which will provide a snapshot of how you use energy and what steps you can take to lower consumption and cut your utility bills. COSE also has a host of rich educational resources available to you as you go through the sustainability certification process. Find out more at COSE’s Small Business Energy Efficiencypage here.
Learn More about the Green Plus Program
4. Read the Green Plus Frequently Asked Questions
5. Sign up today to earn additional points on your City bids!
The City of Cleveland Local and Sustainable Business Preference Ordinance
Read the city ordinance here.
Cleveland-area Organizations Currently Participating in Green Plus
The following Cleveland-area organizations are already taking advantage of what Green Plus offers: