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April 12, 2021

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Allows Qualified Vendors to Compete for Airport Opportunities Faster
A new online portal helps streamline disadvantaged business certifications.

(Los Angeles, CA) As part of ongoing efforts to promote contracting opportunities within the airport marketplace, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), in partnership with the Los Angeles Public Works-Bureau of Contract Administration (BCA), has launched a new online portal for vendors to apply for certification as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) or an Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE).

The new portal makes the DBE/ACDBE certification process easy and streamlined for applicants seeking the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) designations that enable businesses owned by socially or economically disadvantaged individuals the opportunity to compete for airport contracts.

Access to the portal is available at

"Los Angeles World Airports is firmly committed to breaking down barriers and enabling more disadvantaged businesses to participate in our massive transformation efforts," said Justin Erbacci, Chief Executive Officer, LAWA. "With our partners at Public Works-Bureau of Contract Administration, we are advancing the shared goal of ensuring that local and small disadvantaged businesses can more easily apply for certification and compete for business opportunities at LAX and Van Nuys Airport."

Prior to the portal's introduction, the city's certification officers relied on paper copies of required documents. Communication between the city and vendors took place primarily by telephone or email, and additional time was needed to review submitted documents required for certification under the federal program.

The new portal speeds up the review process by digitizing and storing all of these documents online. Vendors seeking either type of certification can now submit all the required paperwork online. Communication among vendors, LAWA and BCA also can be handled online.

"We are proud to partner with LAWA to launch this new online portal. It's a shining example of the City's efforts to create a more accessible and streamlined certification process for our business communities that need it the most," said John L. Reamer, Jr., Inspector of Public Works and Director of the Bureau of Contract Administration. "Many renowned Public Works projects have been designed and constructed by our disadvantaged business community and this new system will help other similar businesses get certified and compete for contracts more quickly to continue this important work."

Applicants also can take advantage of online virtual training modules hosted on the new portal, covering a variety of topics, including registration of a vendor's firm in the system, contract compliance and more. It also features a searchable database of DBE/ACDBE-certified firms, and is available for DBE/ACDBE-certified vendors to submit required annual update forms and documents when appropriate.

DBE/ACDBE applications are processed by municipalities throughout California that are certifying members of the California Unified Certification Program (CUCP), and the new portal's design was led by Caltrans. LAWA and BCA are both certifying partners that are able to grant DBE and ACDBE certifications.

With the new portal, LAWA anticipates it will be easier for small business vendors from disadvantaged communities to apply for certification and pursue contracts at LAX and VNY. LAWA is a leader among government agencies and the aviation industry in inclusive contracting practices, and provides many resources for businesses to learn what they need to succeed in competing for and winning airport contracts.

About Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)
Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is the City of Los Angeles department that owns and operates Los Angeles International (LAX) and Van Nuys (VNY) general aviation airports, as well as aviation-related property in Palmdale. Both play an integral role in helping to meet the Southern California regional demand for passenger, cargo and general aviation service. Both airports make a distinct contribution to the strength of the system as it provides a high level of safety, security and service for its customers, communities and stakeholders. More information can be found at As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. Alternative formats in large print, braille, audio, and other forms (if possible) will be provided upon request.

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