Northeast Ohio Celebrates Small Business Week with BOP Program

Small Business Week runs May 4 to 8 with the theme, "Dream Big. Start Small."

This week, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is celebrating Small Business Week — part of the national Small Business Administration program recognizing outstanding entrepreneurs, small-business owners and subcontractors. Throughout the celebration week, the Sewer District will share small business success stories as it relates to the Business Opportunities Program.

"I’m very proud of the effort the Sewer District has made to engage and attract small businesses," says Tiffany Jordan, sewer district manager of contract compliance. "Since the inception of the Business Opportunities Program in 2010, more than $45 million has been paid to local small businesses, which includes minority-owned, women-owned and small business enterprises."

In an effort to enhance diversity, inclusion and local business opportunities, the sewer district launched the BOP in 2010. The program is designed to enhance opportunities for minority-owned, women-owned and small businesses in the areas of goods, professional services, construction and engineering. Prime contractors are required to use certified BOP contractors to complete various projects. For example, for the Euclid Creek Tunnel, a $189 million program designed to reduce the amount of raw sewage discharging into the environment during heavy rain events, nearly $37 million went to local small businesses.

"Our goal has been to continually engage the local small business community," says Julius Ciaccia, sewer district CEO. "Over the past four years, the sewer district has hosted nearly 40 outreach events, including prime contractor ‘matchmaking’ programs and Certification 101 seminars. To date, nearly 500 small businesses are registered with the sewer district."

Any company interested in becoming a certified BOP participant:

  • Must register as a vendor at
  • Must be physically located in the sewer district's Metropolitan Statistical Area which consists of Cuyahoga, Lorain, Lake, Summit, Geauga, Medina, Portage, Trumbull (Warren), Mahoning (Youngstown), Stark (Canton-Massillon) and Jefferson (Ashtabula) counties.
  • Must not exceed size standards.

"Over the next several years, the sewer district will invest billions of dollars in sewer infrastructure," says Jordan. "So, there are opportunities for businesses of all sizes in our region."


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