Small Business Enterprise Procedures for Treasure and Yerba Buena Islands


An objective of the development of Treasure Island is to create contracting opportunities for small business professional service firms and construction contractors, defined for the purpose of this project as Small Business Enterprises, individually an "SBE".  The Project’s Small Business Enterprise Procedures (the “SBE Procedures-TI/YBI”), a component of the Project’s Jobs Equal Opportunity Program (Jobs EOP), establishes the Project’s SBE-eligibility criteria, establishes specific SBE participation goals for both professional services and construction.  The SBE Procedures require good faith efforts designed to ensure broad contracting opportunities for all categories of SBEs.

This page is intended to provide a broad overview of the SBE Procedures-TI/YBI.  Interested parties are advised to read and understand the SBE Procedures document in its entirety. 

View and download the SBE Procedures-TI/YBI v. 09-14-16 document

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In formulating Bids, Treasure Island Community Development, LLC, the Developer, Vertical Developer, Contractors, Subcontractors, Consultants and Subconsultants. will in good faith identify and select contracting opportunities to solicit and obtain Bids from a broad range of SBEs and, where appropriate, they will divide the work in order to encourage maximum SBE participation or, alternatively, encourage SBEs to joint venture.

SBE Utilization Goals

For Contractor Contracts and Subcontractor Contracts:

Forty one percent (41%) of the total dollar value of Contractor Contracts and Subcontractor Contracts shall be performed by qualified SBE Contractors and Subcontractors.

The total dollar value of Contractor Contracts shall be net of the total dollar value of all Subcontractor Contracts (i.e., no double counting).

For Professional Service Contracts:

Thirty eight percent (38%) of the total dollar value of the Professional Service Contracts shall be performed by qualified SBE Consultants and Subconsultants.

The total dollar value of Professional Service Contracts shall be net of the total dollar value of all Subconsultant Contracts (i.e., no double counting). 

Identifying Eligible San Francisco-Based LBEs/SBEs:

The below link is to the City and County of San Francisco's Directory of the City's Local Business Enterprise (LBE)-certified firms.  All City and County of San Francisco-certified LBE firms are considered SBE-eligible for the purposes of the Treasure Island Development Project's Small Business Enterprise Goals.

View the City and County of San Francisco's Directory of LBE Firms

Eligibility Criteria

Only Persons or Firms meeting the definition of a Small Business Enterprise under these SBE Procedures - TI/YBI as of the date that the applicable Covered Contract was executed and delivered will be counted as an SBE for calculation of SBE participation towards meeting the SBE Goals.  For the purpose of the SBE Procedures - TI/YBI, an SBE means one or more persons or corporations, partnerships, trusts, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships or other entities. that are:

  1. Certified by San Francisco Contract Monitoring Division (CMD) as a LBE, Small-LBE or Micro-LBE in accordance with San Francisco Administrative Code Chapter 14.B; or
  2. Recognized as a Small Business Enterprise or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise by San Francisco Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure (OCII); or
  3. Recognized as an SBE by TIDA in accordance with Section VI.A; or
  4. A TIHDI member organization or wholly owned by a Treasure Island Hoimeless Development Initative (TIHDI) member organization.

Non-San-Francisco-Based-SBE Eligibility Criteria:

The Treasure Island Development Authority (TIDA) will make the final determination on recognition of a Non-San Francisco-based Small Business Enterprise as an SBE. The Authority may also, in its discretion, determine that any other Person that is not otherwise certified or recognized as an SBE (or a Non-San Francisco-based SBE) is an SBE.  Non-San Francisco-based SBE Eligibility is determined by criteria including, but not limited to the below.  A full accounting of criteria for recognition of Non-San-Francisco-Based-SBEs is found in Exhibit 1 of the SBE Procedures - TI/YBI.

Criteria A. Gross Annual Receipts Test

The prospective SBE must have average Gross Annual Receipts shown on its three most recent tax returns or, if the prospective SBE has not been in business for three (3) years, has average Gross Annual Receipts over the number of weeks the prospective SBE has been in business multiplied by fifty-two (52), that do not exceed the following thresholds:

  1. Two million five hundred thousand dollars ($2,500,000) for a Person that will provide Professional Services under a Professional Services Contract.
  2. Twenty million dollars ($20,000,000) for a Person that will provide Construction Work under a Contractor Contract or a Subcontractor Contract.

The above thresholds shall increase in accordance with any increases in the limits in San Francisco Administrative Code Chapter 14.B.

Criteria B. Certain Requirements

  1. The prospective SBE must be continuously in operation.
  2. The prospective SBE must perform a Commercially Useful Function.
  3. The prospective SBEmust possess a current San Francisco Business Tax Registration Certificate.
  4. The prospective SBE must be Owned and Controlled by Persons who reside in the United States or its territories.
  5. The prospective SBE must not be Owned or Controlled in part or in whole by a full time TIDA, OCII or other City employee.

Each SBE Bidder shall include with their Bid evidence of their then-current status as an SBE and an attestation to the truth and accuracy thereof. 

Non-San Francisco-Based SBEs - Submitting to TIDA for Consideration

Firms with SBE certifications from agencies other than San Francisco Contractor Monitoring Division or the Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure (formerly the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency) must demonstrate that their average Gross Annual Receipts conform to the limits established in the SBE Procedures. Please submit verification to TIDA of Gross Annual Receipts as shown on your three most recent tax returns as follows:

  • For Sole Proprietorships, submit the first two pages (IRS Form 1040 and signature page), depreciation schedules, and Schedule C, E, and/or F, if any
  • For other businesses, submit the first page of IRS Form 1120, 1120S, or 1065 (as applicable), Schedule E, depreciation schedules and K-1 Schedules, if any

Submit this paperwork to TIDA at the address below

Further Information and Resources

Please direct questions regarding the SBE Procedures - TI/YBI to:

Wei Zhang, Treasure Island Development Authority
(415) 274-0660
Send Wei Zhang an E-mail

Please submit SBE Certification Request Paperwork to:

Treasure Island Development Authority
Attn: Wei Zhang
One Avenue of Palms, Suite 241
San Francisco, CA 94130

Contact the TICD Construction Contractor Liasion:

Help Line: Call (415) 905-5305

Send an email:

Please note the that the target user for this above information is emerging Small Business Enterprise (SBE) subcontractors interested in participating in the Project.

San Francisco Contract Monitoring Division website

One Treasure Island website