Small Business FAQs

How do I apply to be a qualified Louisville Water SBE program member?

Complete an application and submit required documentation.

Does Louisville Water require certification?

Yes, your firm must be certified and able to provide a certification approval letter or certificate from at least one of the following:

  • Small Business Administration
  • Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission
  • Louisville MSD Supplier Diversity
  • Kentucky Finance Cabinet Minority & Women Business
  • Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
  • State of Indiana Department of Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
  • State of Indiana Minority and Women Certification
  • Tri-State Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

What is the gross revenue and business size requirement?

Gross revenue cannot exceed $10 million for any U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) North American Industry Classification System (NACIS) code where the SBA determined size is equal or greater than $10 million. Any SBA NACIS code not greater than $10 million, the revenue and size determination shall be the same as the SBA.

Is there a market location requirement?

Yes, your firm must demonstrate an office location in at least one of the following counties in Kentucky: Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Bullitt, Nelson, Hardin, Trimble, Henry, and Meade County; or in Indiana: Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, and Washington County.

Do you need financial history information to be eligible?

Yes, your firm must provide the following:

1. Three years of audited financials showing gross revenue for each of the years. 

2.  A verification letter must be provided by a CPA stating financials are audited.


1.  Three years of federal business tax returns for the business (including all schedules and attachments).

2.  Financials (unaudited) showing gross revenue for each of the years.

If firm has not been in business for at least three years, firm shall provide audited financials or tax returns and unaudited financials for the number of months/years in business.

What opportunities will be available to qualified Louisville Water SBE program members?

Only qualified Louisville Water SBE program members will be able to bid on certain Louisville Water projects, and Louisville Water will determine those projects. Our SBE program generally includes bidding on construction, professional services, or general services contracts for more than $30,000 but less than $250,000.

Qualified SBE program members are also  encouraged to participate in Louisville Water opportunities for quotes and contracts below $30,000. Qualified SBE program members may participate in all Louisville Water bid opportunities where they meet the requirements as indicated in the bid.

How long will it take to hear back about my SBE program member application, and how will I find out about approval?

Please allow at least three weeks after we receive your application for it to be processed. Incomplete applications may take longer or be returned for more information. Once approved, Louisville Water will provide you with a notice stating qualification and expiration date.

How often do I have to requalify?

Every three years. Louisville Water staff will notify you to reapply. 

How do I know about Louisville Water bid opportunities?

You can register for bid notifications at (construction related projects) and  (for all other types of projects).

What if my firm changes ownership?

If ownership changes, you are required to notify Louisville Water, and the new firm owners will be required to reapply.

What do I do if I applied and I do not qualify?

Louisville Water will provide a letter explaining the reasons your firm did not qualify. If you feel the reasons are in error, you can dispute and provide updated information for consideration. If your firm is not a qualified SBE program member, you may still participate in any open bid opportunities where your firm meets the requirements for that bid.