RiSE Program2022-10-12T16:06:57-07:00

The RiSE program is designed to help connect Nevada’s small and diverse businesses to all RTC-funded transportation contracting opportunities. 

In that effort, the RTC’s goal is to award 8% of construction and 2% of professional services contracts to local small business (LSB) and/or local diverse business (LDB) firms on all RTC-funded projects.

RiSE will

  • Help promote economic opportunities for LSBs and LDBs
  • Help LSBs and LDBs become more competitive in the bidding process
  • Provide technical assistance to all certified firms
  • Publicize certified firms through the online directory
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the small business Personal Net Worth (PNW) annual not to exceed amount? What is the small business size criteria average gross receipt not to exceed amount?2022-09-26T17:25:41-07:00

To be regarded as economically disadvantaged, an individual must have a personal net worth that does not exceed $1.32 million. To be seen as a small business, a firm must meet SBA size criteria and have average annual gross receipts not to exceed $26.29 Million.

What does being RISE certified mean for my company?2022-09-26T17:24:31-07:00

A published list of certified companies will be shared with contractors and jurisdictions, making it easier for them to locate RISE certified companies ready, willing and able to work on Southern Nevada infrastructure projects. Additionally, RISE certified firms will receive notifications of education, outreach and networking opportunities as part of this program.

What documents are accepted to validate local business residency for the last five (5) years?2022-01-05T11:16:41-08:00

A contractor’s license and/or local jurisdiction business license with a Clark County, NV address.

How often will I have to re-certify?2022-01-05T11:15:14-08:00

Re-certification is required every three years.

What opportunities are available to help me engage with contractors and jurisdictions interested in using RISE certified businesses?2022-01-05T11:13:44-08:00

The RTC and its community partners will help connect certified businesses with contractors and jurisdictions through  solicitation meetings and networking events.

Will the status on the goal be communicated publicly to keep the local small and diverse community aware of progress?2022-01-05T11:13:04-08:00

Updates on the RISE business participation goal will be reported  bi-annually to keep the community, jurisdictions, board members and  contractors current on program progress.

Will contractors be required to use RISE certified businesses on Southern Nevada infrastructure projects?2022-01-05T11:11:16-08:00

Contractors are strongly encouraged to u se the RiSE certified businesses. The participation goal for professional services is 2 percent, and 8 percent for construction projects. The goals apply to RTC funded projects.

Is there a program expert available to walk me through the process?2022-01-05T11:10:38-08:00

Yes! Call 702-676-1507 or email RISE@rtcsnv.com and we are happy to walk you through the process.

How long will it take to complete the application including the certification process? What if I am unable to upload the required documents once the application is submitted?2022-01-05T11:09:45-08:00

Once the application is submitted, it will take approximately 30 days to review and process the certificate. If all required documents are not submitted at the time the application is reviewed, the applicant will have 10 business day to respond to an Request for Information (RFI).

How do I let contractors and jurisdictions know I am certified?2022-01-05T11:08:39-08:00

Once certified your company will receive a RISE certificate. The firms will be listed in the RISE database accessible to contractors and jurisdictions.

Will there be a published listing of RISE local small and diverse certified businesses for contractors and jurisdictions to access?2020-08-25T15:33:27-07:00

Yes. A database of certified firms will be accessible on-line.

If my firm is currently registered as a Local Small Business (LSB), do I still need to certify for the RISE Local Small & Diverse Business program?2022-01-05T11:07:53-08:00

Yes, all LSB’s  and DBE’s are required to submit an application for certification.

Small Business Top 10 Tips

  1. Get RiSE Certified
  2. Register on Nevada Government eMarketplace (NGEM ngemnv.com)
  3. Be prepared with a capabilities statement
  4. Find your niche or specialty and pursue that work
  5.  Research your industry, know your customer and look for partnering
  6. Familiarize yourself with the solicitation documents, scope of
    work/services and specifications to ensure you can meet the
  7. Maintain active certifications, insurance, contractor’s and business
  8. Take advantage of pre-solicitation meetings
  9. Know your capacity – stay in your lane
  10. Network, Network, Network

FOR MORE INFORMATION, email us at RISE@rtcsnv.com

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