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NC News

Greensboro disparity study meetings rescheduled

Published on Sep 18, 2017

The City of Greensboro is in the process of deciding how best to receive public comment on the subject of its upcoming dispar...

AR News

Arkansas expands minority business program to include women, veteran firms

Published on Sep 08, 2017

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson recently signed into law a measure that expands the Arkansas Economic Development Commission...

CA News

BART poised to approve LGBT business program

Published on Sep 05, 2017

On September 14th, Bay Area Rapid Transit's (BART) Board of Directors of is due to vote on whether LGBT Business Enterprises ...

CA News

Santa Cruz METRO holding DBE goal meeting

Published on Aug 21, 2017

The Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District's (Santa Cruz METRO) Board of Directors is hosting a hearing on Augus...

RI News

Rhode Island adopts statewide veteran business contracting program

Published on Aug 01, 2017

Rhode Island is the latest among a growing number of states to establish a veteran-owned small business (VOSB) program aimed ...

CO News

Denver embarks on MWBE disparity study

Published on Aug 01, 2017

The City of Denver announced last week that it will be conducting a study examining whether a fair share of the cit...

NJ News

Essex County passes M/WBE, veteran biz ordinance

Published on Jul 31, 2017

Earlier this month, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders unanimously approved a measure establishing a minority-, wom...

MD News

Executive Order expands procurement access for Baltimore County M/WBEs

Published on Jul 27, 2017

Minority and women-owned businesses (M/WBEs) in Baltimore County may find the path to doing business with the County is a lit...

WA News

Washington State hosting M/W/VBE disparity study webinar

Published on Jul 27, 2017

On August 9th, Washington State will hold an informational webinar for those interested in learning more about the state's...

NC News

Ashville looking for MWBE program feedback

Published on Jul 21, 2017

The City of Ashville is undertaking a study to determine whether minority- and women-owned businesses (MWBEs) are being ...

ID News

Idaho proposes three-year DBE goals for highway, transit projects

Published on Jul 19, 2017

The Idaho Transportation Department (IDT) has announced it's proposed disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) participation ...

NY News

Bill to remove M/WBE net worth requirement languishes

Published on Jul 17, 2017

In late June, both houses of the New York State Legislature approved a bill that would eliminate the requirement that&nb...

NY News

Proposed NYC measure to create a subcontractor bill of rights

Published on Jul 11, 2017

A measure being considered by the New York City Council would require that the city provide subcontractors working on city-fu...

PA News

SEPTA setting three-year DBE participation goal

Published on Jul 05, 2017

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) will be awarding contracts funded by the Federal Transit Admin...

PA News

Pennsylvania DOT publishes proposed highway and transit DBE goals

Published on Jul 05, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has announced it's proposed disadvantaged business enterprise (...

NY News

Albany passes bill allowing NYC to bypass competitive bidding for MWBEs

Published on Jun 29, 2017

The New York State Legislature passed two bills at the end of it's legislative session aimed at increasing the number of con...

NY News

NYC starts $10 million M/WBE bond assistance fund

Published on Jun 29, 2017

New York City recently launched a $10 million Bond Collateral Assistance Fund for minority and women-owned business enterpris...

WA News

Washington adopts new MWBE rules

Published on Jun 28, 2017

Washington's Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises (OMWBE) has adopted revised rules regarding the certificat...

UT News

Utah DOT proposes DBE goal for FTA-funded FY2018-2020 contracts

Published on Jun 16, 2017

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is proposing a disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) goal of 0.42 pe...

National News

Bipartisan House bill to help veteran business contracting with GSA

Published on Jun 12, 2017

A bipartisan bill that aims to increase the number of service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs) and veteran-o...

NY News

Report: Not enough qualified MWBEs for large NYC contracts

Published on Jun 12, 2017

The Building Trades Employers' Association (BTEA), a New York City-based organization representing large contractors, has re...

NC News

Durham County falling just short of MWBE goal

Published on Jun 12, 2017

Durham County has awarded 21.86 percent of its total contracting dollars to Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M...

GA News

Savannah MWBE program may expand to include small businesses

Published on Jun 12, 2017

Officials for the City of Savannah are considering whether to replace the city’s existing Minority- and Women-Owned Bus...