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Contracting Diversity News

We established this diversity-in-contracting focus journal in 2005 to help the DBE, M/WBE, DVBE, and small business community stay informed about pertinent public procurement news and events.



Massachusetts announces supplier diversity policy measures

The Office of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito has announced a new slate of policy measures intended to support equal opportunity and better access for diverse businesses in state con...

Published Nov 23, 2020


New Jersey Senate passes MWBE disparity study bill

The New Jersey Senate has passed a bill sponsored by Senator Troy Singleton and Senator M. Teresa Ruiz that would authorize the State's Chief Diversity Officer to commission a diversity study on the utilization of min...

Published Nov 19, 2020


Rise in federal SDVOSB participation goal proposed

United States Representative Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN) has introduced the Investing in Veteran Entrepreneurial Talents (VETs) Act to congress with the goal of increasing business opportunity for service-disabled veter...

Published Nov 16, 2020


Tampa includes VOSBs and SDVOSBs in city procurement

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor announced on Veteran's Day that veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs) and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs) would be formally recognized and identified in the City's procure...

Published Nov 12, 2020


City of Asheville institutes gender- and race-conscious contracting policies

The City of Asheville's City Council has voted unanimously to allow for race- and gender-conscious policies in public contracting. Previously, the City's business inclusion policy was a race- and gender-neutral one. Howeve...

Published Nov 03, 2020


Ohio launches Women-owned Business Enterprise program

The Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS) has announced that on the first day of operations for its new Women-owned Business Enterprise (WBE) program, it has already certified 817 WBEs. The progra...

Published Nov 02, 2020


East Baton Rouge Parish launching new DBE certification program

East Baton Rouge Parish is developing a new certification program for businesses owned by women, veterans and minorities. It will be known as the Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certification Pr...

Published Nov 02, 2020


City of Jackson sets triennial DBE goals

The City of Jackson, Mississippi, has set its triennial disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) contract participation goals, as it is required to do as a recipient of federal transportation funding.The goal ha...

Published Oct 29, 2020


Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority proposes triennial ACDBE goals

The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority, as a recipient of federal funding, is obligated to develop contract participation goals for Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (ACDBEs) on a triennial basis. I...

Published Oct 26, 2020


City of West Palm Beach exceeds small business participation goals

The Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) for the City of West Palm Beach set a small business (SBE) participation goal of 15 percent after being established in April of 2019 by Mayor Keith A. James. The OEO's third qu...

Published Oct 22, 2020


Orange County passes DVBE Preference Policy

The Orange County Board of Supervisors has unanimously passed a new Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) Preference Policy for county procurement. The stated goal of the sponsors of the policy was to create county-l...

Published Oct 20, 2020


NC Dept. of Administration offers COVID grants to HUBs, DBEs

The North Carolina Department of Administration (NCDOA) is offering $12 million in COVID-19 recovery grants to historically underutilized businesses (HUBs) and disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs). The grant prog...

Published Oct 12, 2020


Ohio moves to weed out pass-through MWBE firms

The Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS), at the recommendation of a working group of minority and economically disadvantaged business owners, has moved to institute several new rule changes with the goal ...

Published Oct 12, 2020


Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority adopts prompt-payment policy

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has adopted a prompt-payment policy from small business enterprises (SBEs) acting as primes on VTA contracts. The policy specificies that such SBEs shall be paid within...

Published Oct 05, 2020


Caltrans hosting DBE Disparity Study Outreach Series

Caltrans is hosting a lengthy series of professional development and outreach sessions in advance of its upcoming disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) Disparity Study, which is currently underway and the results of whic...

Published Oct 01, 2020