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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.



SBA to publish rules removing self-certification for WOSBs and EDWOSBs

(UPDATE 5/26/20 - The SBA has published the rules as expected, making them applicable to "those businesses wishing to compete for set-aside or sole source contracts under the Program". There is an effectiv...

Published May 26, 2020


Columbus Mayor implements disparity study recommendations

Mayor Andrew Ginther of Columbus, following the 2019 release of a disparity study looking into utilization of the small, minority, and women-owned business community in city contracting, has signed an executive order ...

Published May 15, 2020


Iowa Department of Transportation to hold public meetings on DBE goals

The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is currently in the process of setting its triennial disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) participation goals for fiscal years 2021 through 2023 for Federal Highway Administra...

Published May 13, 2020


Caltrans District 5 is hosting Small Business Webinars series

Caltrans District 5, along with state and local partners, will be hosting a series of webinars for small business owners starting on Thursday, May 7th, 2020. The webinar series offers a way for small businesses to sti...

Published Apr 24, 2020


Denver City Council approves five-year-renewal of MWBE equity program

The Denver City Council approved a five-year-renewal of the equity program for small, local minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs). The equity program is run through the Denver Economic Development & Op...

Published Apr 20, 2020


New York City Comptroller to host twice-weekly MWBE webinars

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has announced that the city will host twice-weekly webinars for minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) through Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinars will cover a var...

Published Apr 17, 2020


Charleston International Airport reports 2019 MWBE participation

Charleston International Airport spent $7,784,882 - out of a total $77,375,260 for all procurement - on procurement of goods and services from minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) in 2019, according to a ...

Published Apr 17, 2020


Port of Seattle increases MWBE utilization

The Port of Seattle, after adopting a new Diversity in Contracting policy directive in 2018, has seen an increase in the utilization of minority- and woman-owned business enterprise (MWBE) contracting in 2019. Under the ne...

Published Apr 01, 2020


City of Schenectady considers raising cap on apprenticeship bidding requirements

UPDATE [3/24/20]: After receiving input from local unions and the Greater Capital Region Building and Construction Trades Council, the resolution has been temporarily shelved. Discussion on the resolution will resume short...

Published Mar 27, 2020


North Carolina simplifies DBE certification with new portal

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has launched a new portal for businesses eligible to become certified disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs). The new portal allows for an all-online applicat...

Published Mar 20, 2020


Governor's office in Massachusetts announces MWBE participation measures

Late in Februrary, the administration of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito of Massachusetts launched a series of initiatives intended to promote participation of minority- and woman-owned ...

Published Mar 04, 2020


State of Pennsylvania achieves highest-yet rate of small diverse procurement

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has recently announced several successes in increasing rate the of utilization of small diverse businesses in public procurement. The announcement is part of the release of the annual repor...

Published Feb 21, 2020


City of Indianapolis announces GAP Program to assist MWBEs

Mayor Joe Hogsett of Indianapolis and the Indy Chamber have launched the Growing with Accelerated Payment (GAP) Program for minority- and woman-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) in the city. The move c...

Published Feb 20, 2020


State of Virginia commissions disparity study

The Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD) is commissioning a disparity which will examine procurement opportunities for minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) in the state. The study was...

Published Feb 18, 2020


Mecklenburg County to hold disparity study public meetings

Mecklenburg County will hold two public meetings in Febraury regarding the upcoming minority and women owned businesses enterprise (MWBE) disparity study that it has commissioned.The public meetings will offer ...

Published Jan 30, 2020