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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.



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

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

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it expects to publish regulations which will bring its statutes relating to Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) and Economically Disadvantaged WOSBs (EDWOSB...

Published Feb 05, 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


City of Indianapolis finds disparities in M/W/V/DOBE utilization

The City of Indianapolis has released the results of a study of its Minority-, Women-, Veteran-, and Disabled-owned Business Enterprise (M/W/V/DOBE) Program, the first such review since 1995. The disparity study indic...

Published Jan 27, 2020


Westchester County Office of Economic Development enhancing MWBE program

Westchester County's Office of Economic Development recently announced several steps they are taking to enhance their minority- and woman-owned business enterprise (MWBE) program. Changes will be made to the participation ...

Published Jan 27, 2020


Governor Cuomo announces Statewide Integrated Application Portal

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently delivered his State of the State speech for 2020. The speech was accompanied by a lengthy policy book outlining many initiatives that were not touched on in the speech but which form part ...

Published Jan 23, 2020


2020 Technical Training Classroom schedule released by State of Maryland

The Governor's Office of Small, Minority and Women Business for Affairs for the State of Maryland has recently announced a 2020 schedule for its Technical Training Classroom series. There are set to be 22 session...

Published Jan 07, 2020


Clark Public Utilities in Washington publishes Notice to Vendors

Clark Public Utilities of Clark County, Washington, has established vendor lists for supplying materials, equipment and supplies under RCW 54.04.082 and 39.04.190 which allows the Utility to publish notice of the existence...

Published Jan 07, 2020


Clark Public Utilities updating its Small Works Roster and its PEA Roster

Clark Public Utilities is updating its Small Works Roster for public works projects under Three Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($350,000) and Clark Public Utilities' Professional Engineering & Architects (PEA) Roster....

Published Jan 07, 2020


New Hanover County updates MWBE program

New Hanover County has recently begun working on an update to their minority- and woman-owned business enterprise (MWBE) program. The goal of the update is to garner a higher rate of MWBE participation on County procuremen...

Published Dec 26, 2019


WSDOT hosting disparity study findings meetings

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is hosting three public informational meetings on the results of its recently-conducted disparity study. The study examined disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) ...

Published Dec 02, 2019


New Jersey Senate considers legislation for SDVOB price preference program

New Jersey State Senator Vin Gopal has introduced legislation that would establish a price preference program on state contracts for service-disabled veteran-owned businesses (SDVOBs).The price preference would...

Published Nov 22, 2019


New York City earns first "C" grade from Comptroller for MWBE utilization

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer issued his yearly "Making the Grade: New York City Agency Report Card on M/WBEs" report, and awarded the City a grade of "C" for its utilization of minority- and woman-owned busi...

Published Nov 20, 2019


New Jersey launches new online portal for SMWVBEs

The New Jersey Treasury has recently announced the launch of a new online portal, the Uniform Certification Service (UCS), serving the needs of the state's small, minority, women, and veteran owned business enterprise (SMW...

Published Nov 19, 2019