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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.



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

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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


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