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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.



City of Dallas finishes MWBE disparity study

Earlier in the Spring of 2020, the City of Dallas completed a disparity study that examined whether there were disparities between the availability and utilization of minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) on th...

Published Sep 18, 2020


MWBE inclusion bill considered by Illinois legislature

The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus is advocating for the passage of House Bill 5824, which would make numerous reforms aimed at improving equity in the realm of state contracting, particularly by expanding and...

Published Sep 16, 2020


Indianapolis City-County Council passes proposal to increase diverse utilization

The Indianapolis City-County Council, in a 20-5 vote, has passed Proposal 231, meant to increase the utilization of minority, women, veteran and disabled-owned businesses in government contracting.Among ot...

Published Sep 16, 2020


Affirmative action ban prop on California ballot

The election taking place on November 3rd, 2020, will bring an array of choices before California voters, and one of those choices of particular potential interest to minority- and women-owned businesses (M/WBEs) ...

Published Sep 10, 2020


Indianapolis proposes new MWBE equity rules

The City of Indianapolis Office of Minority and Women Business Development has proposed new rules with the goal of ensuring greater equity in City contracting. The proposal comes after the completion, in 2019, of the City'...

Published Sep 08, 2020


Federal Government Exceeds Small Business Contracting Goals

The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) has released its Fiscal Year 2019 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard, which, among other things, announces that the federal government exceeded its small busi...

Published Sep 01, 2020


City of Lodi publishes triennial DBE goals

The City of Lodi, in accordance with its legal obligations as a recipient of federal transportation funding, has published its triennial participation for disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) on city contracts assiste...

Published Sep 01, 2020


Port Authority of Allegheny County sets three-year DBE goals

The Port Authority of Allegheny County has published its triennial disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) contract participation goals for the period of fiscal years 2021 through 2023, as required by law. The propose...

Published Sep 01, 2020


City of Alexandria M/WBE disparity study begins survey process

Business owners in and around the City of Alexandria have been urged by Alexandria Mayor Jeffery W. Hall to be on the ready to receive calls from Customer Research International (CRI), which will be seeking to collect...

Published Sep 01, 2020


Arizona Department of Transportation announces triennial DBE goals

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has released its disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) contract participation goal for fiscal years 2021 through 2023, as required by law as a recipient of federal funding....

Published Sep 01, 2020


Santa Cruz METRO announces triennial DBE goals

The Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District (Santa Cruz METRO) is proposing a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation goal of 2.65 percent for contracts during the period of fiscal years 2021 through 20...

Published Aug 07, 2020


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools requesting vendor profile form updates

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) is currently in the process of updating their Contractor/Supplier Databases. They are requesting that vendors complete a Vendor Profile form (available via contact methods list...

Published Aug 07, 2020


City of DeSoto passes diversity vendor resolution

The City of DeSoto is aiming to a "Diversity Vendor" utilization rate in procurement of twenty percent. In service of this goal, the DeSoto City Council has passed a resolution in service of increasing opportunities for Di...

Published Aug 06, 2020


City of Augusta publishes triennial DBE goals

The City of August has issued a public notice on its triennial Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goals and is seeking public comment on the goals. The goal is for fiscal years 2021 through 2023 and applies to all pro...

Published Aug 05, 2020


New Haven Board of Alders approve five-year update of MWBE program

On August 3rd, the New Haven Board of Alders voted unanimously in favor of a five-year renewal for the law that sets procurement goals for minority- and woman-owned business enterprises (MWBEs).Among the update...

Published Aug 05, 2020