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NC News

North Carolina sets HUB purchasing goal for Cabinet-level agencies

Published on Nov 16, 2017

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order earlier this month setting a goal for the state's Cabinet-l...

MO News

St. Louis aldermen may vote to make MBE goal law

Published on Nov 16, 2017

Since 1997, the City of St. Louis has maintained, by a continuously renewed executive order from the office of the mayor, a p...

IL News

African-American businesses left out of Chicago contracts

Published on Nov 13, 2017

African-American-owned businesses are largely being left out of City of Chicago contracts, according to recent figures f...

WA News

WSDOT accepting DBE contracting goal comments

Published on Nov 01, 2017

The public is invited to submit comments to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) regardin...

WA News

Tacoma begins small, minority, women business disparity study

Published on Oct 23, 2017

A study is underway to determine whether small, minority, women, and other disadvantaged businesses are able to fairly c...

NY News

NYC bill sets aside funding for MWBE worker safety training

Published on Oct 09, 2017

In a unanimous 42-0 vote, the New York City Council recently approved a construction worker safety training bill that require...

NY News

MWBE contracts in NYC exceed $1 billion

Published on Oct 09, 2017

The dollar share of New York City contracting opportunities going to minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) m...

NY News

Proposal expanding Monroe County MWBE program to include veteran businesses introduced

Published on Sep 28, 2017

Monroe County legislators have introduced a plan to modify the county's existing minority- and women-owned business ente...

LA News

New Orleans M/WBE disparity study meetings scheduled

Published on Sep 28, 2017

Two public meetings regarding the City of New Orleans 2017 Disparity Study will be held at the beginning of October and ...

TN News

Nashville to examine M/WBE participation, invites public participation

Published on Sep 28, 2017

The Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County (Metro Nashville) is conducting two studies analyzing par...

NC News

Greensboro disparity study meetings rescheduled

Published on Sep 18, 2017

The City of Greensboro is in the process of deciding how best to receive public comment on the subject of its upcoming dispar...

AR News

Arkansas expands minority business program to include women, veteran firms

Published on Sep 08, 2017

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson recently signed into law a measure that expands the Arkansas Economic Development Commission...

CA News

BART poised to approve LGBT business program

Published on Sep 05, 2017

On September 14th, Bay Area Rapid Transit's (BART) Board of Directors of is due to vote on whether LGBT Business Enterprises ...

CA News

Santa Cruz METRO holding DBE goal meeting

Published on Aug 21, 2017

The Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District's (Santa Cruz METRO) Board of Directors is hosting a hearing on Augus...

RI News

Rhode Island adopts statewide veteran business contracting program

Published on Aug 01, 2017

Rhode Island is the latest among a growing number of states to establish a veteran-owned small business (VOSB) program aimed ...

CO News

Denver embarks on MWBE disparity study

Published on Aug 01, 2017

The City of Denver announced last week that it will be conducting a study examining whether a fair share of the cit...

NJ News

Essex County passes M/WBE, veteran biz ordinance

Published on Jul 31, 2017

Earlier this month, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders unanimously approved a measure establishing a minority-, wom...

MD News

Executive Order expands procurement access for Baltimore County M/WBEs

Published on Jul 27, 2017

Minority and women-owned businesses (M/WBEs) in Baltimore County may find the path to doing business with the County is a lit...

WA News

Washington State hosting M/W/VBE disparity study webinar

Published on Jul 27, 2017

On August 9th, Washington State will hold an informational webinar for those interested in learning more about the state's...

NC News

Ashville looking for MWBE program feedback

Published on Jul 21, 2017

The City of Ashville is undertaking a study to determine whether minority- and women-owned businesses (MWBEs) are being ...

ID News

Idaho proposes three-year DBE goals for highway, transit projects

Published on Jul 19, 2017

The Idaho Transportation Department (IDT) has announced it's proposed disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) participation ...

NY News

Bill to remove M/WBE net worth requirement languishes

Published on Jul 17, 2017

In late June, both houses of the New York State Legislature approved a bill that would eliminate the requirement that&nb...

NY News

Proposed NYC measure to create a subcontractor bill of rights

Published on Jul 11, 2017

A measure being considered by the New York City Council would require that the city provide subcontractors working on city-fu...