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.



Knoxville City Council considers MWBE, VOBE disparity study

Knoxville City Council is currently considering the results of a recently released disparity study. The study examined the experiences of businesses owned by minorities, women, and veterans (MWBEs and VOBEs) in competing f...

Published Nov 22, 2023


Seattle Mayor issues order on WMBE contracting

Mayor Bruce Harrell of Seattle has signed an executive order expanding contracting access for minority- and woman-owned business enterprises (MWBEs). The order was signed at the City's 2023 Reverse Vendor Trade Show....

Published Nov 22, 2023


City of Bloomington launches MWBE equity initiative

The City of Bloomington has launched a new initiative,  the Bloomington Equity Advancement Program (BEAP), which aims to provide minority- and woman-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) with greater opportunities to par...

Published Nov 22, 2023


City of Asheville MWBE disparity study ongoing

The City of Asheville is in the process of conducting a disparity study into the experiences of minority, and women‐owned, and disadvantaged business enterprises (MWDBEs) in doing, or attempting to do business with the C...

Published Nov 21, 2023


Office of Management and Budget issues memo on SDB utilization

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) within the federal government has issued a memo directing federal government agencies to raise their spending with small disadvantaged businesses (SDBs), as designated by the U.S. ...

Published Nov 21, 2023


St. Petersburg City Council approves new MWBE program

The St. Petersburg City Council has approved a new program for minority- and woman-owned business enterprises (MWBEs). The Office of Supplier Diversity (OSD) within the City's Procurement and Supplier Management Department...

Published Oct 16, 2023


Westchester County encourages MWBEs to get certified

Westchester County has recently released its Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) Annual Expenditure and Utilization Report, showing that the County has made great strides in utilizing MWBEs in its procurem...

Published Oct 16, 2023


New York City reaches new MWBE spending record

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has announced that the City hit a record for utilization of minority- and woman-owned business enterprises (M/WBEs) in fiscal year 2023. During that period, City agencies and affiliated entit...

Published Oct 12, 2023


Connecticut passes new provisions assisting MWBEs

The State of Connecticut has passed several new provisions as part of its budget which will aid minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) in doing business with the state. The Department of Administrative Services (DAS)...

Published Oct 02, 2023


SBA takes steps to curb abuse of HUBZone program

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced it is taking steps to curb abuses of the HUBZone program. The program is for the aid of businesses in historically underutilized areas - those places marked by hig...

Published Sep 27, 2023


Anne Arundel County releases 2022 SWMBE disparity study

Anne Arundel County has released a disparity study into its Small, Woman, or Minority Business Enterprise (SWMBE) program. The study examined the County's contracting with SWMBEs during the period of fiscal years 2017 thro...

Published Sep 22, 2023


City of Austin adjusts preference program

The City of Austin is embarking on a two-year pilot program of changes to its current Small Business Procurement Program (SBP Program). Currently, the SBP Program offers a 5 percent bid preference (not to exceed a total $5...

Published Sep 18, 2023


NYSDOT sets participation goal for 2023-2025

The New York State DOT (NYSDOT) has announced its DBE participation goal for fiscal years 2023 through 2025, as it is required to do as a condition of receiving federal transportation funding. The participation goal has be...

Published Sep 18, 2023


Durham County initiates MBE, WBE disparity study process

Durham County is currently getting closer to finishing a disparity study into the experience of minority and women business enterprises (MWBEs) in County procurement. Specifically, the study will examine whether or not the...

Published Aug 29, 2023


Pennsylvania funds MBE, WBE, VetBiz Business Program

The Pennsylvania General Assembly has passed a budget bill (HB 611) for fiscal year 2023-2024. The budget includes, for the first time, $20 million in funding for the the new Historically Disadvantaged Business Program, wh...

Published Aug 29, 2023