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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 Philadelphia offering two series of monthly webinars in 2023

The City of Philadelphia's Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) will be hosting two monthly webinar series that will run through November of 2023. The webinars will be part of the OEO's general efforts to help minority-, w...

Published Jan 24, 2023


Memphis-Shelby County Schools holding disparity study public meetings

Memphis-Shelby County Schools (MSCS), as part of the process by which they are conducting a disparity study into the utilization of minority- and woman-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) in MSCS contracting, are holding pu...

Published Jan 24, 2023


County of Baltimore sets goal to increase MWBE utilization

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski has issued an executive order calling for utilization of minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) in County contracting to be increased to 30 percent by 2026. The current MWB...

Published Jan 23, 2023


SEPTA and CTA sign reciprocity agreement

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) have formally signed a reciprocity agreement under which historically underutilized businesses (HUBs) may work for eith...

Published Jan 17, 2023


Clark Public Utilities Small Works Roster and Professional Engineering and Architects Roster

[NOTE: The text below is provided as-is, with the text provided to us by Clark Public Utilities directly.]Clark Public Utilities is updating its Small Works Roster for public works projects und...

Published Jan 09, 2023


Clark Public Utilities Notice to Vendors

[NOTE: The text below is provided as-is, with the text provided to us by Clark Public Utilities directly.]Clark Public Utilities of Clark County, Washington, has established vendor lists for su...

Published Jan 09, 2023


ODOT surpasses its DBE contracting goal for 2022

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has announced that it has surpassed its own goal for contracting with disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) during the previous fiscal year of 2022. That DBE participation...

Published Dec 27, 2022


City of St. Petersburg launches Office of Supplier Diversity

The City of St. Petersburg has announced the launch of its new Office of Supplier Diversity, organized within the City's Procurement Department. The new Office will bolster efforts to foster diversity and inclusion within ...

Published Dec 20, 2022


Ducci Electrical Contractors provides info for firms wishing to be added to bid list

[NOTE: the following text was composed by Ducci Electrical Contractors - DBE Goodfaith is publishing it on their behalf]At Ducci Electrical Contractors, we believe it is our duty to encourage t...

Published Dec 20, 2022


Final rule on transfer of VOSB/SDVOSB certification issued

The Small Business Administration (SBA) Final Rule on Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Certification has been published in the Federal Register, and, as planned...

Published Dec 07, 2022


Charlottesville Area Transit proposes DBE goal

Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) has proposed a DBE participation goal for fiscal years 2023 through 2025, in accordance with regulations requiring it to do so as a recipient of federal transit funding. The proposed DBE ...

Published Dec 06, 2022


ADOT seeking public comment on DBE goals

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is seeking public comment on its new disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) participation goals for fiscal years 2024 through 2026. ADOT is required to set such DBE particip...

Published Nov 17, 2022


California Governor signs AB 2019 on equity in contracting

Governor Gavin Newsom has signed AB 2019, a bill intended to provide small businesses in California with equity and opportunity in public contracting.The bill's key components include: requiring the small busin...

Published Nov 09, 2022


City of San José to perform MWBE, LGBT, VetBiz disparity study

The City of San José has announced it is preparing to launch a disparity study into the experiences of minority-, women-, disabled veteran-, and LGBTQ+- owned businesses and their experiences relating to City contra...

Published Nov 09, 2022


Kentucky Chamber of Commerce launches MWBE directory

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, through its Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, has launched its own Kentucky Minority-Owned Business Database, or MBD at www.mbdky.com, which aggregates certifications from vario...

Published Oct 27, 2022