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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.



New Jersey Senate Bill raises DVBE set-aside goal

New Jersey State Senator Joe Cryan has introduced legislation which would raise the percentage of contracts set aside for disabled-veteran-owned businesses (DVBEs) from three percent to six percent. In add...

Published May 23, 2022


Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development hosting DBE Goal Meeting

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) is hosting a public meeting for discussion of its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation goal for federally-assisted contracts in fiscal ye...

Published May 20, 2022


New Jersey creates LGBTQ-owned business certification program

Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey has signed an executive order creating a state certification program for LGBTQ+-owned business enterprises. The order, Executive Order 295, charges the New Jersey Department of the Treasu...

Published May 12, 2022


Legislation introduced to beef up USDOT DBE provisions

U.S. Representative Jesús "Chuy" García (IL-04) has introduced a bill, referred to as the "Giving Disadvantaged Businesses Opportunities for Success Act", intended to promote governmental contracting opportun...

Published May 12, 2022


Hillsborough County expands its Minority and Small Business Enterprise Division

Hillsborough County has expanded the eligiblity requirements for its Minority/Small Business Enterprise (MBE/SBE) programs. The expansion was made in hopes of increasing the number of businesses participating in the progra...

Published May 02, 2022


SBA releases Equity Action Plan

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has released its current Equity Action Plan. The Equity Action Plan is a statement of steps the SBA intends to take to full the goals of its Equity Initiative, which aims to red...

Published Apr 26, 2022


Maryland legislature establishes Minority Enterprise Business Ombudsman

The Maryland legislature has passed a bill, SB 487, which establishes the position of a Minority Enterprise Business Ombudsman within the Governor's Office of Small, Minority, and Women Business Affairs.The bil...

Published Apr 26, 2022


Port of Seattle releases Diversity in Contracting report

The Port of Seattle has released its third annual Diversity in Contracting report, covering the year of 2021. The report covers the progress the Port has made during the previous year in attempting to meet its contracting ...

Published Apr 21, 2022


California Public Utilities Commission expands Supplier Diversity Program

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is expanding its Supplier Diversity Program. The new changes involve including a number of new business categories, updating reporting requirements, and bringing smaller ut...

Published Apr 14, 2022


Boston Mayor moves to increase access for MWBEs

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu has filed a home rule petition with City Council that, if approved by the Council, would expand access of minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) to City contracts.The bill would a...

Published Apr 14, 2022


NY fovernor announces the 2022 Regional MWBE Online Opportunities Expo Series

Governor Kathy Hochul has announced details for the state's 2022 Regional Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) Online Opportunities Expo Series. There will be five events in the series, running from April ...

Published Apr 04, 2022


Missouri begins MWBE disparity study

The State of Missouri has announced that it has begun the process of conducting a new disparity study (referred to as the Small Business Impact Study for Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Program). The study wil...

Published Mar 22, 2022


Bills proposed to increase share of federal contracts going to small and diverse businesses

U.S. Senator Alex Padilla and U.S. Representatives Pete Aguilar and Jimmy Gomez have jointly announced a package of legislation to assist minority- and woman-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) in competing for federal cont...

Published Mar 22, 2022


Ohio legislation to simplify diverse business certification

The Ohio legislature has passed a new bill, Senate Bill 105, which would allow minority business enterprises (MBEs), women-owned business enterprises (WBEs), and veteran-friendly business enterprises (VBEs), if certified a...

Published Mar 08, 2022


Bill introduced in California Assembly to strengthen small business participation

A bill has been introduced into California's state Assembly, AB-2019, by Assemblymembers Cottie Petrie-Norris and Chris Holden, which would make a number of revisions to existing business development law.Change...

Published Mar 02, 2022