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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.


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NV

Nevada considers adjusting thresholds for veteran business preference program

Nevada lawmakers are considering possible remedies to the State's Veteran's Preference program, as administered by the Public Works Division of the Nevada Department of Administration, due to a lack of contract awards made...


Published May 21, 2024

Nat'l

FAA Reauthorization act includes provisions creating FAA DBE program

President Joe Biden has recently signed into law the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2024, a large bill which also happens to include a provision from the previously-proposed Disadvantaged Busi...


Published May 21, 2024




CT

Connecticut to perform new disparity study

The Connecticut Department of Administrative Services (DAS), in partnership with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) and the Governor's Office, have announced that the state will be conducti...


Published May 21, 2024

NJ

New Jersey codifies LGBTQ+ business certification program

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy recently signed state legislation codifying Executive Order No. 295, which directed the State's Department of the Treasury to develop a program which would certify LGBTQ+-owned business ente...


Published May 13, 2024



Nat'l

SBA releases 2023 federal procurement scorecard

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has released its Small Business Procurement Scorecard for fiscal year 2023. The federal government as a whole was awarded an "A" grade, due in part to reaching a small business ...


Published May 13, 2024

PA

City of Philadelphia releases update to Public Works Procurement Forecast

The City of Philadelphia began offering a Public Works Procurement Forecast in 2023, in a bid to get higher participation from minority, woman, or disabled-owned (M/W/DSBE) businesses. The forecast provides greater detail ...


Published May 07, 2024

CA

Santa Clara County disparity study released

Santa Clara County has recently released the final draft of a disparity it conducted into the experiences of diverse business enterprises (or DIV-BEs, comprising minority-, women-, LGBT-, and disabled-veteran-owned busines...


Published May 07, 2024



Nat'l

U.S. Senate considers bill to increase SBA transparency

A bill, entitled the "Small Business Contracting Transparency Act of 2024", has been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Chris Coons of Delaware and John Kennedy (of Louisiana). The bill has already unanimously passe...


Published Apr 12, 2024

Nat'l

USDOT issues new final rule on DBE program

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has completed the process of issuing a new final rule that affects the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. The rule was initially proposed and a notice relating to...


Published Apr 12, 2024

MD

State of Maryland to conduct disparity study

The State of Maryland is conducting a Utilization and Availability Study, also known as a disparity study, into the experiences of minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) in doing, or attempting to do, business with t...


Published Apr 01, 2024



AL

Alabama conducting 2025 Procurement Study

The State of Alabama is currently in the process of conducting its 2025 Procurement Study into conditions for minority- and woman-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) in the State contracting marketplace. The study will atte...


Published Apr 01, 2024

WA

City of Tacoma to conduct disparity study

The City of Tacoma has announced that it is beginning the process of conducting a disparity study. The study will examine the experiences of small, disadvantaged, minority-, and women-owned businesses in doing (or attempti...


Published Mar 26, 2024

MN

Minnesota DOT exceeds DBE utilization goal for first time

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has announced that it exceeded its participation goal for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) on federally-funded contracts in fiscal year 2023. This marks the first...


Published Mar 18, 2024

MD

Montgomery County announces record utilization of small and diverse businesses

The Montgomery County Office of Procurement has announced that its Minority, Female and Disabled-Owned Business Program (MFD) and its Local Small Business Reserve Program (LSBRP) both attained record levels of funding for ...


Published Mar 18, 2024

WA

Washington State introduces Public Works Small Business Enterprise cert

The State of Washington is introducing a new business certification, the Public Works Small Business Enterprise (or PWSBE) certification. The State's Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises (OMWBE) will be resp...


Published Mar 11, 2024