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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 York City surpasses 10-year OneNYC MWBE goal

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Kevin D. Kim have jointly announced that the City has exceeded its OneNYC goal of awarding a cumulative $25 billion ...

Published Sep 27, 2022


Los Angeles Mayor signs new MWBE directive

Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles has signed Executive Directive (ED) 35, consisting of an initiative requiring City departments to respond to findings of the recent report, entitled "The Power of Procurement: Advancing E...

Published Sep 21, 2022


Pennsylvania bill to include veteran businesses in existing certification

The Pennsylvania House Commerce Committee is considering a bill, House Bill 2682, which would include veteran-owned businesses (VBEs) within the category of small diverse businesses (SDBs) This would mean VBEs would no lon...

Published Sep 21, 2022


California DGS issues notice of proposed SBE/DVBE rulemaking

The California Department of General Services (DGS) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking concerning regulations affecting the Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SBE and DVBE) programs....

Published Sep 01, 2022


City of Chicago sets 2023-2025 DBE goal

The City of Chicago has announced its DBE participation goal for projects receiving federal funding during fiscal years 2023 through 2025. The City is required to do so as a recipient of federal transportation funding....

Published Sep 01, 2022


City of Alexandria completes MWBE disparity study

The City of Alexandria has released the results of a disparity study, begun in 2020, into the experiences of minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) in City contracting. The disparity study was conducted by means of e...

Published Aug 29, 2022


NYC Department of Design and Construction creates MWBE pre-qualified list

The New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) has announced that it has created the City's first Pre-Qualified List (or PQL) that is specific to minority- and woman-owned business (MWBEs) general contractor...

Published Aug 16, 2022


National Defense Authorization Act includes Small Business Provisions

The 2023 National Defense Authorization Act, passed by the U.S. Congress in July 2022, includes several provisions aimed at boosting the ability of small businesses to compete for government contracts.Those pro...

Published Aug 15, 2022


Shelby County to relaunch its MWBE program

Shelby County is preparing to relaunch its program for minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) through its Office of Equal Opportunity Compliance (EOC). The program has been halted since November of 2020 after a lawsu...

Published Aug 15, 2022


Illinois Tollway hosting Electrical Focus Groups

The Illinois Tollway has announced it is hosting a series of Small Business Initiative Electrical Focus Groups. The goal of the focus groups is aiding efforts to package electrical contract opportunities in a way that bene...

Published Aug 10, 2022


Biden-Harris Administration exceeds small business federal contracting goal

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that the Biden-Harris Administration exceeded the small business federal prime contracting goal for fiscal year 2021. The goal is set at 23 percent for prime contracts a...

Published Aug 02, 2022


USDOT proposes rule changes on DBE program

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Biden-Harris Administration have jointly issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (or NPRM) relating to Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Conce...

Published Aug 02, 2022


City of Peoria launches Equity Accountability Program

The City of Peoria has launched a new certification program, known as the Peoria Equity Accountability Program, or PeAP. It is a free certification open to minority- and woman-owned business enterprises (MWBEs)....

Published Aug 02, 2022


City of Austin disparity study released

The City of Austin has completed a disparity study that was commissioned in 2020, and has released the results and recommendations to the public. The study made a variety of findings, with mixed successes and failures for ...

Published Jul 26, 2022


Santa Clara County begins business engagement for disparity study

Santa Clara County is beginning a business engagement initiative as part of the ongoing disparity study it is conducting. The study is examining the availability of small and diverse businesses in the area to determine whe...

Published Jul 25, 2022