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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 Hanover County updates MWBE program

New Hanover County has recently begun working on an update to their minority- and woman-owned business enterprise (MWBE) program. The goal of the update is to garner a higher rate of MWBE participation on County procuremen...

Published Dec 26, 2019


WSDOT hosting disparity study findings meetings

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is hosting three public informational meetings on the results of its recently-conducted disparity study. The study examined disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) ...

Published Dec 02, 2019

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New Jersey Senate considers legislation for SDVOB price preference program

New Jersey State Senator Vin Gopal has introduced legislation that would establish a price preference program on state contracts for service-disabled veteran-owned businesses (SDVOBs).The price preference would...

Published Nov 22, 2019


New York City earns first "C" grade from Comptroller for MWBE utilization

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer issued his yearly "Making the Grade: New York City Agency Report Card on M/WBEs" report, and awarded the City a grade of "C" for its utilization of minority- and woman-owned busi...

Published Nov 20, 2019


New Jersey launches new online portal for SMWVBEs

The New Jersey Treasury has recently announced the launch of a new online portal, the Uniform Certification Service (UCS), serving the needs of the state's small, minority, women, and veteran owned business enterprise (SMW...

Published Nov 19, 2019


City of South Bend sets MWBE purchasing goal

The Common Council for the City of South Bend has unanimously approved a plan proposed by Mayor Peter Buttigieg's administration under which the City will set an annual goal of purchasing at least 15 percent of its goods a...

Published Nov 18, 2019


2019 East Baton Rouge City-Parish disparity study results released

The results of the 2019 East Baton Rouge City-Parish disparity study were recently released at a meeting of the City-Parish's Metro Council. The upshot of the study is a finding of underutilization for minority-, woma...

Published Nov 18, 2019


Boston mayor issues executive order supporting equitable procurement

Boston's Mayor Martin J. Walsh has issued an executive order in support of diversifying city procurement practices. The executive order follows an executive order from 2016 which also was targeted at ensuring fair and equi...

Published Nov 04, 2019


Indiana announces disparity study meeting dates

The Indiana Department of Administration (IDOA) has announced dates for public meetings related to the upcoming 2020 disparity study that IDOA has commissioned. The disparity study is intended to provide insight into poten...

Published Oct 31, 2019


Orange County to adopt LGBT business ordinances

The Board of County Commissioners (BCC) for Orange County, Florida, has recently adopted measures which are designed to foster a business-friendly climate for LGBT-owned business enterprises (often known as LGBTBEs) in the...

Published Oct 16, 2019


New York State MWBE utilization approaches goal of 30 percent

In 2014, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo set a minority- and women-owned business enterprise (MWBE) utilization goal of 30 percent for state contracting. The state has recently come closer than ever before in reachi...

Published Oct 03, 2019


Fort Wayne expands its Emerging Business Enterprises program

The City of Fort Wayne is expanding its Emerging Business Enterprises (EBE) program. Where before the program applied to city projects, there is now a new recommendation that the program apply to the city's portion of priv...

Published Sep 27, 2019


US DOT posts memorandum on definition of Native American Owned DBEs

The United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) recently issued a memorandum on the definition of Native American Owned DBEs (or Disadvantaged Business Enterprises). The memorandum comes after a Los Angeles Times i...

Published Sep 20, 2019


Mayor of Tampa announces LGBTBE city-level certification program

Mayor Jane Castor of Tampa has signed an executive order designating LGBT-owned business enterprises (LGBTBEs) as eligible for certification procedures from the city. The certification wlll be performed through the auspice...

Published Aug 22, 2019


WETA/San Francisco Bay Ferry to hold DBE teleconference on 2019 Vessel Construction Project

The Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) and San Francisco Bay Ferry jointly held a webinar recently, on August 20th, 2019, on a vessel construction project expected to begin late 2019 or early 2020. The pr...

Published Aug 21, 2019