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Savannah MWBE program may expand to include small businesses
Published on 06/12/2017

Officials for the City of Savannah are considering whether to replace the city’s existing Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) program.

Alderman Estella Shabazz, along with others working with her, have proposed the Savannah Business Opportunity ordinance, which would expand the existing program to include small businesses. According to the proposal's proponents, this new system would increase the city’s overall usage of MWBEs and other small businesses - including in prime contractor roles. The program would in other respects be similar to the existing program, complete with participation goals, certification processes, and monitoring programs.

The current program requires businesses contracting with the city to spend a certain percentage of the contracting dollars on partnering - usually subcontracting - with MWBEs on the relevant project.

If approved, the existing MWBE program phased out on December 31st, 2017 and the new program would take effect in January 2018.

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