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Durham County falling just short of MWBE goal
Published on 06/12/2017

Durham County has awarded 21.86 percent of its total contracting dollars to Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) to date in Fiscal Year 2017, according to a report to the Durham County Board of Commissioners by Farad Ali, president of the The Institute of Minority Economic Development.

The fiscal year ends on June 30th, and the county has set an "aspirational" goal of reaching 25 percent of total contracting dollars awarded to MWBEs by that date. The 21.86 percent figure represents approximately $9 million out of the $41 million total spent to date on goods, services, and construction.

Between July 2007 to June 2012, by comparison, Durham County awarded only 6 percent of total contract dollars to MWBEs.

This low level of MWBE participation resulted in the county's adoption of a Minority and Women Business Enterprise Ordinance in November 2016. The MWBE program created by the ordinance has, according to officials, spent a significant amount of time helping MWBEs overcome the paperwork obstacles doing business with the county.

To read the full report from The Institute of Minority Economic Development, visit https://www.scribd.com/document/350465263/MWBE-Report.

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