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Baton Rouge expands MWBE, veteran business disparity study scope
Published on 02/05/2018

In November 2017, Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome ordered the East Baton Rouge Parish (of which Baton Rouge is the parish seat) to conduct a disparity study which aims to determine whether or not and to what extent minorities, women, and veterans are being excluded from doing business with the city of Baton Rouge.

Now, in January 2018, the scope of that study has been expanded to include the study of such disparities in regards to small- and medium-sized Baton Rouge businesses.

The study was expected, at the time of the passage of the order, to cost around $300,000, though this figure may grow with the inclusion of more categories of businesses.

Mayor-President Broome has asked the council to take the funds required from excess sales tax collections. It is hoped that enlarging the scope of the study will contribute to greater economic growth among a wide sector of local businesses. The disparity study has been deemed necessary in order for the city-parish to lend force to a resolution that was passed as long ago as 2009 listing a 25 percent goal for the share of city-parish contracting going to disadvantaged businesses.

Broome, commenting on the new proposed inclusion of small and medium businesses in the study, has said that many involved parties were requesting the change.

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