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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.



Statehouse bill to permit Greensboro to operate SBE program under consideration

The North Carolina House of Representatives has approved a bill (HB 303) which would permit the City of Greensboro to establish a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program. The bill has been passed on to the State Senate, wh...

Published Apr 29, 2021


Baltimore City Council introduces MWBE reforms

Baltimore City Council is considering a package of three bills that have been introduced with the goal of fostering inclusion of minority- and woman-owned businesses in City procurement. The bills follow a recent audit of ...

Published Apr 28, 2021


Missoula County implements MWBE preferences

Missoula County has passed a resolution giving certain preferences to minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) in county contracting. The resolution follows a 2016 statewide disparity study conducted for the Montana De...

Published Apr 27, 2021


City of Boston begins setting MWBE procurement goals

[UPDATE 04/08/21: The City of Boston Mayor's Office has issued a press release with further updates on its MWBE initiatives. These include: the reallocation of $2 million from the Boston Police Department ...

Published Apr 09, 2021


Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority announces Mentor-Protege Program

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), in collaboration with Silicon Valley Transit Consultants (SVTC), is initiating a new Mentor-Protege Program with the aim of assisting in the growth of small and minori...

Published Apr 05, 2021


City of Birmingham requesting feedback for disparity study

The City of Birmingham has begun the process of conducting a new disparity study on the experience of minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) in City contracting. As part of that process, they are requesting that MWBE...

Published Apr 02, 2021


City of Greensboro releases 2020 MWBE Report

The City of Greensboro has released its annual Minority and Women's Business Enterprise (MWBE) Report for the year of 2020. The document is a review of not only top performing MWBEs in the Greensboro Relevant Marketplace b...

Published Apr 01, 2021


City of Frederick issues 2021 MWBE disparity report

The City of Frederick has issued its 2021 diversity report, and stakeholders and City aldermen are currently discussing the proposed remedies it contains. The remedies are designed to address the report's findings that a f...

Published Mar 31, 2021


City of Toledo hosts 2022 Disparity Study Informational Meeting

The City of Toledo is hosting an informational meeting regarding the upcoming disparity study it will be conducting. The disparity study will examine the usage of minority- and woman-owned businesses and small businesses i...

Published Mar 29, 2021


Chicago Mayor's Office announces new business initiatives

The Office of Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, seeking to support diverse businesses in Chicago, has announced three new business initiatives with the goal of further leveling the playing field for City contracting. These ...

Published Mar 16, 2021


City of Springfield releases data on MWBE utilization

The Office of Mayor Domenic Sarno for the City of Springfield has recently issued a statement on the utilization of minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) in City contracting. The statement covers the period of fisca...

Published Mar 15, 2021


Illinois BEP program to adjust formula for determining availability

[UPDATE 3-11-21: The Illinois CMS BEP program has announced that a new disparity study will also be conducted. The disparity study will give a more accurate and current idea of what disparities may exist i...

Published Mar 11, 2021


City of Atlanta Transit sets triennial DBE goal

City of Atlanta Transit has announced its triennial disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) participation goal for fiscal years 2021 through 2023. The agency is required to set and publish such goals as a recipient of fede...

Published Mar 11, 2021


Houston formally includes LGBTBEs in City procurement

The City of Houston has become the first city in Texas to institute a policy of encouraging the participation of LGBT-owned businesses (LGBTBEs) in City procurement. The policy was passed through an executive order from th...

Published Mar 10, 2021


California Assembly Bill sets SBE utilization quota

A bill has been introduced into the California State Assembly which, if passed, would set a quota (rather than a goal) of awarding 25 percent of all state contracts to small businesses. The bill, AB 915, follows a 2006 exe...

Published Feb 26, 2021