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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 York City releases Making the Grade report for 2021

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer has released the annual Making the Grade report for fiscal year 2021. The report is issued by his office and grades City agencies according to their utilization of minority- and ...

Published Oct 20, 2021


California passes bill authorizing suits for CUF fraud

The California state legislature has recently passed a bill, Assembly Bill 1574, which authorizes certain parties to bring a civil action for violations in which it has been fraudulently represented that a certified disabl...

Published Oct 14, 2021


City of Gainesville conducting MWBE disparity study

The City of Gainesville is conducting a disparity study into conditions for minority and woman-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) that do business or attempt to do business with the City. The findings of the study, should ...

Published Oct 06, 2021


Two Pennsylvania bills to spur SDB participation

Two bills have recently been introduced in the Pennsylvania legislature which would assist minority, women and veteran-owned small businesses (also referred to as small, diverse businesses, or SDBs) in state and municipal ...

Published Oct 05, 2021


Los Angeles County expands CBE program to LGBTQQ certification

Los Angeles County is expanding its Community Business Enterprise (CBE) program to include a certification for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQQ) business owners, for businesses at least 51...

Published Oct 05, 2021


St. Petersburg City Council reviews disparity study results

The St. Petersburg City Council has recently reviewed the results of a disparity study that was commissioned in 2018. The study examined the experiences of minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) in City contracting b...

Published Sep 27, 2021


King County implements Fast Track Small Contractor and Supplier program

King County, in partnership with the Washington State Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises (OMWBE), is implementing a Fast Track Small Contractor and Supplier certification program for minority and woman-own...

Published Sep 21, 2021


City of Frederick issues 2021 MWBE disparity report

UPDATE 9/09/21 - The mayor and aldermen of Frederick were briefed on remedies to the findings of the disparity study. As mentioned in part below, the recommendations include adding a full-time employee ove...

Published Sep 16, 2021


Chicago set-aside program extended through 2027

The City of Chicago has extended its set-aside program for minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) through December of 2027. The rationale for the extension is built on a recent disparity study conducted by the City, ...

Published Sep 14, 2021


City of Asheville offers AVL Pathways to Grow training program

The City of Asheville's Business Inclusion Office will begin offer a training program known as the "AVL Pathways to Grow" course to interested businesses later in 2021. The training program is specifically intended to help...

Published Sep 08, 2021


Hamilton County conducting disparity study

Hamilton County is currently conducting a disparity study on its public procurement procedures. Specifically, the study will examine contract awards from January 1st, 2016, through June 30, 2021, to determine if there is a...

Published Sep 03, 2021


North Carolina launches Small Business Enterprise Program

The North Carolina Department of Administration's Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses has recently launched a new certification type and associated program, the Small Business Enterprise Program (NCSBE). The n...

Published Sep 01, 2021


Caltrans announces 2022-2024 DBE goals

Caltrans has announced the publication of its 2021 disparity study alongside its proposed disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) utilization goals for fiscal years 2022 through 2024. The goal for the period has been set a...

Published Aug 25, 2021


Massachusetts DPU announces 2022-2024 DBE goal

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Transportation Oversight Division for the State of Masschusetts has announced its disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) participation goal for federally-assisted projects for 2022...

Published Aug 25, 2021


Wilmington to conduct disparity study

Mayor Mike Purzycki and the Wilmington City Council have jointly agreed that the City of Wilmington will begin a disparity study. The study will examine City procurement to determine whether and to what extent there are di...

Published Aug 23, 2021