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.



Anne Arundel County releases 2022 SWMBE disparity study

Anne Arundel County has released a disparity study into its Small, Woman, or Minority Business Enterprise (SWMBE) program. The study examined the County's contracting with SWMBEs during the period of fiscal years 2017 thro...

Published Sep 22, 2023


City of Austin adjusts preference program

The City of Austin is embarking on a two-year pilot program of changes to its current Small Business Procurement Program (SBP Program). Currently, the SBP Program offers a 5 percent bid preference (not to exceed a total $5...

Published Sep 18, 2023


NYSDOT sets participation goal for 2023-2025

The New York State DOT (NYSDOT) has announced its DBE participation goal for fiscal years 2023 through 2025, as it is required to do as a condition of receiving federal transportation funding. The participation goal has be...

Published Sep 18, 2023


Durham County initiates MBE, WBE disparity study process

Durham County is currently getting closer to finishing a disparity study into the experience of minority and women business enterprises (MWBEs) in County procurement. Specifically, the study will examine whether or not the...

Published Aug 29, 2023


Pennsylvania funds MBE, WBE, VetBiz Business Program

The Pennsylvania General Assembly has passed a budget bill (HB 611) for fiscal year 2023-2024. The budget includes, for the first time, $20 million in funding for the the new Historically Disadvantaged Business Program, wh...

Published Aug 29, 2023


Clark Public Utilities Notice to Vendors

[NOTE that the text of the following notice was provided to DBE GoodFaith by Clark Public Utilities, and is being published as-is]CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES NOTICE TO VENDORS...

Published Aug 24, 2023


Santa Cruz METRO setting DBE goal

The Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District (Santa Cruz METRO) is currently in the process of setting a three-year DBE participation goal for fiscal years 2024 through 2026. The District is required to set such a goal as ...

Published Aug 22, 2023


Phoenix Public Transit publishes DBE participation goal

Phoenix Public Transit has issued a proposed participation goal for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) for fiscal years 2024 through 2026, as it is required to do as a recipient of federal transportation funding. Th...

Published Aug 08, 2023


Charles County considering revisions to MBE, SLBE purchasing

The Charles County Commissioners are in the middle of a process of evaluating legislation on making revisions to the County's Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program and the Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) Progra...

Published Jul 27, 2023


SBA Government Scorecard shows increase in small business spending

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced the results of the annual Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard for fiscal year 2022. The Scorecard is a measure of the extent to which the various agencies...

Published Jul 26, 2023


Pennsylvania DGS reduces diverse biz certification times by a third

The Pennsylvania Department Of General Services (DGS) has announced that bureaucratic improvements it has made have reduced the time taken to certify small minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses through the DGS's B...

Published Jul 25, 2023


Mercer County launches MWBE, SBE, VetBiz business directory

Mercer County has published a new certification directory on its website for small and diverse businesses in the area. The online directory was created as a means to support such businesses in their growth and success gene...

Published Jul 20, 2023


City of Baltimore consolidates two MWBE agencies

Mayor Brandon M. Scott of Baltimore has announced the merge of two offices: the former Mayor's Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development with the Minority and Women's Business Opportunity Office. The function...

Published Jul 19, 2023


City of Amarillo publishes proposed DBE goal

Amarillo City Transit (ACT) has published a proposed DBE participation goal for the period of October 1, 2023 through September 30, 2026. The goal has been set at 9.15 percent. ACT is required to set such a goal as a recip...

Published Jul 18, 2023


Votran invites public to participate in DBE goalsetting

The County of Volusia Transit Services Division, or Votran, is inviting the interested members of the public to help Votran set its next Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation goal. Votran is required to set...

Published Jul 13, 2023