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.



U.S. Senate considers bill to increase SBA transparency

A bill, entitled the "Small Business Contracting Transparency Act of 2024", has been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Chris Coons of Delaware and John Kennedy (of Louisiana). The bill has already unanimously passe...

Published Apr 12, 2024


USDOT issues new final rule on DBE program

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has completed the process of issuing a new final rule that affects the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. The rule was initially proposed and a notice relating to...

Published Apr 12, 2024


State of Maryland to conduct disparity study

The State of Maryland is conducting a Utilization and Availability Study, also known as a disparity study, into the experiences of minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) in doing, or attempting to do, business with t...

Published Apr 01, 2024


Alabama conducting 2025 Procurement Study

The State of Alabama is currently in the process of conducting its 2025 Procurement Study into conditions for minority- and woman-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) in the State contracting marketplace. The study will atte...

Published Apr 01, 2024


City of Tacoma to conduct disparity study

The City of Tacoma has announced that it is beginning the process of conducting a disparity study. The study will examine the experiences of small, disadvantaged, minority-, and women-owned businesses in doing (or attempti...

Published Mar 26, 2024


Minnesota DOT exceeds DBE utilization goal for first time

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has announced that it exceeded its participation goal for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) on federally-funded contracts in fiscal year 2023. This marks the first...

Published Mar 18, 2024


Montgomery County announces record utilization of small and diverse businesses

The Montgomery County Office of Procurement has announced that its Minority, Female and Disabled-Owned Business Program (MFD) and its Local Small Business Reserve Program (LSBRP) both attained record levels of funding for ...

Published Mar 18, 2024


Washington State introduces Public Works Small Business Enterprise cert

The State of Washington is introducing a new business certification, the Public Works Small Business Enterprise (or PWSBE) certification. The State's Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises (OMWBE) will be resp...

Published Mar 11, 2024


NYC Comptroller releases Annual Report on M/WBE Procurement

New York City Comptroller Brad Lander has issued the Annual Report on M/WBE Procurement for the City's Office of Comptroller. The annual report takes a look at conditions for Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprises ...

Published Feb 27, 2024


City of Austin publishes ACDBE utilization goals

The City of Austin has published proposed utilization goals for Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (ACDBEs) by Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA). The City is required to publish such goals as...

Published Feb 26, 2024


Contract Our Veterans Act introduced in the House

United States Representatives Mike Waltz and Jimmy Panetta have introduced a bill entitled the "Contract Our Veterans Act" in the House of Representatives. The bill aims to increase the rate at which the U.S. Department of...

Published Feb 20, 2024


Nassau Community College opening MWBE Center

Nassau Community College, a public community college in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, is opening its Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Center for Excellence in Entrepreneurship this spring. ...

Published Feb 12, 2024


Hudson County conducts disparity study

Hudson County, New Jersey, has recently announced that the County will be conducting its first ever disparity study. The study will examine how the County and its agencies have done business with small and diverse business...

Published Feb 05, 2024


St. Louis County releases MWBE disparity study

St. Louis County has released a disparity study conducted on the experiences of minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) in competing for contract work with the County. The study examined contracts within the period of...

Published Feb 01, 2024


New Jersey releases disparity study on MWBE contracting

The State of New Jersey has released a completed disparity study that was done on the experiences of minority- and woman-owned business enterprises (MWBE) in the realm of state contracting. The study had been commissioned ...

Published Feb 01, 2024