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 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


New legislation raises federal SDVOSB contracting requirement

The provisions of the Investing in VETS Act (VETS being short for Veteran Entrepreneurial Talents), sponsored by U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff of Georgia, have been signed into law. Rather than being passed separately, the provi...

Published Jan 30, 2024


Austin SMBR issues memo on MWBE personal net worth cap

The City of Austin's Small and Minority Business Resources Department (SMBR) has issued a memo relating to the personal net worth (PNW) cap on businesses eligible for its minority- and woman-owned business enterprise (M/WB...

Published Jan 30, 2024


Legislation introduced to create curing period for NYS MWBE applications

A bill (S-7836/A-8468) has been introduced in the New York Assembly which would create a "curing period" for applications for certification from the State as a minority- or woman-owned business enterprise (MWBE). The bill ...

Published Jan 24, 2024


New Jersey revises DVOB set-aside provisions

Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey has signed into law a bill which revises the State's set-aside program for disabled-veteran-owned businesses (DVOBs). The set-aside program specifies at least three percent of state contr...

Published Jan 24, 2024


Maryland SMWBE contracting report shows mixed findings

The Maryland Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs (or GOSBA) has released its annual report for fiscal year 2023, showing a slight rise in utilization of the businesses under GOSBA's auspices d...

Published Jan 22, 2024


Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office announces initiative to support veteran-owned businesses

The Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) has announced a new initiative in which it will partner with the National Veteran Owned Business Association (NaVOBA), a non-profit with a mission to support veteran-owned ...

Published Jan 19, 2024


Ducci Electrical Contractors Diversity Supplier Notice

At Ducci, we believe it is our duty to inspire the growth and use of small, minority, women-owned, disadvantaged and disabled and non-disabled veteran-owned businesses. To support supplier diversity, we are fully committed...

Published Jan 16, 2024


City of St. Petersburg MWBE Program accepting online applications

The Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) Program for the City of St. Petersburg in Florida is now accepting online applications. The City's Office of Supplier Diversity, which administers the MWBE program, in...

Published Jan 10, 2024


Milwaukee adopts MWBE disparity study recommendations

The Milwaukee Common Council has formally adopted the findings and recommendations of a recent disparity study into City contracting. The study examined City contracts during the period of calendar years 2015 through 2019....

Published Jan 08, 2024


Clark Public Utilities - Notice to Vendors

[NOTE: The text of the notice below was given to us by Clark Public Utilities - we are publishing it as-is.]CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES NOTICE TO VENDORSClark Public Uti...

Published Jan 08, 2024


Clark Public Utilities - Small Works Roster and Professional Engineering and Architects Roster

[NOTE: The text of the notice below was given to us by Clark Public Utilities - we are publishing it as-is.]CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES SMALL WORKS ROSTER & PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING &...

Published Jan 08, 2024


Cambridge MWBE disparity study released, showing significant underutilization

A recent disparity study into contracting by the City of Cambridge has been released, showing significant disparities in City utilization of minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) relative to their availability in th...

Published Jan 02, 2024


Maryland MBE program announces net worth cap rise

The Office of Minority Business Enterprise (OMBE) within the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced that the personal net worth cap for minority-owned businesses (MBEs) that it certifies will be lifted,...

Published Jan 02, 2024


Federal bill raises government-wide SDVOSB goal

Among numerous other provisions, the recently-passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2024 has raised the government-wide goal for utilization of Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SD...

Published Dec 29, 2023