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Minority owned business Contract Opportunities

Government contracts are an excellent source of business for minority owned business enterprises (MBE).  The U.S. federal government alone spends over $200 billion a year on goods and services.  Programs exist at the federal, state, and local levels intended to increase the participation of minority owned businesses.

At the federal level, there are contract setasides for companies certified under the Small Business Administration's 8(a) program, and also Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDB).  At the state level, where the bulk of U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funding for roadway and transportation infrastructure projects is allocated, each state and local transit agency must establish a goal for the participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE).  Keep in mind that a goal is not the same thing as a quota, meaning it is something that cannot be legally enforced.  Some agencies view their goals as a purely ministerial exercise, and fail to achieve their goals year after year.  Others make a more sincere effort to meet their goals and are more aggressive in getting their contracting officers and prime contractors to increase DBE participation, especially on large construction projects.

Many states, counties, and cities also have their own programs that may have setasides, bid preferences, focused outreach, or just set goals.  These programs are typically called Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) or Minority or Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) programs.

Topics

Government contract bids
click here to look for contracting opportunities with Federal, State, and local government agencies.
Government MBE programs
click here for links to government programs aimed at certifying MBE and assisting them in finding contracting opportunities
Corporate supplier diversity programs
click here for links to MBE and supplier diversity programs by major Fortune 500 companies
Resources
MBE organizations
click here for links to African, Hispanic, and Asian American business organizations
 
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