The Supplier Diversity program was established in 2021 following the completion of the City’s Disparity Study. The program creates fair and equitable access to City contracting opportunities. We do this by:
- developing inclusive procurement practices
- monitoring City contracts
- providing technical assistance
- offering business certification, and
- connecting minority and woman-owned businesses to current and future contracting opportunities.
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Outreach and EngagementOutreach and Engagement
Minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBE) can directly connect with department buyers at our info sessions. We want to foster stronger relationships and provide in-depth question and answer sessions. We partner with City Departments on specific contract opportunities. We also strategically source MWBEs based on the specific expertise needed for that project.
Our Pathways to City Contracting opportunity fairs are held twice a year. These events create a space for MWBEs to learn about:
- upcoming contracting opportunities
- network and engage with various City Departments, and
- connect with our resource partners.
We hope that residents and businesses will cultivate ongoing relationships with our City Departments.
Our clinics help to inform bidders about how to find, submit, and be awarded City bids and RFPs. Each clinic focuses on specific types of contracts. Participants hear from City department officials who make procurement decisions. They also learn best practices through a panel discussion of successful bidders.
Topic discussions include the benefits of being "certified" as a minority- or woman-owned business.