2023 Supplier Diversity Week
On Monday, October 30, 2023 Mayor Michelle Wu, Chief of Economic Opportunity and Inclusion Segun Idowu, Chief Financial Officer Ashley Groffenberger, the Supplier Diversity and Procurement Program staff, and local business owners declared this week Supplier Diversity Week. They also announced several initiatives to foster a fair and competitive marketplace by bolstering the operational capabilities of Boston-based businesses historically excluded from competing for City contracts. Through additional investments in staffing and technology improvements, the City of Boston hopes to build on the progress made in fiscal year 2023 and further increase its discretionary spending with diverse firms towards its goal of 25 percent.
In an effort to further create transparency around supplier diversity and share the City’s progress, the Office of Economic Opportunity and Inclusion (EOI) today released a report on equity in City contracting. The City of Boston awarded $151 million in contracts to City certified MBEs and WBEs during Fiscal Year 23, which represents a 133 percent increase from Fiscal Year 2020. The City awarded a total of $1.08 billion in contracts that began in Fiscal Year 2023.
Request for Proposals (RFP)
The RFP seeks partners who will work collaboratively with the Department of Supplier Diversity to empower small businesses in specific industry sectors. The priority industry sectors were chosen because they represent areas of high City spending. With the goal of supporting a cohort of at least 18 small, Boston-based businesses in its first year, the SCALE program will provide business participants with the tools, training, and capital to address key capacity issues that prevent smaller businesses from competing for larger government and institutional contracts.
The RFP will be available on the City of Boston's Supplier Portal (Event ID: EV00013110). The City seeks to award six (6) contracts under this RFP. Each contract will correspond to one of the six (6) priority industry categories.
- Waste collection and management
- Snow removal and landscaping
- Design and architectural services
- Food and dining services
- General contracting services for construction
- Construction trade work, including plumbing & HVAC services, electrical work, roofing/siding/flooring work, insulation, drywall, masonry, and weatherproofing