Supporting Your Minority, Women & Small Business Needs
The Office of Economic Vitality’s Minority, Women, & Small Business Enterprise (MWSBE) Division is committed to communicating the City of Tallahassee and Leon County procurement and contracting opportunities, enhancing business relationships, and increasing participation opportunities for certified minority, women, and small business enterprises.
The MWSBE Division in the Office of Economic Vitality purposefully mitigates the disparity identified in the 2019 Disparity Study by encouraging the utilization of minority and women-owned firms in fulfilling the procurement needs of the City of Tallahassee, Leon County Government and the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency. The MWSBE Division will also utilize the competitive advantage found in its policy to encourage business expansion and job creation through mentor-protégé relationships, partnerships and the employment of externs and apprenticeships on projects.
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Small Business Assistance
Our partners at the FAMU Small Business Development Center offers assistance to new and small business owners by evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing options. Check out these Steps Before Starting Your Business.
Online Directory of Certified Businesses
The MWSBE Division is responsible for determining eligibility for certifications, maintaining records of certified businesses, ensuring vendors are trained and ready to do business with the City of Tallahassee and Leon County, and establishing professional relationships with the owners of MWSBE firms.
2019 Disparity Study
In accordance with recommendations made by the Minority Women and Small Business Programs Evaluation Citizen Committee, the County, City, and Blueprint conducted a disparity study review to identify disparity in contracting. Disparity studies are performed to serve as the evidentiary basis for continued race/gender based programs with the overall objective to determine if a “compelling interest” to maintain programs to provide procurement opportunities to minority and woman-owned businesses exists. Following acceptance of the 2019 Disparity Study, all three entities adopted the MWSBE Policy to govern their supplier diversity efforts.
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