State Inclusive Business Program Overview & Goals

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Does the state have a Minority Business Enterprise office (or equivalent)? Is there a statewide aspirational goal for MBE/ WBE procurement? What is the MBE/WBE goal? Does state require MBE/ WBE participation on certain contracts in order to reach goal? (or good faith effort waiver) Is ranking or preference given to MBEs/WBEs as primes or as subs? Does the state prohibit local government agencies from having any M/WBE goals or  preferences? State Policy Change from 1997 to current
Alabama yes, Office of Minority Business Enterprises no none no no no none
Alaska not sure no none no no no none
Arizona yes, the Community Outreach Program within the State Procurement Office no none no, but all lettings under $50,000 must have at least one M/WBE bidder no no added supplier diversity program in 2004
Arkansas no, but the Dept of Economic Development plays some of this role yes 10% no no no none
California no no, but there is a 25% small business goal none no no yes, although many have programs for federal funding Prop 2009 passed in nov 1996 eliminated all preferences and goals for M/WBE procurement for all state and local agencies
Colorado yes, the Minority Business Office no, just for County of Denver   yes, but only for funds spent in Denver no no Established Minority Business Office and Advisory Council. Established contracting program for funds in Denver.
Connecticut yes, Supplier Diversity Program of Dep of Admin Serv yes 6% yes    no no none
Delaware yes, the Office of Minority, Women, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (OMWDBE) no, but there is legislation to increase procurement   no no no state had goals established briefly in 2000 then rescinded but then began supplier diversity program
District of Columbia no, but the Dept of Small and Local Business Development plays some of this role no, it is part of an overal 50% local SBE goal none local SBEs are required yes, DBEs receive 2% preference as do other business categories no Program was developed in 1998
Florida yes, The Office of Supplier Diversity within the Dept of Mgt Services no, there is not a goal but each agency creates a plan and is graded on their attainment of that plan none no, but prime contractors are encouraged to use M/WBE through a grading system no no Changed from a race-conscious MBE goal policy to aggressive mostly race-neutral supplier diversity in 2000
State
Does the state have a Minority Business Enterprise office (or equivalent)? Is there a statewide aspirational goal for MBE/ WBE procurement? What is the MBE/WBE goal? Does state require MBE/ WBE participation on certain contracts in order to reach goal? (or good faith effort waiver) Is ranking or preference given to MBEs/WBEs as primes or as subs? Does the state prohibit local government agencies from having any M/WBE goals or  preferences? State Policy Change from 1997 to current
Georgia no no none no Prime contractor are provided with up to $100,000 in tax credits for subcontracting with an MBE no  
Hawaii no no none no no no none
Idaho no no none no no no The only change was suspension of race-gender-conscious goals in DBE program; pending disparity study
Illinois yes, the Illinois Business Enterprise Program for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities (BEP)  yes, there is a 19% M/W/DisBE goal 19% yes, depends on each agency no no The state increased its goal from 12% to 19% in 1998. State also kept its DOT DBE program based on Disparity Study - increased goals from 14% to 22% in 2006
Indiana yes, the M-WBE Division yes, separate MBE and WBE goals 12% yes, on all construction projects over $150K (or waiver) no no M-WBE Division and Commission was created by law in 2003, more staff to do vendor outreach.
Iowa no, but the General Service Enterprises office plays some of this role yes, a Targeted Small Business goal, which include M/WBEs and persons with disabilities each agency sets its own goal no no, but there is a TSB set aside on state projects under $10,000 no In 2007 each agency was required to set its own goal; prior there was a standard 10% goal. Also, TSB set aside was increased from $5,000.
Kansas yes, the Office of Minority / Women Business Development within the Dept of Commerce no none no no no none
Kentucky no no none no There is a small business set-aside and minority small business set-aside but they are rarely used no none
Louisiana no no none no no no none
Maine no no none no no no none
State
Does the state have a Minority Business Enterprise office (or equivalent)? Is there a statewide aspirational goal for MBE/ WBE procurement? What is the MBE/WBE goal? Does state require MBE/ WBE participation on certain contracts in order to reach goal? (or good faith effort waiver) Is ranking or preference given to MBEs/WBEs as primes or as subs? Does the state prohibit local government agencies from having any M/WBE goals or  preferences? State Policy Change from 1997 to current
Maryland yes, the Office of Minority Affairs yes 25% yes, each state agency determines on a per-contract basis if the contract should be MBE goals (and how much) and then if it should have sub-goals (and how much). no no Maryland had a substantial policy change in 2003 with the Ehrlich administration. The Governor’s Commission on MBE Reform identified and proposed solutions to problems in MBE contracing program, including accountability of state agencies, uniform data collection and reporting, including payment data, and requiring prime contractors to identify MBE participation at the time of bid rather than ten days after the contract was awarded.
Massachusetts yes, the State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (SOMWBA) yes 10% yes or a good faith effort waiver no no, but requires local governments receiving state funds for construction to have MBE and WBE participation goals In 2004 began requiring local governments with state fund to have M/WBE goals. In 2007 began requiring each state agency to have supplier diversity plan and appoint an affirmative marketing director.
Michigan no no none no no yes Proposal B in nov 2006 prohibited preferences by state and local government, but there was no state program prior
Minnesota no yes, part of the TG program none not app yes, a 6% preference to Targeted Businesses (similar to DBE) no Dropped the state goals in 1999 due to court challenge but kept preferences
Mississippi yes, the Minority Business Office no none no no no none
State
Does the state have a Minority Business Enterprise office (or equivalent)? Is there a statewide aspirational goal for MBE/ WBE procurement? What is the MBE/WBE goal? Does state require MBE/ WBE participation on certain contracts in order to reach goal? (or good faith effort waiver) Is ranking or preference given to MBEs/WBEs as primes or as subs? Does the state prohibit local government agencies from having any M/WBE goals or  preferences? State Policy Change from 1997 to current
Missouri yes, Office of Supplier and Workforce Diversity yes 15% no no no Eliminated mandatory goals and contract participation based on 2004 lawsuit. They kept aspirational goals.
Montana no no none no no no Stopped race-/gender- conscious DBE goals in 2005
Nebraska no no   no no no Had kept a HUB directory up until 1999
Nevada no no none no no no  
New Hampshire no no none no no no Prior to 2000, the DOT used race-and gender-conscious goals in DBE program
New Jersey yes, the Division of Minority & Women Business Development no none no no no Mandatory participation ended in 2003 as a result of a lawsuit. Are currently developing new initiatives based on disp study
New Mexico no no none no no, but there is a 5% preference for in-state firms no none
New York yes, Div of Minority- and Women-Business Dev no none not app no no Gov. started initiative in 2007
North Carolina yes, the Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses yes and require local governments to also have a goal for any state funds 15% Requires good faith efforts no no, but actually require local governments to have a goal for state fund spending Set aspirational goal of 8% HUB in '99, 10% in '01, 15% in '06 plus 10% verifiable on construction in '01
North Dakota no no none no no no none
Ohio yes, the Division of Minority Business Affairs with the Dept of Development yes, 15% overall and 5% in construction (EDGE) 15% yes yes, there is an MBE set-aside on certain contracts with shown market disparities no The state re-instated its goal based program in 1999 for all but construction spending. For construction, it initiated the race-neutral EDGE program in 2003.
State
Does the state have a Minority Business Enterprise office (or equivalent)? Is there a statewide aspirational goal for MBE/ WBE procurement? What is the MBE/WBE goal? Does state require MBE/ WBE participation on certain contracts in order to reach goal? (or good faith effort waiver) Is ranking or preference given to MBEs/WBEs as primes or as subs? Does the state prohibit local government agencies from having any M/WBE goals or  preferences? State Policy Change from 1997 to current
Oklahoma Womens Business Center no none no no no A 5% bid preference for MBEs was eliminated due to lawsuit in 2001
Oregon yes, the Office of Minority, Women, and Emerging Small Business (OMWESB) no   no There is a set-aside program for Emerging Small Businesses (race-/gender-neutral) no Suspended DOT DBE goals pending Disparity study as a result of Western States Paving
Pennsylvania yes, MWMBO There is an informal goal of 10% MBE and 10%WBE on construction contracts and a 5% MBE / 5% WBE goal on non-construction contracts 10% yes, above $50K on constr and above $250K on others yes, primes are given ranking points for M/WBE inclusion no Changed certification. Had each agency create supplier diversity plan and coordinator
Rhode Island yes, the MBE Compliance Office yes 10% yes no no none
South Carolina Governor’s Office of Small and Minority Business Assistance (OSMBA) yes 10% no yes, a 4% tax credit is given to primes that sub with MBEs no yes, the 10% goal was added in 2005
South Dakota no no none no no no none
Tennessee yes, the Governor's Office for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise no, but each agency has an aspirational goal none no no no In 2003 it created a state coordinating office and in 2004 it began requiring each state agency to have a plan to increase M/WBE procurement and a goal.
Texas yes, the Historically Underutilized Business office yes, various on type of spending 13% yes no no Eliminated the size restriction on HUBs
Utah no no none no no no none
State
Does the state have a Minority Business Enterprise office (or equivalent)? Is there a statewide aspirational goal for MBE/ WBE procurement? What is the MBE/WBE goal? Does state require MBE/ WBE participation on certain contracts in order to reach goal? (or good faith effort waiver) Is ranking or preference given to MBEs/WBEs as primes or as subs? Does the state prohibit local government agencies from having any M/WBE goals or  preferences? State Policy Change from 1997 to current
Vermont no no none no, but on construction contracts over $80,000, prime contractors are encouraged to use M/WBE subcontractors. no no none
Virginia Dept of MBE no but is part of 40% SWAM goal. Some agencies have M/WBE goals   no no no Main difference is that each agency must now prepare a SWAM implementation plan. Did a Disparity study
Washington yes, http://www.omwbe.wa.gov/ yes MBE: 8-10; WBE: 4-6% no no mandatory goals are prohibited Initiative 200 passed in 1998 and implemented in 1999 ended any local mandatory goals (that had been none at state level)
West Virginia no no, but there is an in-state business procurement goal none no no no none
Wisconsin yes, Bureau of Minority Business Development with Dept of Commerce yes, only for MBEs 5% yes, on a few, as well as targeted S/W/M/VBEs no no none
Wyoming no no none no no no none

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