Vendor, Bid Management Software Should Mitigate Barriers to MWBE Govt Contracting – Government Technology

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While the nation has become more socially aware of women and minority issues, including their importance as businesspeople, one of the largest sectors of the U.S. economy has been slow to adapt: local government purchasing. Across the United States, women- and minority-run businesses (also known as Women-owned and Minority-owned Business Enterprises or WMBEs) face a variety of significant challenges when it comes to securing contracts with local government agencies.

Recently, The Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP) released a research paper that highlights the continued under-representation of WMBEs in the purchasing process. The study found that few local governments have minority-owned business policies (37 percent) and fewer have women-owned business policies (30 percent). Furthermore, of those local governments that do have policies, two-thirds have either not implemented the policies or have only implemented them moderately.

This problem is not only in small, rural, and less diverse parts of the country, but …

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