Supplier Diversity in State Contracts
Our supplier diversity work includes:
- Procurement Inclusion and Equity (PIE) program: We help small, diverse and veteran-owned businesses sell goods and services to Washington state governments. We are also working on changing procurement culture in government purchasing and building pipeline of small, diverse and veteran-owned businesses on statewide goods and services contracts.
- State Contracts Assistance Network (SCAN): We connect small and diverse businesses with organizations and tools to help you be more successful at selling goods and services to the state.
- Business Diversity Advisory Group (BDAG): Comprised of vendors, BDAG advises our Contracts and Procurement Division on ways to reduce barriers for small, diverse and veteran-owned businesses to participate in state contracts for goods and services. BDAG helped us develop the enterprise Supplier Diversity policy.
- Supplier Diversity Community of Practice (SDCP): A forum for procurement professionals to connect and share how they are implementing the enterprise supplier diversity policy and best practices.
- Public Works Business Diversity Program: Working to remove barriers for small and diverse businesses to participate in engineering, architectural, and public works projects. Includes information about inclusion plans and contact information for public works programs.
- Encouraging Diversity, Growth, and Equity (EDGE): This pilot program is designed to give mini and micro-sized construction firms a more equitable space in the public works bidding and procurement process.
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We work with the Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) in their efforts to help businesses get certified, conducted a disparity study, partnered on the Washington State Roadmap to Contracting Equity, and support the Subcabinet on Business Diversity.