The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services is committed to increasing opportunities for Washington State Certified small, minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses.
Inclusion plans are designed to help increase small, women-, minority-, and veteran-owned business participation in Enterprise Services public works contracting.
Inclusion plans are required for Enterprise Services public works contracts valued at $1 million or more. For these contracts, the prime contractor identifies subcontracting opportunities and sets voluntary goals to include small and diverse businesses.
Project managers at Enterprise Services provide information and support to contractors as they work to meet or exceed inclusion plan goals including:
- Providing a template to assist prime contractors in identifying subcontracting opportunities for small, women-, minority-, and veteran-owned business
- Helping prime contractors identify possible subcontractors with information from the Washington Electronic Business Solution (WEBS). WEBS is an online system that helps agencies and vendors connect, and that also contains information on which businesses are certified as small, women-, minority- and/or veteran-owned.
- Providing information on other resources, such as the Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises and the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.
Supporting prime contractors as they work toward their inclusion plan goals – and learning from them as they share their strategies – is an important aspect of establishing a community of practice that supports business diversity in state contracting. A community of practice brings durable and sustainable results because it ensures business diversity is:
- Part of our culture
- A recognized priority
- Fully supported through planning, practice, policy and education/training
- Always going to be part of our future, in part thanks to a focus on continuous improvement and information sharing
Types of contracts with inclusion plans
Enterprise Services began requiring inclusion plans in June 2013 for the following types of contracts:
- General-contractor /construction-manager
- Architectural / engineer consultant / design firm selection
- Design-build contracting
- Design-bid-build construction method
In the design-bid-build construction method, design firms submit proposals, and one is selected to complete design work. Following that, the state solicits bids from general contractors. The lowest responsive, responsible bidder is contracted to perform the construction.
With design build contracting, design firms and general contractors pair up and bid as teams for projects.
Contracts with inclusion plans
For more information, see our list of previous and current projects and contracts with inclusion plans. Some projects have multiple contracts, and each contract may have a different inclusion plan.
For more information, contact Public Works Business Diversity Program Manager Charles Wilson, 360-407-8455.