Businesses that register in the Washington Electronic Business Solution (WEBS) can identify themselves as seeking subcontracting opportunities and share contact information as well as their status as a small, minority-, women- and/or veteran-owned businesses.
This information is displayed in the system's commodity code reports in the "status" column on the right:
PTAC provides no-cost technical assistance to businesses on how to succeed in selling to the State and other governments.
Find your local advisor: https://washingtonptac.org/contact-wa-ptac/.
Goods & Services - Agencies: firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Works: Charles.email@example.com
The state is committed to dismantling barriers to inclusion and equity in its procurement practices.
A statewide Disparity Study calls for changes to state procurement practices and policies so they will not perpetuate systemic disparities. The Disparity Study demonstrates through qualitative and quantitative data that systemic disparities exist between the availability of qualified woman- and minority-owned firms in the marketplace and the state's use of such firms, and calls for changes to state procurement practices and policies to address these disparities. DES is working to put Disparity Study recommendations into place for both Public Works and Goods and Services contracting.
Review the disparity study recommendations that DES is working on.
DES manages two types of contracts -- goods and services and public works.
Goods and services - DES is the state's lead procurement agency, working within three key roles to support business diversity:
Public Works – DES works within three key roles to support business diversity:
DES is a key contributor to the state Subcabinet on Business Diversity that is working to support agencies in implementing disparity study recommendations, such as with the Tools for Equity in Public Spending.
See the DES Business Diversity Roadmap. It is designed to connect to an overall state roadmap being developed by OMWBE, the Subcabinet lead agency. DES served as the lead agency for the 2019 Disparity Study.