The St. Petersburg City Council has approved the new Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) Program. The MWBE Program aims to promote business and economic development for minority-owned business enterprises and women-owned business enterprises in the area.
“The City’s new Minority and Women Business Enterprise Program will help businesses that are seeking more ways to prosper and thrive in a competitive business market,” said St. Petersburg Mayor Kenneth T. Welch. “With equitable business opportunities as one of my administration’s Pillars for Progress, our goal is to remove barriers and provide a level playing field so all businesses have a chance at success.”
The Program will be administered by the City’s Office of Supplier Diversity in the Procurement and Supplier Management Department. The MWBE Program will run for five years initially and may be extended.
The City of St. Petersburg awards millions of dollars in contracts each year. The new MWBE Program will create participation percentage requirements for contracts using minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises. Businesses will apply to register for the City’s MWBE Program directory to be eligible to bid for contracts from the City.