Greensboro expands MBWE program: Goal is 38 percent participation in construction contracts

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Greensboro council members have voted unanimously to approve changes to the local Minority/Women’s Business Enterprise (MBWE) program, intended to dramatically increase the amount of participation in city contracts by qualifying companies.

The new ordinance expands the marketplace for eligible companies from Greensboro’s immediate vicinity to a 27-county region within which at least 75 percent of the city’s contract money was spent, the News & Record reports.

The new ordinance boosts the overall goals for participation by MWBE companies to 38 percent in municipal construction contracts, 46 percent for professional services, 49 percent for purchased goods, and 29 percent for other spending.

New wording in the ordinance adds companies with Hispanic American ownership to MWBE construction eligibility, Asian American ownership to professional services, and both Asian- and Native Americans to the category of goods and other services.

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