Supporting small and diverse businesses in state contracting is a priority for Gov. Jay Inslee and the state of Washington.
In July 2015, Gov. Inslee chose 12 of his cabinet agencies including the Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs to form a Business Diversity Subcabinet. The subcabinet is tasked with increasing ways for small and diverse businesses to participate in Washington state contracting opportunities.
In October 2015, Gov. Inslee announced that the state of Washington will undertake a disparity study. The study will provide valuable information about how Washington is doing when it comes to including minority- and women-owned businesses in state government contracts and purchasing. The disparity study will also provide a factual foundation that Washington can use to help ensure that all state agencies are using procurement policies and processes that result in fair and equitable outcomes.
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