Updates from OMWBE
The Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises released several updates:
More WMBE firms received state certifications in the month of September.
You can find the firm’s name, contact information, business description, etc. This list is best utilized regularly in combination with OMWBE’s Directory of Certified Firms has been updated with newly state certified OMWBE firms in the month of September.
DES has extended the COVID-19 Purchase Exception to October. 31, 2020.
When you look to fulfill your ordering needs, we implore agencies to please search for OMWBE certified businesses. Not only will you meet your agency’s needs with quality goods and outstanding service – you will also support minority and women owned businesses, which have been hardest hit by the impacts of COVID-19. Small businesses are the backbone of the state economy – about 99 percent of state businesses are small. Washington small businesses also employ 1.3 million workers, which is about 51 percent of Washington’s total workforce. Ensuring these businesses have contracting opportunities gives you access to a wider array of business solutions, helps drive innovation and strengthens our economic growth. Successful small businesses led by minorities, women and veterans help make our economy and our families more resilient – strengthening our communities and improving the quality of life for all Washingtonians.
Learning Opportunity – The Neuroscience of Decision-Making
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Coming Soon – Tools for Equity in Public Spending
This November we are releasing a collection of guidelines, best practices, and model policies to help contract specialists reach their supplier diversity goals. The toolkit will be available on our website, and we will provide training sessions on different techniques beginning in 2021. These resources were developed by the Governor’s Subcabinet of Business Diversity to drive Washington State forward as a leader in equity and inclusiveness.
Outreach to Diverse Businesses
We want to ensure that our directory of certified firms has businesses that provide the services you are looking for. If your list of vendors or any businesses you know of might be eligible for OMWBE certification or DVA certification please send a list of those businesses to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can share the benefits of certification with them.