Business Owner Participation
All business owners, regardless of ethnicity, gender, or MWSBE, DBE, and ACDBE certification status, are strongly encouraged to participate in the study. This includes subcontractors, subconsultants, or suppliers that have done business with or attempted to do business with prime firms that submit bids, quotes, or proposals on City, County, and Blueprint contracts. Your comments and/or recommendations may be used to modify the City and County’s existing procurement policies or MWSBE, DBE, and ACDBE Program policies.
MGT Consulting Group conducted 10 community meetings to present the Study’s objectives and gather input from business owners on their experiences doing business or attempting to do business with the City, County, and/or Blueprint or primes contracted by the agencies between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2016.
Business owners, both MWSBE-, DBE-, and ACDBE-owned, and non-MWSBE/DBE/ACDBE-owned, can also provide information about their experiences doing business, or attempting to do business with the City, County, and Blueprint by emailing email@example.com.
Input gathered during the community meetings and any written comments will be analyzed as the basis for recommendations to improve the City and County’s MWSBE, DBE, and ACDBE Programs.
Additionally, firms that are randomly selected to participate in the following activities are strongly encouraged to provide feedback:
- In-Depth Interviews
- Survey of Vendors, or
- Focus Groups
- What is a Disparity Study?
A: Disparity Studies are commissioned by an agency to determine if there is disparity between the availability of firms owned by minorities and women in a market area and the utilization of those firms by an agency.
- What is the purpose of a Disparity Study? Why is it necessary?
A: Disparity studies are used to determine whether there is evidence of discrimination in the market where the City, County, and Blueprint make their procurements that would justify the use of race-based and/or gender based remedies. Such evidence is necessary to satisfy requirements for affirmative action set by the 1989 U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the case of City of Richmond v. J.A. Croson.
- What is anecdotal evidence and why is anecdotal evidence collected as part of the Study?
A: “Anecdotal evidence” is information that business owners provide about their actual experiences doing business, or trying to do business with the City, County, and Blueprint, their prime contractors/vendors, and in the private sector. Anecdotal evidence helps explain and lend credence to statistical findings that will come from the Disparity Study. Businesses in the market area will be randomly selected to participate in the in-depth interviews, focus groups, and surveys. All interested businesses are encouraged to provide comments about their experiences doing business, or attempting to do business with the City, County, and Blueprint by submitting their written comments to the Contact Us page or emailing TBD@mgtconsulting.com.
- Why is it important that business owners participate in the study?
A: Business owners, both MWSBE-, DBE-, and ACDBE-owned, and non-MWSBE/DBE/ACDBE-owned, that do business or want to do business are impacted by the policies, procedures, and guidelines established as part of the City and County’s MWSBE, DBE, and ACDBE Programs. Participation in this study provides business owners the opportunity to give accounts of their experiences doing business with the City, County, and Blueprint, or their prime vendors. Input from the business community may direct the findings and recommendations for future policy changes.
- What factors are considered in determining whether disparity exists?
A: Disparity is calculated in the form of an index. The disparity index is a ratio of the percentage of utilization and the percentage of availability of MWSBE, DBE, and ACDBE firms. If the disparity index is 100, the utilization of MWSBEs, DBEs, and ACDBEs is equal with the availability of MWSBEs, DBEs, and ACDBEs in the market area. If the index is less than 80, it indicates that MWSBEs, DBEs, and ACDBEs are significantly underutilized by an agency based on availability of MWSBEs, DBEs, and ACDBEs in the market area. An index between 80 and 100 – which is close to full participation – indicates underutilization, though not significant.
- What will the City, County, and Blueprint do with the findings of this Study?
A: The City, County, and Blueprint will review the recommendations provided by MGT to determine what modifications, if any, are needed to their procurement policies and/or MWSBE, DBE, and ACDBE Programs.
You may also use this form if you would like to submit written comment about your experiences with City, County, and Blueprint procurement. Provide details of your experiences, regarding doing business or attempting to do business with the City, County, and Blueprint or their primes. Please be specific in your comments regarding entities involved, as well as about time and location for the experiences that you share.
Business owners may be contacted to provide feedback through invitation-only interviews, surveys, and focus groups.