Monday, November 8, 2010

Small Businesses Struggle to Get Government Construction Contracts

Small contractors, and especially minority and women owned businesses, have historically had a difficult time competing for public works projects as either general contractors or subcontractors.  

Here are three recent developments in this area:

Los Angeles:   In a recently released 18 page report entitled "The Case for Minority Business Contracting Reform," the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce called for the city to make changes to encourage greater use of  small, local businesses owned by minorities and women in the city's contracting.  The State of California is constrained by provisions of  Proposition 209 approved by the voters in 1996.  Click here for a news article from the Los Angeles Times from October 31, 2010.

Seattle:  The law firm of Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker is presenting a two hour breakfast training meeting entitled "A New Era for SBA: What You Need to Know About Doing Business As, or With, a Small Business."
  • When:  Tuesday, November 16, 2010 (7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.)
  • Where:  Seattle, Washington (Ruth's Chris, 727 Pine Street)
Washington State:  After hearing comments from a number of minority businesses at the October 28, 2010 meeting of the Capital Projects Advisory Review Board (CPARB), the board voted to establish a task force to address strategies for opening up opportunities for small businesses, especially minorities and African American businesses, in obtaining work on capital projects (design and construction).

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