The City of San Antonio encourages contracting opportunities and provides assistance to small, minority and women-owned businesses. After its creation in 2007, the Capital Improvements Management Services (CIMS) Department and the Economic Development Department worked closely together to advocate for small businesses in San Antonio. CIMS is committed to the success of the Small Business Economic Development Advocacy (SBEDA) Program, which is administered by the Small Business Division for the department.
In an effort to ensure broad participation in City contracts, bid information is distributed to small, minority and women-owned business enterprises (S/M/WBEs), making them aware of contracting opportunities. Information about SBEDA initiatives and requirements is disseminated at pre-bid and post-award conferences, by responding to information requests and by coordinating and participating in outreach efforts.
The City of San Antonio adopted a Diversity Action Plan (.pdf) in early 2013. This Plan is designed to increase the numbers of S/M/WBEs consulting, contracting and subcontracting with the City to mirror the diversity of the business community. Also included as part of the Diversity Action Plan is the Pilot Loan Program (pdf), which assists S/M/WBEs with obtaining a line of credit.
S/M/WBE participation in all design and construction projects is reviewed, tracked and reported to ensure compliance with the Small Business Program. Project Managers and client departments receive guidance on S/M/WBE inclusion during the goal setting process.
Current and future consultants and contractors (primes and subcontractors) doing business with the City of San Antonio must register as a vendor in the City's Central Vendor Registry (CVR), a feature of the San Antonio e-Procurement System (SAePS).
The City of San Antonio recognizes certified S/M/WBEs through the South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (SCTRCA).
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