On May 19, 2016, City Council voted to approve amendments to the Small Business Economic Development Advocacy (SBEDA) Ordinance, which provides preferences for certified small, minority- and women-owned businesses (S/M/WBEs) when bidding for City contracts.
The amendments adopted by City Council were developed to address the findings from the Disparity Study conducted by Jon Wainwright, Senior Vice President of National Economic Research Associates (NERA) that was adopted by City Council in December 2015. The study found that the City of San Antonio has made significant progress in creating contracting opportunities for S/M/WBEs, but barriers related to race and gender remain. The study suggested the continuation of the City’s SBEDA Program with potential amendments explored to strengthen the program.
Many of the amendments to the SBEDA Ordinance expanded the application of current tools. Please check back soon for a complete list of the Amendments.
View the SBEDA Ordinance. If you have any questions, please contact the Small Business Office at (210) 207-3922 or email SBEDAInfo@sanantonio.gov.