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Published on Tuesday, April 18, 2017

City’s Small Business Economic Development Advocacy Program Annual Report Released

Report finds $208 million of City contracts paid to small, minority and women-owned businesses in FY 2016

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Jeannette Garcia

Economic Development Department


SAN ANTONIO (April 18, 2017) – The City of San Antonio is committed to the growth and utilization of local small, minority and women-owned businesses (S/M/WBEs) on City contracts as demonstrated through the implementation of the Small Business Economic Development Advocacy (SBEDA) Program. In February 2017, the City’s Small Business Office released the SBEDA Program Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2016, which shows that 45 percent, or $208 million, of City contract dollars were paid to S/M/WBEs. The 45 percent utilization rate represents the largest spend the City has conducted with S/M/WBEs since the establishment of the SBEDA Program in 1992, in which a disparity study found that only 10 percent of City contract dollars were paid to S/M/WBEs. 

When comparing the fiscal year 2016 SBEDA Annual Report to the first SBEDA Annual Report published after the major amendments to the program in 2011, significant progress has been made within each of the five industry categories SBEDA measures. Some highlights include the Architecture & Engineering Industry that progressed from 17 percent to 56 percent S/M/WBE utilization, Professional Services Industry that grew from 5 percent to 31 percent utilization, the Other Services Industry that increased from 2 percent to 47 percent utilization, and Goods & Supplies Industry that improved from 0 percent to 14 percent.

“This latest report highlights many positive indicators and shows the significant progress we’ve made, but we realize there is more work to be done,” said Mayor Ivy R. Taylor. “We strongly believe the recent amendments to the SBEDA Program will further improve the City’s efforts to utilize small, minority, and women-owned businesses on City contracts as we continue working to ensure all groups receive fair presentation across all industries.” 

Since the establishment of the SBEDA Program, the City has progressed in utilizing S/M/WBEs on City contracts through various initiatives, most of which were created in 2011. These initiatives include establishing goal-setting committees to ensure the proper SBEDA tools are applied to City contracts, central vendor registry to identify S/M/WBEs available to work on City contracts, Mentor Protégé Program to build the capacity of S/M/WBEs, and a compliance module to ensure SBEDA guidelines are being followed. In July 2016, additional amendments were made to the program that expanded the use of successful tools and incentives that have ensured the use of S/M/WBEs on City contracts.  

“City staff carefully vetted potential SBEDA amendments in 2011 and 2016 with a robust outreach program.  Staff held individual meetings with numerous stakeholder groups, including professional and trade organizations and chambers of commerce to gather their feedback and communicate the benefits and impact of these amendments,” said City Manager Sheryl Sculley. “The SBEDA program and its tools were supported by the public, and the progress that continues to be made by the City in contracting small, minority and women-owned businesses shows our steadfast commitment to growing our local entrepreneurial community.”

In fiscal year 2016, the SBEDA Program impacted nearly 500 local small, minority and women-owned businesses that were able to participate on City contracts at both the prime contractor and subcontractor level.

“The SBEDA Ordinance encourages the utilization of small, minority and women-owned firms,” said Julissa Carielo, President of Tejas Premiere Building Contractor, Inc. and Founder of the Maestro Entrepreneur Center. “I am happy to be a product of that process!”

“As a proud vendor under the city's SBEDA program, we can honestly say that the program has and continues to be a major reason for our success,” said Tony C. Gradney, Owner of Chelsea’s Catering & Bar Service. “The program is well run and fully committed to seeing small firms succeed in the City.”

The SBEDA Program will continue to build the capacity of local businesses and is committed to increasing the use of S/M/WBEs on City contracts across all industries. 

For more information on the FY 2016 SBEDA Annual Report, click here to see the data: full report can be found here

To request a meeting to review the Annual Report, please call (210) 207-3922. If you are interested in engaging with the City’s efforts to help S/M/WBEs, please consider joining our Small Business Advocacy (SBAC) Committee, which advises the Mayor and City Council on the policies set forth in the SBEDA Program. Those interested in applying may do so by visiting and clicking on Boards & Commissions.

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