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Published on Thursday, January 18, 2018

City of San Antonio Reports Largest Spend to Local Small, Minority, and Women-Owned Businesses in 2017

Report finds $246 million paid to local small, minority, and women-owned businesses through City contracts in which the SBEDA program applied in 2017, which represents largest spend to date since the program was established in 1992.

CONTACT: Amanda Reyna, 210-207-3962

SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 18, 2018) — On Thursday, the City’s Economic Development Department released the Small Business Office Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2017, which shows $246 million or 49 percent of City contract dollars were paid to local small, minority, and women-owned businesses (S/M/WBEs). The $246 million or 49 percent utilization rate represents the largest spend the City has conducted with S/M/WBEs since the establishment of the Small Business Economic Development Advocacy Program (SBEDA) in 1992, in which a disparity study found that only 10 percent of City contract dollars were paid to S/M/WBEs.

“This latest annual report demonstrates the significant progress the SBEDA program has made to ensure all groups receive fair and equal access to City contracts,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg said. “Last year, more than 500 local small, minority, and women-owned businesses participated in City contracts, which resulted in the greatest level of utilization recorded by the City.”

When comparing the results of the SBEDA program between 2011 and 2017, significant progress has been made, especially for those businesses who are minority and women-owned (M/WBE). Overall, the City’s percent of dollars paid to M/WBEs has increased from 13% in 2011 to 37% in 2017. In addition to the overall data, each of the five industry categories the SBEDA program measures documented percent increases in dollars paid to M/WBEs. Some highlights include the Architecture & Engineering Industry that progressed from 17 to 63 percent M/WBE utilization, the Construction Industry that increased from 22 to 36 percent M/WBE utilization, and Goods & Supplies Industry that improved from 0 to 50 percent M/WBE utilization.

“As long as I am chairing the Economic and Workforce Development Committee and have a role in shaping the strategic plan for our city’s economic growth, supporting a healthy business environment will not only be the goal, it will be our obligation,” District 3 City Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran said. “I commend City staff for taking to heart City Council’s mandate to uplift local small, minority, and women businesses through the SBEDA program. It demonstrates how our policy direction is making an impact, and these results are very encouraging.”

Since the establishment of the SBEDA program, the City has continuously increased the utilization of S/M/WBEs on City contracts by implementing various initiatives and amendments, most of which were created in 2011. These initiatives and amendments include establishing a goal-setting committee that ensures the SBEDA tools applied to a City contract result in the largest utilization of S/M/WBEs, central vendor registry to identify S/M/WBEs available to work on City contracts while also providing S/M/WBEs automatic notice of bid opportunities, and a Mentor Protégé program to build the capacity of S/M/WBEs and help them continue to grow. In 2016, additional amendments were made to the SBEDA program that expanded the use of successful tools and incentives to all industries, while also establishing new tools to help S/M/WBEs receive more contract opportunities at the prime level. 

“The City has continuously improved the SBEDA program through a data-driven process, that help our local, small, minority, and women-owned business community,” City Manager Sheryl Sculley said. “These enhancements have strengthened the City’s overall utilization efforts across all industries, leading to significant increases at both the prime and subcontractor levels.”

The annual report also highlights specific S/M/WBEs who have received assistance from the SBEDA program in 2017. One of the businesses highlighted is Young Professional Resources, who has served as both a prime and subconsultant to many local public agencies.

“The SBEDA program has been a key factor in our success by providing numerous opportunities to demonstrate our skill and capabilities to perform at the highest level, which has opened the door for even more business opportunities” Leonard D. Young, Owner of Young Professional Resources said.

The SBEDA program will continue to build the capacity and increase the utilization of S/M/WBEs on City contracts across all industries. The full annual report can be found here

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