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Published on Monday, January 14, 2019

City of San Antonio Reports Largest Percent Spend to Local Small, Minority, and Women-Owned Businesses in 2018

Report finds $223 million or 53 percent of City contract dollars paid to local small, minority, and women-owned businesses through City contracts in which the SBEDA program applied in 2018, which represents the largest percent spend to date since the program was established in 1992.

CONTACT: Amanda Reyna, 210-207-3962
Carlos Valenzuela, 210-207-3919


SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 14, 2019) — On Friday, the City’s Economic Development Department released the Small Business Office Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2018, which shows $223 million or 53 percent of City contract dollars were paid to local small, minority, and women-owned businesses (S/M/WBEs) on City contracts in which the Small Business Economic Development Advocacy (SBEDA) program was applied. Of the 53 percent, 44 percent or $186 million was specifically paid to local minority and women-owned businesses (M/WBEs). Both the 53 percent paid to S/M/WBEs and 44 percent to M/WBEs represent the largest percent spend to date since the establishment of the SBEDA in 1992, in which a disparity study found that only 10 percent of City contract dollars were paid to S/M/WBEs.


The SBEDA program promotes the participation of S/M/WBEs on City contracts to address findings from various City-initiated disparity studies. To accomplish this goal, each City solicitation is reviewed on an individual basis by a Goal Setting Committee to identify specific contract opportunities for S/M/WBEs. The contract-by-contract reviews allow for specific SBEDA tools to be applied to each contract, ranging from prime evaluation criteria points to subcontracting goals specifically for S/M/WBEs.


“This latest annual report demonstrates the significant progress the SBEDA program has made to ensure all local businesses receive fair and equal access to City contracts to help them grow and continue to be an impactful contributor to our local economy,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg said. “Last year, 519 local small, minority, and women-owned businesses received 53 percent of City contract dollars, resulting in the greatest percentage of utilization recorded by the City.”


When comparing the results of the SBEDA program between 2011 and 2018, significant progress has been made, especially for those businesses who are M/WBE. Overall, the City’s percent of dollars paid to M/WBEs has increased from 13% in 2011 to 44% in 2018, a 31 percent point gain. In addition to the overall data, each of the five industry categories the SBEDA program has measured a documented percent increase in dollars paid to M/WBEs. Some highlights include the Architecture & Engineering Industry that progressed from 17 to 57 percent M/WBE utilization, the Other Services Industry that progressed from 2 to 59 percent, and Goods & Supplies Industry that improved from 0 to 51 percent M/WBE utilization.


“As chair of the Economic and Workforce Development Committee, supporting a healthy business environment is my goal and obligation to the community,” District 3 City Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran said. “I commend City staff for their hard work in continuing to raise the bar in the City’s utilization of local small, minority, and women businesses through the SBEDA program. It demonstrates how our policy direction is making an impact, as these results continue to be very encouraging and we will always focus on continuous improvements.”


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 has positively impacted 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 2018.


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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