The City of Harrisburg will work with minority, women & disadvantaged business groups to assist with business development needs, build new business relationships & will strive to improve participation on city-related projects
The City of Harrisburg will utilize different media formats to inform potential minority businesses of bids being sought and advertised. The City will continue to build new business relationships through networking with various other industries and associations and share ideas on how to improve participation. The City will maintain a database specifically for minority businesses to ensure those businesses are notified when bid opportunities become available.
In order to receive an MBE (Minority Business Enterprise), WBE (Women Business Enterprise), or DBE (Disadvantage Business Enterprise), LGBTE (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Business Enterprise), VOSB (Veteran Owned Small Business), SDVOB (Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business), DOBE (Disabled Owned Business Enterprise) and SDB (Small Disadvantage Business) certification, the business owner must obtain certification.
Certification can be obtained from:
- Unified Certification Program (UCP)
- Woman’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
- National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
- United States Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) Program
- Vets First Verification Program at vetbiz.gov
- US Business Leadership Network (USBLN)
- National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
- Department of General Services (DGS)
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise – DBE is a for-profit entity, at least 51% of which is owned, controlled and operated by one or more persons whose economic growth and development have been restricted based on social and economic bias, or is at least 51% owned, controlled and operated by one or more disabled individuals.
Women-Owned Business Enterprise– WBE is a for-profit entity, at least 51% of which is owned, controlled and operated by one or more women of any racial or ethnic background.
Minority Business Enterprise– MBE is a for-profit entity, at least 51% of which is owned, controlled and operated by minority group members.