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City Council Plan Sets Goals For Small Minority, Women, Disabled-Owned Businesses In City Contracts

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Nick Evans
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Columbus City Council will vote tonight on a plan to increase participation in city contracts for minorities, women, and the disabled who own their businesses.

It's called the Minority and Women Business Enterprise and Small Local Business Enterprise Policy and would aim to attract more small- and minority owned local businesses in construction, architectural and engineering work involving the city.

The objective is to eliminate any potential discrimination in how contracts of more than $100,000 are awarded and administered, by creating a level playing field.

All city departments responsible for the awarding or monitoring city contracts will be held accountable for implementing the goals and objectives of the program.

Some of those include a goal of up to 25% minority owned businesses for contracts in professional services. And up to 19% in construction agreements.

The Mayor’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion will take charge of the effort.