Small, minority, women, disadvantaged and veteran owned businesses are an integral part of our lives, play an important role in the economy of the United States, and are considered by many as the heart of the free enterprise system by employing well over half of all working Americans. Bexar County is home to over 45,000 small businesses that provide products and services which support the community with a higher standard of living.
Our Vision:To increase small, minority and women owned business participation in Bexar County projects and procurements through the integration of public, non-profit and private sector efforts and resources.
On April 10, 2001, Bexar County Commissioners Court approved Administrative Policy 8.0 - Small, Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise Program, which established the County's program. A very significant component of the policy is to maximize area resources without duplicating services. With that in mind, the SMWBE Program staff works with the SMWBE Program Advisory Committee, Purchasing Department and other local governmental entities to develop and implement the various outreach and procurement programs.
The events are an opportunity for the county Purchasing Department to make direct contact with local vendors. SMWBEs can get their questions answered and meet the buyers. Our office has information for other county departments to regarding their services or programs. They include the County Clerk, Tax Office, District Attorney - Hot Checks Section, and Dispute Resolution Office.
- Serve as a clearinghouse for solicitations allowing SMWBE/DBE more access to formal or informal solicitations and professional services opportunities.
- Provide the notices to assist in outreach to disadvantaged, small, minority and woman-owned businesses.
- Review compliance and monitoring of solicitations and participation for bid response.
- Review and update codes SMWBE/DBE use to receive solicitations.
- Determine if SMWBE/DBE follow-up on notice of the opportunities.
- Determine if there are SMWBE/DBE vendors ready, willing, and able to provide the desired goods or services.
- Maintain and provide access to a database of vendors, suppliers and contractors that qualify as SMWBE/DBE, including their products and areas of expertise.
- Maintain a communication process with SMWBE/DBE vendors, suppliers, professionals and contractors to involve them in the procurement process.
- Provide SMWBE/DBE Participation Reports.
- To foster relationships in small group settings.
- To give SMWBE/DBE briefings on emerging issues that could impact their business.
- To identify actions to seize opportunities and avoid pitfalls in the changing business environment.
- To serve as SMWBE/DBE resource for technology, consulting, planning, implementation, and advancement.
- Work with county staff to maintain a dynamic SMWBE/DBE website presentation.
- To serve as the resource and information center for SMWBE/DBE, general contractors, local, state and federal agencies and the general business community.