Vendor Diversity

Business

DBE Program

Harris County’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program ensures that small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in projects funded by the US Department of Transportation. Under the DBE program, Harris County establishes goals to utilize businesses certified by the Texas Unified Certification Program (TUCP). The program is monitored by the Federal Transit Authority.

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M/WBE Program

Harris County’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) program expands opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses to access county contracting opportunities and grow. The Harris County Commissioners Court established the program in November 2020 and charged the Department of Economic Equity and Opportunity with administering the program in direct response to a disparity study conducted by Colette Holt & Associates. The study, which analyzed Harris County’s contracting practices, found that only 9% of the county’s contracting dollars went towards M/WBEs though these firms made up 28% of the available market. As a result, Harris County has an overall, Annual Aspirational Goal of thirty percent (30%) of total spending for MBE and WBE participation on County contracts and a commitment to enhance inclusion in the procurements process.

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