BPCS holds opportunity event for small business vendors

Broward County Small Business vendors

Small, Minority and Women-Owned Businesses Offered Assistance to Secure Contracts

Local businesses are invited to attend a Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) business outreach event on May 8, 2017 from 9 am to 1 pm, at the Urban League of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale.

The event will provide an overview of the new Supplier Diversity Outreach Program Policy 3330 and a 2017 Procurement Opportunities Forecast. It is designed for all businesses in the tri-county area interested in doing business with BCPS and is free to attend.

The purpose of the event, hosted by the District’s Procurement and Warehousing Services Department | Supplier Diversity and Outreach Program (SDOP), is to unveil the new Supplier Diversity Outreach Program and provide detailed information on how local businesses can learn more about the opportunities to provide products and services to the District. Business owners will also be able to speak directly with key BCPS staff about upcoming business opportunities.

“The School Board is keeping its promise to promote supplier diversity and ensure equal opportunity for local small, minority and women-owned businesses to provide products and services to Broward Schools,” said Mary Coker, Director, Procurement and Warehousing Services Department. “We are ensuring that there is a fair and balanced bidding environment and are eager to help vendors with the process.”

Register to attend the event at bcpsprocurement17.eventbrite.com or contact The Mosaic Group atevents@upscalebymosaic.com or 561.651.9565.  For more information about the Supplier Diversity Outreach Program, call(754) 321-0505 or visit browardschools.com/sdop.

The Supplier Diversity Outreach Program builds capacity in the local business community by providing increased opportunities for underutilized business to do business with BCPS, generates growth among local businesses by providing increased preferences to Small/Minority/Women Business Enterprises (S/M/WBEs), and creates jobs and career opportunities for local residents.

The adoption of the new Supplier Diversity Outreach Program followed a disparity study, completed in 2015, that identified barriers and various forms of marketplace discrimination that weakened the participation of minority and women-owned businesses.  The new policy, approved on January 18, 2017, takes effect on July 1, 2017.

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