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Posted on: March 31, 2016

New Software Helps Make Minority Business Enterprise Certification More Efficient

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The City of Jackson’s Minority Business Enterprise Certification program just got an efficiency boost with the implementation of new software, B2G NOW. The program was started some years ago, alongside the city’s Equal Business Opportunity program, to build a manually maintained database of businesses that are owned by African Americans (AABE), Asians (ABE), Hispanics (HBE), Native Americans (NABE), or Caucasian females (FBE). It has now been revised to include females of all ethnicities, which sometimes results in double certification.

The database has been the tool utilized by the both the Equal Business Opportunity Division and Business Development Division. The Equal Business Opportunity Division uses this database to provide options to majority contractors when they need to identify subcontractors to satisfy minority participation requirements in the areas of architectural/engineering & professional services, construction, and goods (commodities) & nonprofessional services, as outlined in the City’s Equal Business Opportunity Executive Order.

All businesses in the database also receive e-mail and/or text messages about all upcoming contract bid opportunities. Upon an amendment to the executive order in 2015, the database now is also used to ensure minority businesses are getting an opportunity to bid on all requisitions and contracts up to $50,000 (The Equal Business Opportunity program only covers city contracts exceeding $50,000). Also, as stated in the executive order the Office of Economic Development is required to provide statistical performance data that gauges the effectiveness of the program.

Manually maintaining that data has been challenging in the past. Once the status of all city contracts is infused into the system, the B2G NOW software will remedy that problem with accurately providing minority business category spending, in addition to, current minority business database information through its automated format that also entails additional information obtained from the business program applicants who now have the convenience of on-line applying as opposed to the past of applying hardcopy.

If you are a minority business owner wishing to get certified or re-certified or if you are a majority contractor looking for possible sub-contractors please access the Minority Business Enterprise B2G NOW database through the provided link or go through the City of Jackson’s website by clicking on Business and then Economic Development.

By Vic Sexton

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