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Equal Business Opportunity
The mission of the Equal Business Opportunity (EBO) Office is to promote the inclusiveness of minority and female owned businesses within the city’s procurement process and to facilitate via race and gender neutral tools, the equitable awarding of contracts to minority and female business enterprises. 

The Review Process

In accordance with the Executive Order, prospective contractors must submit a complete Equal Business Opportunity Plan with their bid submission. Bids will not be awarded until the Equal Business Opportunity Officer has approved the EBO Plan.  The City has established participation goals for each of the following categories: Architectural/Engineering & Professional, Construction, and Goods and Non-Professional Services.

The EBO Plan should contain the following: 
  • Names, addresses, and contact persons of the African-American Business Entities (AABEs), Hispanic Business Entities (HBEs), Asian Business Entities (ABEs), Native American Business Entities (NABEs) and/or Female Business Entities (FBEs) to be used in the contract
  • Type of work or service each business will perform
  • Dollar value of the work
  • Scope of the work

Contractors may employ AABEs, HBEs, ABEs, NABEs or FBEs to meet the applicable project or may meet the project goals by utilizing: 

  • Subcontractors
  • MBE Suppliers
  • Joint Venture Agreements
  • Mentor-Protégé Agreements

 Completing the Bid Package
Once you have received your Bid Package follow the steps below to comply with the EBO Ordinance: 

  • Complete the EBO Application and search the City of Jackson's Certified Minority Business Enterprise Listing online.
  • If you are not able to locate a minority on our site to use as a sub-contractor, you must provide a waiver statement on your letterhead requesting a waiver of the City of Jackson EBO goals. You must show a good faith effort by providing certified mailing where you tried to contact minorities to participate on this project.

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Certification Program

To assist the EBO program in increasing minority participation, the City of Jackson created the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Certification Program.  The purpose of the MBE Certification Program is to allow prime contractors to subcontract with Minority Business Enterprises (African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Hispanic Americans) or Female Business Enterprises that perform a commercially useful function (i.e. architectural/engineering and professional services, construction, and goods (commodities) and nonprofessional services) in the work of the contract. 

In addition, the certification allows businesses to receive email blasts regarding upcoming bids, Request for Proposals, and Statement of Qualifications.

For the list of requirements for certification, Affidavit, and list of certified minority business enterprises, visit the “Quick Links” tab located on the left.  


MDA’s Minority Business Small Business Development Division
Mississippi SBA’s 8 A Certification Program 
Jackson-Evers Airport Authority DBE Program
MDOT Civil Rights Division

Upcoming Events, Projects and Initiatives

Doing Business with the City is a free, annual networking event that allows businesses to meet with City officials regarding doing business in Jackson.  Businesses are also encouraged to network with each other.

Resources from the City and partnering agencies will be available at various stations. 

For more information, please contact Jeremiah Liddell at (601) 960-1856 or

Mentor Protégé Program- the EBO Division is proposing the implementation of a Mentor Protégé Program to establish mutually beneficial business relationships between prime contractors and MBEs.  Overall the program seeks to assist MBE’s in capacity building enabling them to graduate from the Mentor Protégé Program and train the next generation of MBEs. 

Equal Business Opportunities Manager
Stephanie Coleman 
Ph: 601-960-1856

MBE Certification 
Vic Sexton
Ph: 601-960-1055