FY 2014 Report Highlights Success of Equal Business Opportunity Initiatives

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The Minority Business Development Office’s FY 2014 Progress Report showcases that of the approximately $77 million in competitive contracts the City awarded, nearly one-half, or over $35 million, went to Women and Minority or Small Local Businesses.

The Progress Report measures all contracts from October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014.

“This year, we set a steep goal for our staff to increase new equal business opportunities from previous years and I could not be more thrilled to announce that our team has met and exceeded that goal,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

“What this city has accomplished is remarkable, both in 2014 and since we redirected our focus to more inclusive procurement of contracts. The participation throughout the Tampa Bay region, by our women- and minority-owned businesses as well as our small local businesses, has increased dramatically and we, as a city, are better and stronger because of it.

We look forward to many more years of uplifting women- and minority-owned as well as small local businesses in our community.”

Key indicators of Minority and Small Business inclusion were:
Women and Minority Businesses (WMBE)
Prime Contracts awarded $7.9 million
Subcontracts awarded $5.0 million
Sheltered Market (Dual Certified) $1.6 million
TOTAL $14.5 million

Small Local Businesses (SLBE)
Prime Contracts awarded $15.6 million
Subcontracts awarded $4.0 million
Sheltered Market $1.2 million
TOTAL $20.8 million

Subcontract Goal Participation

Women and Minority Businesses (WMBE) and Small Local Businesses (SLBE)

Goal attainment was 107% of the contract goals set on City projects, compared to

  • 93% goal attainment in FY2013
  • 66% goal attainment in FY2012
  • 67% of goal attainment in FY2011

The City awarded over $5.9 million in subcontracts to Women and Minority Businesses and Small Local Businesses, 11.5% of ALL City competitively-solicited subcontracts.

Note: WMBE/SLBE vendor participation depends on the type of goods or services the City purchases and the certified firms that have the capacity to provide the goods or services (i.e. not all businesses can perform all goods/services).

Chart showing WMBE/SLBE Subcontract Goal Attainment: 107% in FY 2014, 93% in FY 2013, 66% in FY 2012 and 67% in FY 2011

Prime Contract Participation

Women and Minority Businesses (WMBE)

The City awarded over $7.9 million in prime contracts to Women and Minority Businesses, a 6.1% increase compared to FY 2013. A 4-year history of WMBE awards and TOTAL City awards follows:

 FY 2011FY 2012FY 2013FY 2014
WMBE Amount$9.0 million$10.0 million$7.4 million$7.9 million
Total Amount$111.0 million$129.4 million$70.6 million$76.8 million

  • 10.29% of ALL City competitively-bid prime contracts

Sheltered Market Contract Participation

Women and Minority Businesses (WMBE) (Dual Certified) and Small Local Businesses (SLBE)

The City reserved over $2.8 million in contracts for competitive bidding to WMBE (Dual Certified)/SLBE companies, over a 17% increase compared to FY 2013.

Chart showing Sheltered Market Contract Dollars : $2.9 million in FY 2014, $2.4 million in FY 2013, $1.1 million in FY 2012 and .5 million in FY 2011


In March 2012, Mayor Buckhorn introduced several new, major equal business opportunity initiatives tailored to increase access and economic opportunity for WMBEs and SLBEs. Three results-oriented objectives were instituted to ensure that WMBEs and SLBEs remain viable and successful through equal access and opportunity to do business with the City.

  • Increase Sheltered Market Threshold to $300,000* and expand the field of eligible companies to include underutilized WMBEs (Dual Certified) and SLBEs. 
  • Set goals for underutilized WMBEs and SLBEs bidding for pre-determined subcontracting opportunities. By determining if the selected task or trade can be performed by either a WMBE or a SLBE, the City can set a goal of inclusion, and require good faith effort compliance to achieve participation.
  • Increase the Rating Points for evaluating formal Request-For-Proposals (RFPs) that include “meaningful” WMBE (Dual Certified) and SLBE participation in performing core services. This will allow the evaluation of proposals to place additional weighted value… up to 10 points on a scale of 100 in selection of the vendor.

*The thresholds for goods and non-construction related professional services are capped at $200,000.

For additional information, please contact: 
Ashley Bauman, Public Affairs Director 
(813) 274-8262