The Office for Small Business Enterprise (SBE) administers Title VI compliance, the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Women and Minority Business Enterprise (W/MBE), and SBE Small Business Assistance Programs.
The goal of the SBE program is to facilitate a substantial procurement, education, and small business assistance program designed to promote equitable participation by historically underutilized businesses in the provision of supplies, services, and public works to the City.
Ongoing Training and Business Management Assistance is Available
For certified businesses, SBE helps to level the playing field when it comes to having an opportunity to secure public works and goods and services contracts. For prime public works contractors, SBE offers preapproved certified contractors who can help you meet the SBE goal for your project.
For both the SBE certified subcontractor and the prime contractor, SBE offers assistance in obtaining business management and administrative skills by partnering with experienced programs and individuals who in turn share their knowledge and expertise. Local business training and educational opportunities are available through the Washington Procurement and Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) as well as through the Office of Minority & Women's Business Enterprises (OMWBE).
Small Works Roster
The City of Tacoma's Small Works Roster Program (SWR) allows pre-registered contractors the opportunity to bid on small public works and improvement projects with a budget of $200,000 or less.
For smaller qualifying companies, the Small Works Roster may allow for expedited payment and waiver of the bid bond. This program utilizes categories under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Except for the Small Works Roster, the City of Tacoma does not maintain an ongoing vendor or bidders list for any categories of work.
Small Works Roster bids are sent to approved and pre-registered contractors.
If you feel you have been subjected to discrimination as a service beneficiary, in contracting opportunities because of race, color, or national origin, you may file a complaint with the City of Tacoma, Small Business Enterprise Program, the Federal Transit Administration, and/or US Department of Justice. Complaints must be filed within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory act.
Complaints can be emailed to the Small Business Enterprise Program or the City Clerk's Office. Complaints can also be mailed to:
City of Tacoma
City Clerk's Office
Attention Title VI Coordinator
c/o Small Business Enterprise Program
733 Market Street
Tacoma, WA 98402
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