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Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion, and Small Business Opportunities

Gov. Wolf, Legislators Laud Proposed Legislation to Provide Consistent Support for Small, Diverse, Veteran Businesses

On September 27, 2021, Governor Tom Wolf applauded proposed legislation that will statutorily establish policies and programs to ensure that small, diverse and veteran-owned businesses continue to receive the support and opportunities they deserve in state contracting.

SB900 legislatively establishes the goal-setting program administered by the PA Department of General Services, Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities. Goal-setting establishes minimum SDB participation and spending commitment levels for solicitations for construction, design professional services, supplies and services.  In addition, the legislation calls for a disparity study to be completed every five years to maintain the constitutionality of the programs and keep aspirational targets up-to-date for the goal-setting program. The legislation further removes the 100-employee limit from the definition of “Small Business” allowing size and revenue limits to be set on an industry-by-industry basis which is more consistent with federal program eligibility requirements.

Taking Action Against Disparities

As a result of the first-ever Commonwealth Disparity Study in 2018, significant insight was gained into the challenges faced by small businesses (SBs) and small diverse businesses (SDBs) when it comes to state government contracting and the overall economy. Based on the recommendations of the study, Governor Wolf is committed to implementing policies and programs that will get the commonwealth on a path of improvement in the quality and quantity of opportunities for SBs and SDBs. These efforts will be centered around the implementation of Goal Setting, the establishment of a Veterans Business Enterprise (VBE) program and the revitalization of the Small Business Reserve (SBR) program.

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Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Annual Report

View the Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion & Small Business Opportunities FY 2019-20 Annual Report.

Visit the Business Resources page and scroll down to REPORTS to view annual report from prior years.

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