Section 2: Policy
  1. The County, its contractors, their subcontractors and suppliers, as well as all vendors of Commodities, Equipment, Professional and Personal Services, Maintenance and Construction, shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, gender or sexual orientation in the award and/or performance of contracts. All individuals and entities doing business, or anticipating doing business, with Bexar County are encouraged to support and implement a program designed to achieve the goal of establishing equal opportunity for all of the citizens of Bexar County.
  2. SMWBE for the purpose of this policy are companies with a certification designation from an authorized certification agency as a woman, small or minority group certification, such as Historically Underutilized Business (HUB), or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), or Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), or Women Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), or Small Business Enterprise (SBE) , or African American Business Enterprise (AABE), or Asian American Business Enterprise (ABE), or Disabled Individual Business Enterprise (DIBE), or Emerging Small Business Enterprise (ESBE), or Hispanic American Business Enterprise (HABE), or Native American Business Enterprise (NABE), or Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE) or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender Enterprise (LGBTE) recognized and approved by Bexar County Commissioners Court.
  3. All bidders, which shall include sub-contractors, sub-suppliers and sub-consultants, are required to provide information identifying ownership for their company by registering in the County Supplier Portal.
  4. All vendors receiving awards for Goods, Commodities, Services, Construction or Professional Services must provide ownership and amount information for all sub-contractors, sub-suppliers and sub-consultants to be engaged before or during the term of the award.
  5. Small Business and Entrepreneurship Department (SBED) employees shall avoid any activity that would create a conflict between their personal interests and the interest of Bexar County and will avoid the appearance of unethical or compromising practices in relationships, actions, and communications. The types of activities that should be avoided include: accepting gratuities of any kind valued at more than $25 from current or potential vendors; using confidential proprietary information for actual or anticipated personal gain; or disclosing a vendor’s confidential proprietary information inappropriately to other vendors during the procurement process.
  6. SMWBE participation targets are not included in the evaluation of bids or proposals for awards. 
  7. Nothing in this policy is to be construed to require the County to award a contract to other than the lowest responsible bidder as required by law and Bexar County policies and procedures.

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1. Section 1: Purpose
2. Section 2: Policy
3. Section 3: Legal References
4. Section 4: Definitions
5. Section 5: Program Goals
6. Section 6: Administration
7. Section 7: Certification
8. Section 8: Solicitation and Award of Commodities, Equipment, Maintenance, Construction, Services and Professional Services and Personal Services Under $50,000
9. Section 9: Solicitation and Award of Commodities, Equipment, Maintenance, Construction, Services and Professional Services and Personal Services Over $50,000
10. Section 10: Vendor Responsibilities
11. Section 11: Documentation And Reporting
12. Section 12: Administration of Vendor Data
13. Section 13: Responsible Offices
14. Section 14: County Responsibilities
15. Section 15: Exemptions to the SMWBE Policy Provisions
16. Section 16: Debarment Procedures
17. Section 17: Request for Information
18. Section 18: Effective Date
19. Attachment A: SMWBE Program Goals
20. Attachment B: SMWBE Program Report
21. Attachment C: Bexar County Purchasing Department Vendor Registration Form
22. Attachment C1200: Bid Submittal Forms
23. Attachment D: Guidelines for the Bexar County SMWBE Advisory Committee
24. Attachment E: Bexar County SMWBE Program Advisory Committee Standard Operating Procedures