Bexar County is committed to increasing the involvement of SMWBE in its procurement process. Similarly, the County promotes SMWBE participation in its Tax Phase-in Program to support the growth and diversity of a regional economy.
The Commissioners Court established SMWBE Participation Targets of a minimum of 20% of all procurement dollars in the areas of Commodities, Equipment, Services, Maintenance, Professional Services and Construction are spent with minority and women-owned business enterprises, and a minimum of 30% of those procurement dollars are spent with small business enterprises.
At this time, however, the SMWBE Program is limited to outreach and data collection because the County cannot award any points or set-asides for SMWBE in the procurement of goods or services unless it is to correct a documented disparity. Using this data, a report will be developed by the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Department, the Purchasing Department and the Auditor’s office to show expenditures by commodity code, department or office transaction and vendor payments. At any time the Court may consider contracting for the preparation of a study that will detail the availability of Bexar County SMWBE. If an availability study is obtained, it can be compared to the County’s efforts and purchasing history with SMWBE to determine if a disparity exists. Race Conscious and/or Race Neutral Remedies to correct any evidence of discrimination will be recommended to Commissioners Court for implementation by the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Department.