Since April 2001, Commissioners Court has established a Small, Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise (SMWBE) Program with participation targets of 20% for Minority, and/or Woman-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) and/or a minimum of 30% for Small Business Enterprises (SBE). Procurement and contracting dollars spent with a MWBE that also is a SBE will be counted in both categories.
The SMWBE Program was created to ensure small, minority, and women-owned businesses a fair opportunity to compete on the County’s contracts. Similarly, the County promotes SMWBE participation in its Tax Phase-in Program, and with its funded entities and facilities to support the growth and diversity of a regional economy.
The success of the SMWBE Program depends on cooperation of 48 County offices and departments. It focuses on the purchasing, scope of work and data collection processes that are, of necessity, highly variable because the scope of items and purchasing authority by the County is so varied.