JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The administrative office (OA) today announced the signing of a Small Business Impact/Availability Study for the M/WBE (Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise) program. The study is being conducted by the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC). UMKC will plan the next dates for public meetings.
“I am grateful to all of our partners who helped fund the study and to the UMKC who will lead this effort.” said Director Corey Bolton, Office of Equal Opportunity-Office of Administration. “Conducting this study gives us an opportunity to assess where we stand as a state and will help us create access information, resources and capital to benefit M/WBEs.”
The purpose of this study is to compare the total number of M/WBE in Missouri to the number used in state contracts. The public’s insight and experiences with the state and its treaty process will help the Office of Administration identify potential program improvements and support Missouri’s strategic goals, increase collaboration, and foster economic growth for all elements of our state.
As part of the process, companies, stakeholders, organizations and other interested parties are invited to these meetings. This allows for the gathering of input from businesses, community organizations and individuals on their experiences of doing business with the State through its M/WBE program and helps identify barriers to the full and fair inclusion of all businesses in the State in contracting opportunities.
“This is another great example of how UMKC and the UM System are working in partnership with government agencies to serve the people of Missouri,” said UMKC Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal. “Through this partnership, we are applying our expertise to create opportunities for small businesses. That’s called win-win.”
The University of Missouri-Kansas City submission deadline for the Small Business Impact/Availability Study is June 30, 2022.
For more information, please contact the Equal Opportunity Office at 573-751-8130.