Agencies encouraged to reach out to ethnic minority small businesses to increase participation
We felt a large percentage of ethnic minorities were being precluded from doing business with the state because they lacked the capacity to handle large contracts. We believe this process will help open the door for these vendors to participate in the procurement of government contracts.
– Dee Dee Harbut, Chair, Governor’s Minority Employment, Business Affairs & Economic Development Council
Recently the Office of Procurement Services met with state agencies and provided information on how to locate ethnic minority vendors. This included using eMARS, the state’s procurement system, and the SMALL BUSINESS CONNECTion website ( kentucky.gov/sbc/default.aspx ).