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On February 17, 2017, the Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) released its annual report for Fiscal Year 2016. The report included highlights of initiatives that were undertaken at the directive of Governor Baker, who signed Executive Order 565, Reaffirming and Expanding the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Program (SDP), on November 3, 2015. Among the highlights are:

  • The Commonwealth becoming the first state in the nation to include Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTBE) owned businesses in our SDP;
  • Raising the benchmarks for Minority-Owned Businesses (MBE) from 6% to 7%, Women-Owned Businesses (WBE) from 12 to 13%, adding Veterans (VBE) to the Service-Disabled Veteran (SDVOBE) benchmark of 3%, and raising the benchmark for the Small Business Purchasing Program (SBPP) from 2.5% to 3.3%;
  • Working with organizations such as the U.S. Business Leadership Network, National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to accept verifications of their certifications;
  • Collaborating with the Greater New England Minority Development Council, Center for Women in Enterprise, and the City of Boston to support streamlined certifications and/or applications;
  • Developing a Veteran certification program to accelerate the process of becoming certified from nine months (federal) to approximately one month (state);
  • Engaging with thousands of certified businesses and prime contractors at nine Supplier Diversity Series events; 15 pre-certification classes; and 27 other education, resource, or networking events; and
  • Streamlining the certification process using Business Process Redesign and updating the annual reporting of results.

 

Facts & Figures

  • $960,326,542 – Direct spending by SDP participants with 977 certified MBEs, WBEs, VBEs, SDVOBEs and COMMBUYS-verified small businesses—a 1% increase over FY2015, representing 20.4% of state agency discretionary budgets
  • $407,913,633 – Indirect (partnership) business earnings for SDP participant vendors—a 36% increase over FY2015
  • 11%, 6%, 6.345%, 18.5% – Percent increase of spending with MBEs, WBEs, VBEs/SDVOBEs, and SBPPs compared to FY2015, respectively
  • 2,866 – Certifications maintained for state-certified MBEs and WBEs, including for-profit and nonprofit businesses
  • 101, 34, 75 – Businesses certified in FY2016 in the newly developed Veteran-, Disability- and LGBT-owned business categories, respectively.

To read the full report, click here. More information about the SDO’s programs and services may be found at mass.gov/sdo.

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