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Business Diversity

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 Finding Subcontractors

 

Small and Diverse

Businesses that register in the Washington Electronic Business Solution (WEBS) can identify themselves as seeking subcontracting opportunities and share contact information as well as their status as a small, minority-, women- and/or veteran-owned businesses.

This information is displayed in the system's commodity code reports in the "status" column on the right:

 

 Contact Information

 

Email us at businessdiversity@des.wa.gov

Overview

Improving economic opportunities for small, minority-, women’s- and veteran-owned businesses is a priority for the Department of Enterprise Services and the state of Washington.

There are many opportunities for businesses who want to work with the state at Enterprise Services. Enterprise Services awards more than $1.5 billion in contracts annually. The agency has procurement and contracting opportunities in two main areas:

  • Public works contracting: Across the state, Enterprise Services manages nearly 800 design and construction projects worth more than $290 million each year.
  • Goods and services contracting: Enterprise Services oversees state master contracts with more than 1,500 private vendors who provide more than $1.3 billion worth of goods and services every year. Master contracts are used by state agencies, tribal and local governments, higher education institutions and public benefit nonprofit entities.

Inclusion plans

Enterprise Services public works contracts greater than $1 million must include a diverse business inclusion plan for subcontracting opportunities.

Governor business diversity initiative

Enterprise Services is leading the state’s Business Diversity Subcabinet in partnership with the Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises. Gov. Inslee chose 12 of his cabinet agencies and tasked them with increasing ways for small and diverse businesses to participate in Washington state contracting opportunities. The subcabinet is making changes based on a proposed Washington State Business Diversity Roadmap that identifies actions state agencies can take to improve contracting opportunities for small and diverse businesses.

Enterprise Services also is the lead agency for a disparity study that will give the state valuable information about how well state agencies are doing when it comes to including minority- and women-owned businesses in state government contracts and purchasing.

Diversity goals for DES contracts

Where to find bid opportunities

A key resource is Washington's Electronic Business Solution (WEBS). Through WEBS, businesses can register with the state and receive electronic notification of most upcoming bid opportunities posted by state agencies, higher education, and local government. There is no cost to register in WEBS.

Additional Enterprise Services resources and events

Resources in other state agencies