Minority and/or Women Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Policy
It is the policy of the Buffalo Public Schools to ensure maximum feasible participation of certified minority-and women-owned business enterprises, i.e. independent business concerns which are at least 51 percent owned and controlled by minority group members (citizens of the United States or permanent resident aliens who are Black, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American), and women-owned business enterprises (citizens of the Unites States or permanent resident aliens in which 51 percent of the business is owned and controlled by a woman) in projects that receive District support.
The BPS will promote equality of economic opportunities for MWBEs and to eliminate barriers to their participation when contracting with BPS. The BPS will ensure that MWBEs are given the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to provide the District with commodities and services at competitive prices.
The District shall take measures to enhance the ability of MWBE's to compete for contracts and to ensure their meaningful participation in the procurement process. Such measures shall include but are not limited to:
- Wherever feasible, participate in and implement outreach initiatives, such as, conferences, contractor fairs and other forums held to enhance the ability of minority and women-owned business enterprises to compete for BPS contracts.
- Make all reasonable efforts to include MWBE's in bidder lists
The MWBE participation goal is 25% of the total dollar amount of this contract as awarded. Only MWBE firms that are certified by the Erie County/City of Buffalo Joint MBE/WBE Certification Committee or New York State MWBE Certification can be used to fulfill this goal.
On the first Board meeting in November of each year, the CFO shall issue a report to the Board detailing the total amount of funds awarded to MWBE certified contractors in the prior fiscal year, broken down by contract type for participation of certified MWBEs and equal employment opportunity (EEO) participation on all BPS contracts. The annual report shall also include information on any partial or total waivers provided to contractors.