CONTRACTOR AND SUPPLIER DIVERSITY

With Contractor and Supplier Diversity, the City works to accelerate the viability and strategic growth of procurement and contracting opportunities for small, women, veteran, and minority-owned business enterprises (SWVMBEs). Our goal is to build capacity, increase access to contracts and capital and support inclusive relationships between private and public sectors in the City of Columbia.



Contractors!  Apply NOW for Columbia Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Status!

Is your business:

1)  Located within the Columbia-Orangeburg-Newberry Combined Statistical Area (CSA)
2)  A Certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

Below are the City's CDBE Policy and Program Guidelines.  Please take a look and contact us to begin your qualifying process.

Columbia Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Utilization Policy
Commercial Non-Discrimination and Columbia Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (CDBE) Utilization Policy
NOW AVAILABLE:
Columbia Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (CDBE) Program Guidelines

That's all it takes to qualify for CDBE Status - it's that simple!

Below are links to the CDBE Application Form and current CDBE and DBE Directories:
 

 

ATTENTION WATER AND SEWER
CONSTRUCTION AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICE FIRMS


Mentor Protege College
- February 6, 13, 20, 27, and March 6, 2018 @ 6-8 PM

The Office of Business Opportunities (OBO) Contractor Compliance Office, in conjunction with the Minority Business Development Agency Business Center (MBDA), will be conducting the City of Columbia Mentor Protégé College beginning February 6, 2018, and run through March 6, 2018.  All classes are held on Tuesday evenings from 6 pm – 8 pm, at Earlewood Park Community Center, 1113 Parkside Drive, Columbia, SC 29203.

The Mentor Protégé College is an excellent opportunity for Mentor Protégé Program (MPP) participants and potential participants to expand their knowledge of the program and network with other companies; provide a better understanding of how your company can increase the effectiveness of your MPP team as you continue to develop your skills and gain experience in construction and/or professional services; and provide industry specific training required for project success.

REGISTRATION
For more information, contact Teowanna Clifton at 803.743.1126, or [email protected].

FAQ's
Program Flyer
 
eBID NOW AVAILABLE
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT TO ALL POTENTIAL BIDDERS: Please remember to register for the City's new eProcurement System. All current and new City of Columbia bidders should be registered in the new system.

Please click here to register and/or to review Bid Opportunities:  www.columbiasc.ionwave.net

For additional information regarding our new online bidding system, please click here to receive a copy of the announcement:  Welcome to eBidcolumbiasc!

 


 
 
 
 
Contact Office of Business Opportunities at 803.545.3950
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