University of Wisconsin–Madison

Expanding Economic Opportunity: Minority & Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Programs

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
Although minority and/or women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) serve a critical role in our national economy, they are more likely than most other businesses to face disproportionate economic challenges. To address this MWBE programs can alter traditional procurement rules to increase the number of government contracting opportunities available to MWBEs. This brief outlines the steps local governments can take to establish an MWBE program in their locality. It also features case studies of successful MWBE programs.

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