Minority/Woman-Owned Business Enterprise Program
About the Program
To promote free competition and equal opportunity, the City of Greenville, through its Purchasing Division, is committed to assisting small, minority-owned and woman-owned businesses in becoming active vendors with the City of Greenville.
The City of Greenville encourages and invites small, woman, and/or minority owned businesses located inside and outside the city limits to participate in the City’s procurement process.
View a summary of program policies to further understand preference opportunities and eligibility requirements.
Business firms owned and operated by minority and women persons, in general, have been historically restricted from full participation in the nation's free enterprise system to a degree disproportionate to other businesses.
The City believes it is in the community's best interest to assist woman- and minority-owned businesses to develop fully, in furtherance of City's policies and programs which are designed to promote balanced economic and community growth.
The City, therefore, wishes to ensure that woman- and minority-owned businesses (M/WBEs) are afforded the opportunity to fully participate in the City's procurement process.
The term minority, as used in this document, means any group of individuals that are recognized, by state or federal law, as being socially-disadvantaged or economically-disadvantaged group. A minority/woman owned business enterprise means any business concern which:
- The business is at least 51% owned by one or more women or minority citizens.
- The corporation is owned by minority or women citizens who hold at least 51% of all classes of voting stock of the corporation.
- The partnership is owned by minority or women citizens who hold at least 51% of the partnership interests. Such individuals must be involved in the daily management and operations of the business concerned.
Preference in Scoring Proposals
In making procurement decisions which require written evaluations using weighted factors on a 100 point scale, M/WBEs submitting bids or proposals shall receive 5 additional points in the evaluation. There is no monetary advantage or set-aside included in this policy.