Office of Supplier Diversity

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Office of Supplier Diversity

Overview

The Office of Supplier Diversity was created to promote fair and equal business opportunities through the intentional implementation of diversity programs to ensure equity in contracts and procurement for all members of our community who want to do business with the City of St. Petersburg. The Office of Supplier Diversity was created in response to the Disparity Study, which was conducted in 2021. 

Disparity Study Documents


Signature Events

OSD Certification Lab

The Office of Supplier Diversity brings Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and Minority/Women’s Business Enterprise (MWBE) certification assistance to the community. The “OSD Certification Lab” provides business owners with a great opportunity to learn more and ask questions about seeking business certification with the City of St. Petersburg, as well as receive one-on-one assistance with their applications.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop to in-person sessions to aid in application assistance.

Lab Dates:

Second Tuesday of each month Virtual 11 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Fourth Tuesday of each month In-Person 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Register Here

Supplier Diversity Day

In October 2023, the Office of Supplier Diversity hosted its first annual Supplier Diversity Day – a dynamic event dedicated to advancing diversity and inclusion in partnership with the city. Through engaging sessions, networking opportunities, and impactful discussions, the day highlighted the city's commitment to fostering a diverse supplier ecosystem. Stay tuned to this site for updates on upcoming events.

Watch the Recap Video

Supplier Diversity Day will be returning on Tuesday, October 15, 2024, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at The Coliseum (535 4th Ave. N.). Check back here for updates and the registration window.

Build St. Pete

Join us for the City of St. Petersburg’s 1st annual construction trade show, hosted by the Office of Supplier Diversity. This trade show is dedicated to connecting small businesses and suppliers in the construction industry with resources and contracting opportunities in St. Petersburg and beyond. In this free event, firms of all sizes will be able to showcase their services, meet buyers from multiple agencies, network with industry leaders, and gain potential partners. Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in a matchmaking experience with businesses and local agencies.

Register Here

St. Pete Build construction trade show will be on August 6, 2024, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at The Coliseum (535 4th Ave. N.) 

 


Operations

Currently, the Office of Supplier Diversity is responsible for overseeing the following City ordinances:

  • Minority Owned Business Enterprises (MBE)
  • Women Owned Business Enterprises (WBE)
  • Small Business Enterprises (SBE)
  • Living Wage

Code of Ordinances

Contract Compliance: The Office of Supplier Diversity monitors City projects to ensure the intent of the programs and ordinances under the office are carried out in all procurement activities and opportunities.

Certification: The Office of Supplier Diversity is the certifying office for the City’s SBE and M/WBE programs. 

    • Supplier Development: The Office of Supplier Diversity offers training, resources, and support to help our suppliers improve their skills, build capacity, and enhance business operations.

Outreach and Events: The Office of Supplier Diversity looks forward to connecting with businesses and helping them make connections with business opportunities.


Programs

  • Minority & Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) Program
    Learn More
  • Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program
    Learn More

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Partners & Resources