Office of Supplier Diversity
Office of Supplier Diversity
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
The City of St. Petersburg’s Small Business Enterprise (SBE) program, coordinated by the Office of Supplier Diversity, fosters growth in the economy and provides opportunities for participation in City construction projects and the procurement of goods and services.
The SBE program gives smaller businesses a chance to gain exposure to large-scale projects and experience working alongside big firms. The 3-year certification is free with required training, covers a 5-county area, and is race and gender-neutral.
Certified SBE Search
Are you in need of an SBE-certified company to furnish goods or for construction-related purposes? Search by business name, specialization, location, and contact information.
Small Business Enterprise (SBE) vendors are only certified as meeting the established criteria of the existing SBE program and not certified as qualified in any other area. The City is not responsible for and disclaims any representation made by any SBE vendor. You must do the appropriate due diligence before selecting an SBE vendor.
St. Petersburg City Council has approved the adoption of the new Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) Program at a Public Hearing held at City Hall on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023. The MWBE Program aims to promote business and economic development for minority-owned business enterprises and women-owned business enterprises in the St. Pete area and will be administered by the City of St. Petersburg’s Office of Supplier Diversity, which is within the City’s Procurement and Supplier Management Department. The MWBE Program will run for five years initially and may be extended.
In October 2023, the Office of Supplier Diversity hosted the First Annual Supplier Diversity Day to celebrate the importance of supplier diversity and connect local minority-owned businesses and women-owned businesses with procurement opportunities.
A Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE) is defined as a for-profit business that is at least 51% owned by a minority or minorities with management and daily operations controlled by a minority of minorities. A Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) is defined as a for-profit business that is at least 51% owned by a woman or women with management and daily operations controlled by a woman or women.
Be responsible for the execution of a distinct element of a contract
Carry out that responsibility by actually performing, managing, and supervising the work involved
Possess the skills, qualifications, or expertise necessary to perform, manage, and supervise the work