DIRECTIONS ~ Wisconsin Supplier Diversity Program Updates by Director Tondra Davis
For the first time in six years and for the 5th time in the history of the MBE program, the state met its goal of spending 5% with Minority-Owned Business Enterprises!! Here's the report.
FY20 Annual Report.pdf FY20 Infographic.pdf
On behalf of the Wisconsin Supplier Diversity Program, I would like to extend a big thank you to our diverse suppliers, state agencies, UW campuses, Division of Facilities Management, DOT State Highway Program, contractors, stakeholders, Supplier Diversity staff, and the great leadership of Wisconsin, especially Governor Tony Evers. This was a tremendous effort by all to get us to this point of shared success!
We will continue doing those things that have helped us meet the MBE goal - reviewing contracting policies, building relationships, monthly data validation, supplier recruitment and training, and making in house program improvements. We will keep our foot on the gas trusting that our efforts will once again bring success in the next fiscal year and beyond, but most importantly, bring contracting opportunities to Wisconsin's diverse suppliers.
All the best,
WPI Acquisition Hour: Disabled Veteran Owned Business 4/13/21
Government contracting offers tremendous financial opportunities for Wisconsin's veteran-owned small businesses, but it can be difficult to compete in the marketplace. SBA and its local resource network help set veteran entrepreneurs up for success no matter where they are in their government contracting journey.
WPI is hosting the SBA and the Wisconsin Supplier Diversity Program to present on federal and state certifications available for veterans and how these certifications can lead to new customers and new business.
- Shane Mahaffy, Lead Business Opportunity Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration
- Tondra Davis, Director, Supplier Diversity Program, Wisconsin Department of Administration, Division of Enterprise Operations
- Mark Dennis, Wisconsin Procurement Institute
WPI Acquisition Hour: Minority Owned Businesses 4/20/21
Minority owned business can receive advantage when selling to various Public and Private entities. In most cases, a certification process must be completed to qualify.
It is important for business to understand the certification requirements and the potential benefits to their business prior to investing their time and resources in the certification process.
This presentation will provide an overview of these programs, application process, describe eligibility requirements as well as the benefits and obligations for certifications with:
- Federal Government agencies
- State Government agencies (including WisDOT and State of Wisconsin)
- Local Government agencies (including Milwaukee City and County, Dane County, Madison (City), MMSD)
- Corporate (Large business)
Are you a minority business owner looking to expand the reach of your business to government opportunities in the City of Madison, Dane County, WisDOT State Highways, and/or the State of Wisconsin?
Do the acronyms DBE, MBE and TBE sound like alphabet soup? If so, this is the virtual event for you!
Please join our virtual platform to learn about each government program's unique certification requirements and tips for successfully bidding on government contracts.