The TCCD team will work with business groups that support the inclusion of Small M/WBE firms in the solicitation of bids. These groups include: Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber, Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber, Tarrant County Asian Chamber, American Indian Association, Women in Construction, Women in Engineering, Black Contractors Association, Hispanic Contractors Association, Business Assistance Center, TCCD Small Business Department, and other appropriate organizations. Links to Web sites (where possible) will help Small M/WBE firms gain broader access to bidding information, business development resources, and training opportunities.
Strong emphasis will be placed on the importance of soliciting certified Small M/WBE firms for subcontracting opportunities at pre-bid conferences and in bid documents. TCCD will examine specifications to identify special subcontracting opportunities, and strongly encourage Prime Contractors and Bidders to solicit Subcontractor bids from Small M/WBE firms.
The TCCD team will assess the effectiveness of the Small M/WBE Program and identify opportunities to enhance the Program by evaluating Small M/WBE participation, compliance and reviewing the good faith efforts provided in bid packages. Feedback will be given to bidders regarding their submitted good faith efforts.
The TCCD team will identify subcontracting opportunities unique to each construction contract and procurement bid. The TCCD team will also concentrate heavily on targeting certified Small M/WBE firms that have expressed an interest in TCCD. Contacts will be made to interested businesses no later than ten (10) days prior to the bid opening, and a list of Prime Contractors that are pre-qualified to bid on the project will be provided to interested Small M/WBE Firms.