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Policy Statement

It is the policy of Tarrant County College District (TCCD) to form business alliances with Small Minority Women-Owned Business Enterprises (Small M/WBE) that result in successful opportunities for certain categories of products and services.  This policy is designed to involve the largest possible audience to participate in TCCD’s Small M/WBE Program.  It will also provide equal opportunities to compete for contracts on services requested by TCCD.

This policy is designed for TCCD to include Small M/WBEs in Requests for Quote (RFQ) and Requests for Proposal (RFP) when appropriate, depending on the category and scope of the initiative.  TCCD will develop a continuing source library of Small M/WBEs.  The Small M/WBEs must demonstrate that they can be competitive in all applicable areas for consideration of award.  Small M/WBEs will have equal opportunities to compete for contracts for products and services requested by TCCD. All M/WBEs have access to TCCD RFPs and RFQs by accessing www.tccd.edu, then, clicking on “Visitor”, then “Bid Information”.

The TCCD district wide goal is 20% for the construction related portion of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) with workforce inclusion and participation from the adjacent counties.  These eight adjacent counties include Denton, Collin, Rockwall, Parker, Dallas, Johnson, Ellis and Kaufman counties.  Further, TCCD projects a stretch goal of 15% in the Tarrant County area.  TCCD will exercise a good faith effort regarding M/WBE inclusion within the scope of consumables, materials and services. In order to reach the district wide goals set by TCCD for the utilization of Small M/WBE firms, TCCD will strive to achieve the following objectives:

Establish a philosophy and method to develop, maintain, and enhance Small M/WBE involvement in the contracting process  (we should incorporate sensitivity to Small M/WBE inclusion in the RFQ and RFP processes; ensure that we have tried to identify Small M/WBEs for specific participation).

Ensure that certified and qualified Small M/WBE firms are offered fair-share advantages to compete for opportunities district-wide (we should be able to document that use and participation of M/WBEs are integral to our purchasing processes . . . whether contract is awarded or otherwise); we will ensure they have the opportunity to compete; the Director of Purchasing will be responsible for ensuring a Small M/WBE focus is built into the procurement process and handled with appropriate discipline and audited frequently to ensure we are executing as we say we will.

Provide Small M/WBE firms’ Contractors and Subcontractors with prerequisites for bidding on all contracts procured by TCCD, and offer instructions on the steps necessary to prepare and complete.

Provide information for each contract on job performance requirements, procurement opportunities, bid awards, and Small M/WBE opportunities.

Encourage all companies that bid for TCCD contracts to form alliances with Small M/WBE firms and major organizations to create greater opportunities for successful and profitable business relationships.

Keep Small M/WBE firms informed of current and upcoming bid opportunities through various media outlets such as TCCD’s newsletter, chambers of commerce postings, minority newspapers, and other sources that have direct contact with minority and small-business communities.  

TCCD is committed to offering equal opportunities for Small M/WBE firms to provide commercially useful goods and services that are not contractually bound by TCCD and/or its national purchasing organization.  However, M/WBEs have a responsibility to access TCCD methods of communicating business opportunities.

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