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As Texas becomes more economically diverse and a growing number of women enter what once was traditionally male leadership positions, it is critically important that Tarrant County College District (TCCD) makes a commitment to provide strategic counsel and support to business enterprise programs headed by minorities and women.

U.S. Census demographics demonstrate that business and workforce trends are greatly impacted by growth in minority- and women-owned companies. These dynamics are having a daily and direct impact on local and national economics and reflect the multicultural contributions of the nation’s society.

TCCD is committed to maximizing opportunities for small, minority/women business enterprise owners to contract for construction, goods, and services within TCCD. On its behalf, Ware & Associates, Inc. has interviewed many member organizations in Texas and has reviewed many Minority/Women Business Enterprise Programs in higher education and public municipalities nationwide.

By utilizing the recommendations submitted, Ware & Associates, Inc. efforts reflect the values offered by local organizations, businesses, and community groups that currently maintain and support programs, which are all-inclusive of Tarrant County taxpayers and stakeholders. These extensive efforts have been utilized in developing a program that addresses needs identified by Tarrant County College District’s internal and external stakeholders.  This program parallels those of large metropolitan and municipal programs that have had large demographic shifts in census, seen business growth trends similar to Tarrant County, identified long-standing gaps in contracting, and has a desire to incorporate a larger pool of qualified vendors and suppliers.

Ware & Associates, Inc. reputation and legacy as a full-service agency strongly recommends that this document be reviewed by legal counsel to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations. We would also ask legal staff to review and make recommendations to all sample document forms that professional and nonprofessional vendors are required to sign and notarize.

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