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Diversity and Minority Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE) are terms frequently used when describing the fabric of our ever-changing workplace.  Whether in reference to the internal staff of a business, corporation, or a group of entrepreneurial contractors, diversity and M/WBE supplier development initiatives should be an integral part of any organization that is committed to inclusion and providing equal opportunities for all qualified individuals.

Generally, M/WBE supplier development initiatives are greatly influenced by the internal diversity practices of an organization, which take a strong business rationale to drive diversity activity.  When staff members are held accountable for embracing and utilizing ethnic and cultural diversity, they are more inclined to accept the idea and make personal adjustments for a more productive work environment.

Utilization of a culturally diverse supplier base has clear advantages, and many business leaders see doing business with M/WBE firms as essential for staying competitive and sharing in business growth trends.

Tarrant County College District (TCCD) is preparing to implement a comprehensive Small M/WBE Program that will greatly impact TCCD’s mode of operation in project construction, purchasing of goods and services, and the functionality of all internal departments.

Data from interviews conducted by Ware & Associates was used as a guide in the development of the plan.  TCCD stakeholders, both internally and externally, were interviewed and assumed an active role in providing information crucial to the development of the plan.  Whether input was given individually or collectively as an organization, the overriding consensus was that the plan must be inclusive, demonstrate good faith, and mirror the desires of the overall community.

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