The Broward County Board of County Commissioners authorized a study to examine the past and current status of minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBEs) in the geographic and product markets for Broward County and to evaluate County contracting and procurement programs in June 2008. The purpose of the study is to assist the County in evaluating whether its current race- and gender-neutral programs have eliminated discrimination and to determine whether the County’s prior program to assist minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBEs) reduced discrimination.
In 2010, the Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprise Disparity Study was received from consultant National Economic Research Associates, Inc. (NERA). Upon submission of the study results, the Office of Economic and Small Business Development, in conjunction with the Broward County Small Business Advisory Board, held a series of community workshops to allow the public to respond to and comment on the study. The final report and recommendations were formally presented to the Broward County Board of County Commissioners in November 2010.
Broward County 2010 Disparity Study Materials