Minority Business Enterprise Program (MBE) Background
The Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program is built upon a
successful collaboration between the Wisconsin Department of
Transportation (WisDOT) and its supplier community. The health and
vitality of the state of Wisconsin is inextricably linked to the
quality of life in all our cities, communities and neighborhoods.
Each year, WisDOT purchases a broad range of products and services. The Division of Business Management
(DBM), Purchasing Section, is responsible for identifying the best value, highest quality products and services by encouraging competition among all contractors, suppliers and vendors. We recognize the challenge small, minority and diverse suppliers face to meet the unique business and technology requirements of WisDOT.
WisDOT's MBE Program is a proactive business
development process that seeks to provide all suppliers, including
minority businesses, equal access to purchasing opportunities.
It promotes vendor participation reflective of the diverse business
community and encourages local economic development.
Key program components
Outreach to minority and diverse suppliers through workshops, opportunity fairs,
and the Web.
Assistance with skills and capacity development for inclusion in business development initiatives.
Senior management support for the program.
Internal marketing campaign promoting the use of small, minority and diverse suppliers.
Internal goals and objectives with accountability for results.
We encourage large majority-owned prime contractors and strategic
suppliers who do business with WisDOT to demonstrate their
commitment to diversity by assisting in the development and
implementation of our subcontracting and 2nd Tier Contracting
Program as well as innovative value-added major-minority business
partnerships. The department acknowledges and offers opportunities
to those majority suppliers who assist us in our minority business
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