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City of San Antonio to Sponsor MBE/WBE Disparity Study Focus Groups

 City of San Antonio to Sponsor MBE/WBE Disparity Study Focus Groups

 San Antonio, Texas – The local San Antonio business community is invited to attend a series of business owner interviews on May 5, 6, and 7 as part of the Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE) Disparity Causation Analysis Study currently being conducted by the City of San Antonio.

These focus group sessions will provide an opportunity for local MBE, WBE and Non-MBE/WBE business owners to share their experiences and insights on the opportunities and the challenges involved in doing business or attempting to do business with the City of San Antonio and in the San Antonio region generally. These sessions are a critical part of the Disparity Study.

Feedback from local business owners will help to identify potential revisions to the City’s Small Business Economic Development Advocacy (SBEDA) Program and support the strategic objectives of open access to contracting and purchasing opportunities in the City of San Antonio. Comments will be kept strictly confidential according to established legal and policy standards. No information attributable to individual businesses or business owners will be included in the final report for the Study.

WHAT:          Disparity Study Business Owner Focus Groups 

WHEN:            

African American Business Owners:  Tuesday, May 5.

  • All Industries: 4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Minority & Women-Owned Business Owners: Wednesday, May 6.

  • Construction: 9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
  • Architecture, Engineering & Construction-Related Professional Services: 12:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.
  • Professional Services & Other Services: 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
  • Goods & Supplies: 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Non-Minority Business Owners: Thursday, May 7.

  • Construction: 9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
  • Architecture, Engineering & Construction-Related Professional Services: 12:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.
  • Professional Services & Other Services: 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
  • Goods & Supplies: 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

WHERE:         May 5:  Barbara Jordan Community Center, 2803 East Commerce Street, San Antonio, TX 78203

May 6 and 7: San Antonio Central Library Auditorium, 600 Soledad Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

WHO:              City of San Antonio and NERA Economic Consulting  

RSVP:             https://interviews.nera.com

* Free Parking is available in the parking garage. Entrance is on Soledad Street. Refreshments will be provided.

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