The City of Pensacola is working to get the word out about its Minority/Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) program. The MWBE program is intended to assist certified minority and women-owned businesses with identifying and participating in City of Pensacola procurement and construction opportunities.
“We are focused to highlight this important program where minority and women-owned businesses can thrive in our community,” said Hosea Goodwyn, the city’s assistant purchasing manager. “We are working really hard on increasing our efforts to obtain more certified businesses.”
To be eligible to participate in the program, businesses must first be certified. There is no cost and it may be accomplished with no financial, legal, or other paid professional assistance to complete the certification process. The benefits of participating in this program include being part of a business network with prime vendors and being listed in the City’s MWBE Directory. The purpose of the MWBE Directory is to assist prime contractors and city departments in their efforts to identify certified minority and women-owned vendors in order to promote greater participation in the City’s purchasing process.
To view the program’s eligibility requirements and access the application, applicants can visit cityofpensacola.com. Applicants can also submit applications by mail or in person to City Hall, 222 West Main Street, Purchasing Office, 6th Floor, Pensacola, Florida 32502 or by email to MWBEProgram@cityofpensacola.com. The city’s purchasing office is also available by phone at (850) 435-1835.