Disparity Study

​The City has contracted Denver-based BBC Research & Consulting, a firm specializing in conducting disparity studies that assess how minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses are faring in the local marketplace, to analyze the City's contracting and procurement.
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​​disparity study adThe study is designed to provide a benchmark point. It will score the city on its efforts to encourage underrepresented business owners to bid on city contracts and help determine what, if any, improvements are needed to optimize the process. ​​

 
As a part of the first step in the research, business owners, trade association representatives and other interested parties are invited to attend one of three upcoming public meetings where BBC consultants will share information about the study and collect feedback from stakeholders about:

    • Current market conditions
    • Their experiences doing business in the region and working with the City
    • Any barriers or difficulties they've experienced when bidding on City contracts
    • Any race- or gender-based discrimination they may have encountered in doing business locally

FAQ's

FAQs.pdf

Updates:

Project Timeline.pdf

Public Meetings Presentation.pdf

Disparity Study Written Testimony Form.pdf

Public Meeting Information:

Monday, October 16

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library Auditorium
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.

Tuesday, October 17

6 – 8 p.m.
Kempsville High School Cafeteria
5194 Chief Trail

Wednesday, October 18

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library Auditorium
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.​

Anyone unable to attend the meetings in person may submit feedback about their experiences to the project team by emailing VBdisparitystudy@BBCresearch.com​.​

Analyses

The crux of the disparity study will be to examine whether there are any disparities among: ​

    • ​The percentage of contract dollars that the City spent with minority-, woman-, and veteran-owned businesses during the study period (utilization); and
    • The percentage of contract dollars that minority-, woman-, and veteran-owned businesses might be expected to receive based on their availability to perform specific types and sizes of City contracts (availability).

The disparity study will review contracts and procurements that the City awarded in fiscal years 2012 through 2017 (July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2017). The study will also examine other qualitative and quantitative information related to:

    • Legal considerations surrounding the City’s implementation of the SWaM Program; 
    • Marketplace conditions for minority-, woman-, and veteran-owned businesses;
    • Contracting practices and assistance programs that the City currently has in place; and
    • Potential program measures for the City to consider implementing to further encourage small business and minority-, woman-, and veteran-owned business participation.

Progress

The City and BBC initiated the 2017-18 City of Virginia Beach Disparity Study in September 2017 with a series of in-person meetings with various City departments and representatives. BBC began working with the City in September 2017 to collect data on contracts that the City awarded during the study period (July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2017) as well as information about the vendors that participated in those contracts.

Next Steps

BBC will engage in the following disparity study tasks in the coming months:

  • Public meetings
    Please participate in one of the three public meetings so we can include your insights as part of the study process.
  • Data collection and analysis
    The project team will continue to work with the City to collect data on contracts that it awarded during the study period and the vendors that participated in those contracts. BBC will begin assessing the subindustries that account for the majority of City contracting, the geographical area that is most relevant to City contracting, and the percentage of total contract dollars that minority-, woman-, and veteran-owned businesses received on City prime contracts and subcontracts during the study period.
  • Availability surveys
    The project team will begin conducting availability telephone surveys with businesses in the relevant geographic market area that perform work that is relevant to City contracting. If study consultants contact your business, please participate in the survey ​to help ensure an accurate and comprehensive survey process.