City Invites Businesses to Contribute to Disparity Study

Research focus includes minority-, women- and veteran-owned firms

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

​Upcoming public meetings will kick off the City of Virginia Beach's disparity study process. The analysis is being led by contracted consultant, BBC Research & Consulting, a Denver-based firm specializing in conducting disparity studies that assess how minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses are faring in the local marketplace and as a part of the City's contracting and procurement.

BBC is examining the number of these businesses eligible to bid for city contracts, measuring their participation in city contracting and assessing the local marketplace conditions for minorities, women and veteran entrepreneurs.

BBC is inviting business owners, trade association representatives and other interested parties to attend one of three public meetings where researchers 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

The 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. 

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.

"This study is intended to gauge where we are – it's a temperature check," said Taylor Adams, the City's finance operations administrator. "The feedback we're seeking from the public — insights into their experiences, beliefs and expectations — will help set the course for how we operate on the other side of this study and shape practices and policies going forward. The specific adjustments we make will be dependent upon the quality of input that we receive, so broad and candid participation at this stage is essential to our future success."

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

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