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What is Economic Inclusion?

“Economic Inclusion” involves the development and implementation of a robust effort to include Minority, Woman, and Disabled owned business enterprises in City Contracts, advancing economic opportunities for these businesses.

Office of Economic Opportunity

The Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) promotes the economic development of Minority, Woman, and Disabled owned business enterprises (collectively, M/W/DSBEs) through its registration program, contract review and monitoring activities; as well as ongoing interaction with other City departments, quasi-public agencies, and the local marketplace. The OEO currently operates under the Mayor’s Executive Order 14-08, the City’s regulation that governs the MBE, WBE, and DSBE business program. Please view the most recent Annual Participation Report.

Registration

As of March 2010, the City of Philadelphia no longer offers a M/W/DSBE Certification Program. Minority, women, and disabled owned businesses that wish to participate in the City’s program must be certified by another certifying agency.

Once certified, register with the City’s online MWDSBE Inclusion Works vendor registration system. The City’s registration program promotes and fosters the growth of the City’s minority, women, and disabled owned businesses (M/W/DSBEs). All firms applying for the Office of Economic Opportunity Registry of Certified Firms must complete the M/W/DS-BE Registry Application and submit it to the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) for the determination of eligibility.

Registration is free, there is no fee to apply to the MWDSBE Inclusion Works Registry.

Online Directory

To better promote the City’s certified vendors and to make it easy for bidders/contractors to find them, OEO maintains an Online Directory of Registered Businesses. Through the directory, certified vendors can market their business to potential partners who may not be familiar with their company.

Searching for a certified vendor is simple. The directory is organized to search vendors by Company Name, Commodity Category, Vendor Type, Commodity and NAICS Codes, and by Supplier Diversity.

Business Resources and Contracting Opportunities

The City of Philadelphia offers businesses a network of resources and the opportunity to bid and respond to upcoming contracts. These opportunities offer a great way for businesses to continue to grow. Many of the city contracts have participation goals aimed at increasing opportunity for minority, women, and disabled owned businesses. The participation goals set in most contracts offer many benefits for large companies to partner with small firms to create a long term business relationship.

Become a City contractor to find opportunities through the Procurement Department.

A business can learn of upcoming bid opportunities and better plan by applying for the Bidder’s list to receive periodic notices. Before submitting a bid, a business must pre-qualify and will be required to complete a questionnaire and financial statement.

  • Bids Online Bids are listed and updated on a daily basis.
  • eContract Philly eContract Philly serves as a gateway for businesses who are interested in applying for contracting opportunities.
  • LBE CertificationIn addition, the City’s Procurement Department offers Local Owned Business Enterprise (LBE) certification. This certification may offer incentives while bidding on City contracts. LBE Regulations The LBE Regulations provides a detailed description of businesses that qualify to become a LBE.

Contracting Opportunities with Nonprofit and Partner Agencies

Continue growing your business by establishing a network of opportunities.

Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC)

PIDC is Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation with a mission to spur investment, support business growth, and foster developments that create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, and drive growth to every corner of Philadelphia. A non-profit organization, PIDC was founded in 1958 by the City of Philadelphia and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

The Redevelopment Authority (PRA)

The PRA focuses on planning and developing balanced mixed-use communities to create thriving, well-served neighborhoods. As the public government agency charged with the redevelopment of the City of Philadelphia, the Redevelopment Authority provides the foundations that enable private investors to revitalize neighborhoods.

Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation (PHDC)

Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation is creating viable communities that we will continue to provide effective housing programs that benefit the low- and moderate-income residents of Philadelphia. In part, many businesses can partake in the opportunities available in creating these viable communities. Contractor Requirements

Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA)The PPHA develops, acquire, lease and operate affordable housing for city residents with limited incomes. In doing so, PHA does business with many local companies including small, minority and women owned businesses.

Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA)

The Philadelphia Parking Authority purchases goods and services from a variety of vendors. In accordance with Pennsylvania law, purchases exceeding $25,000 in value are made through publicly-advertised competitive bid. PPA is always looking to form lasting relationships with qualified businesses in the area owned by minorities, women and persons with disabilities.