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Woman-Owned Business
Enterprise Program

To promote free competition and equal opportunity, the City of Greenville, through its Purchasing Division, is committed to assisting small, minority-owned and woman-owned businesses in becoming active vendors with the City of Greenville. The City of Greenville encourages and invites small, woman, and/or minority owned businesses located inside and outside the city limits to participate in the City’s procurement process. It is the policy of the City to prohibit discrimination against any person or business in pursuit of procurement opportunities on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, disability, political affiliation or gender.
Summary of City Policy
Concerning M/WBEs
Business firms owned and operated by minority and women persons, in general, have been historically restricted from full participation in the nation’s free enterprise system to a degree disproportionate to other businesses.

The City believes it is in the community’s best interest to assist woman- and minority-owned businesses to develop fully, in furtherance of City’s policies and programs which are designed to promote balanced economic and community growth.

The City, therefore, wishes to ensure that woman- and minority-owned businesses (M/WBEs) are afforded the opportunity to fully participate in the City’s procurement process.
The term “minority,” as used in this document, means any group of individuals that are recognized, by State or Federal law, as being socially-disadvantaged or economically-disadvantaged group.

A minority/woman owned business enterprise means any business concern which:
  1. Is more than fifty percent owned by one or more women or minority citizens.
  2. In the case of a corporation, is owned by minority or women citizens, who hold more than fifty percent of all classes of voting stock of the corporation.
  3. In the case of a partnership, is owned by minority or women citizens, who hold more than fifty percent of the partnership interests. Such individuals must be involved in the daily management and operations of the business concerned.
Goals for Participation
The City adopts the State of South Carolina’s goal for participation of M/WBEs: ten percent (10%) of annual controllable procurement expenditures which are defined as agreements between the City and a contractor to provide or procure labor, materials, equipment, supplies and services to, for or on behalf of the City.
Preference in Scoring Proposals
In making procurement decisions which require written evaluations using weighted factors on a 100 point scale, M/WBEs submitting bids or proposals shall receive five additional points in the evaluation. There is no monetary advantage or set-aside included in this policy.