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DATE: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
TO: School Board Members
FROM: MaryEllen Elia, Superintendent
Status Report: Small Business Encouragement Program

The objective of this report is to recognize the District's effort to reinvest tax dollars into the Tampa Bay area's small business community.  On a  periodic basis, the Office of Supplier Diversity (OSD) captures the performance of the District staff and its prime contractors in the utilization of small, women and/or minority owned businesses.  The value of this report provides the Board and public a measurement of the District's program efficiency and the response to the District's performance expectation.

The OSD has balanced its focus to not only Facilities related new construction and major renovations, but also the District's Small Business Enterprise Goods and Service expenditures through its Lawson financial software.  The OSD was able to account for a total of over 18 million dollars spent with small business enterprises by our divisions, departments, and school sites.  When measuring formal Goods and Services Bid Opportunities, 29% of the eligible expenditures were earned by SBE vendors.

Construction managers awarded an additional 6.1 million dollars of subcontracts to small, women and minority owned businesses as part of the district's new construction and renovation program.  The 6.1 million dollars of subcontractor bid awards won by OSD registered vendors represents 20.1% of all subcontractor bid awards during the subject period, an increase of 4 million or 300% over FY2012.

The entire encouragement program, including construction, goods and services, utilized 170 vendors that are registered in the Office of Supplier Diversity database.  A parallel measurement of the program's continued growth is that the OSD's database of new certified small businesses increased approximately 10%, to a total record of 608 vendors by June 30th of this year.

•Â Align financial resources to support the district’s strategic goals
No financial impact.
SUBMITTED BY:  Benjamin Moore, Supplier Diversity Officer
    Cathy L. Valdes

  Chief Facilities Officer
(813) 272-4004
    A 10.02
Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida) * Mtg.#20130924_598 (Board Meeting) * Section A Item# 10.02