Minority & Women Business Enterprise
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the M/WBE Program and how can it help me?
A: The M/WBE (Minority / Women Business Enterprise) Program was established to assist minority and women-owned businesses with pursuing Dallas ISD business opportunities in a legal and meaningful way.
The M/WBE Department provides:
- M/WBE advocacy and support
- Information regarding M/WBE certifications, bonding and technical support
- Webinars, training sessions, business development workshops and networkers
- Resolutions regarding M/WBE compliance issues
- Contract compliance, monitoring, and M/WBE reporting
- Internal Marketing Campaigns
- Philanthropic Support for Dallas ISD students and families
Q: What type of firm qualifies as an M/WBE?
A: A business which is 51%, owned and controlled by minority groups or women. Minority groups are African American, Hispanic American, Asian American and Native American-owned businesses. All other American women not included in the above groups are eligible for WBE certification.
Q: Do I have to be certified as an M/WBE to do business with the district?
A: No, certification is not a requirement to do business with the district. However, certification can be advantageous to your business. We strongly recommend M/WBE certification(s).
Q: What certification(s) does the district recognize?
A: DISD recognizes the following certifications:
- North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (NCTRCA)
- State of Texas's Historically Underutilized Business (HUB)
- Small Business Administration (SBA) 8a and SDB
- Department of Transportation (DOT)
- South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (SCTRCA)
- D/FW Minority Business Development Council
- National Minority Supplier Development Council
- City of Houston
- Corpus Christi Transit Authority
- Other Certifications may be considered on the individual basis
Q: What can M/WBEs do to increase their participation in the bidding process?
A: These simple steps can increase your opportunities with Dallas ISD.
- Become certified
- Attend pre-bid conferences, seminars, workshops sponsored by Dallas ISD
- Establish and maintain contacts and relationships with prime contractors for potential business
- Respond promptly to solicitation requests
- Maintain open communication with the Dallas ISD
- Update your contact information in the vendor registration portal
Q: How can I find out about the district's upcoming business opportunities?
A: The district publicizes its business opportunities using various advertising methods.
- Bond Opportunities: www.dallasisd.org/bondop
- Supplier Opportunities: www.dallasisd.org/opportunities
- Local Newspapers
- Chambers of Commerce and Technical Assistance Centers
Q: How long is the set-up process for a new vendor?
A: Vendor registration is completed through our iSupplier portal www.dallasisd.org/vendor. It normally takes between 15 - 20 minutes to complete the registration process and approximately 72 hours for approval notification.
Q: Who should complete the M/WBE Compliance Guidelines and Forms?
A: The prime contractor is responsible for completing this document. For specific questions, contact the M/WBE Department at 972.925.4140.
Q: Does the District offer any financial assistance to companies that are awarded contracts?
A: Presently, there is no policy in place to provide financial assistance to suppliers.
Q: What kinds of products/services does the district purchase?
A: The district purchases a variety of products and services.
Q: Is M/WBE a government set-aside program? Does it take business away from majority-owned businesses?
A: No, the district does not have a set-aside program, but actively seeks opportunities to utilize M/WBEs.
Q: What is the purpose of an Availability & Disparity Study (A&D)?A: The A&D Study provides a legal foundation for race-based preference programs, such as the district's M/WBE Program. In accordance with the Supreme Court's ruling under the City of Richmond v. J.A. Croson, 48 U.S. 469, M/WBE Programs are highly commendable for their efforts to increase M/WBE utilization. However, they must be implemented in a constitutional manner. The A&D Study will provide the foundation for a "legally defensible" M/WBE Program.