Executive order to bolster female and minority entrepreneurs

Minority and women business owners in Boston should now be granted more fair and equitable opportunities when competing for City contracts due to Mayor Martin Walsh’s new executive order, according to a press release.

The order was announced last week with the City of Boston Economic Inclusion and Equity Agenda, which focuses on programs, policies, and initiatives that have been implemented by the Walsh administration to address racial and economic disparities in Boston.

“As Boston expands its footprint in the global economy, we are using the tools at our disposal to ensure that everyone in our city is included in this growth,” said Walsh, according to the press release. “Ensuring equal access across all modes of local government is more than a moral imperative—it is just the right thing to do. We must address economic inequities and build for a stronger and healthier Boston—a city that provides the same ladder of opportunity for all.”

The executive order sets spending goals for minority- and women-owned businesses competing in contracts in construction, architecture, engineering, and professional services. The order also requires that minority- and women-owned enterprises be offered training in order to successfully bid and perform on City contracts.

The “Equity and Inclusion Agenda” focuses on income and employment, wealth creation, business development, and economic mobility. The agenda echoes many of the recommendations from President Barack Obama’s initiative My Brother’s Keeper (MBK), which was nationally launched two years ago.

To access the agenda, visit: http://ow.ly/YHB6Z.

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