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Minority Business Enterprise Program

Upcoming PTAC/ LFUCG Workshops:

July 26th - How to Maximize TSMSDC MBE Certification to Grow Your Business      10am-12pm

August 23rd - Certification as a Growth Strategy 2pm - 4pm

 

 2015 MBE Brochure


Vendor Information Form

Tier II Supplier Subcontractor Reporting Form

MWBE Monthly Reporting Form

Kentucky Transportation
Cabinet DBE Listings

Commonwealth of Kentucky List of Certified Minority and Women Business Enterprises

Tri-State Minority Supplier Diversity Council (TSMSDC)

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 8a Certification Program

Women’s National Business Enterprise Council (WBENC)

LFUCG Certified List

MBE Program FAQ's


Photo Galleries:
Lexington Minority and Women Contractor Training Program Graduation 04-05-2016 - Photo Gallery

LFUCG Minority and Women Business Connection (Page Under Construction) 

Certification Info:
LFUCG Certification Requirements

LFUCG Recommended Certifications 


News:

2016 Minority and Women Contractor Training Program Graduates  

14th Annual Lexington Bluegrass Minority Business Expo

Interviews about the MBE Program -- (Page Under Construction)

Past Success Stories:

Abbie Jones Consulting Mtani Catering

Links to other Organizations that Support Minority Business Development

Past Testimonials - Minority and Women Contractor Training Program Video

 LFUCG Division of Central Purchasing

The LFUCG Division of Central Purchasing processes approximately 300 contracts, quotes, bids and requests for proposals each year. Every purchase the city makes, from paper clips to major construction projects, flows through this department.

What do we buy? How do we buy?

  • Pro Cards Up to $1,000 in restricted purchases, limits vary by division
  • Division Purchases LFUCG Divisions can make purchases totaling $1,000 to $10,000 with three informal quotes and approval by the Division of Central Purchasing 
  • Formal Quotes Purchases from $10,000 to $20,000 for commodities and services are posted on the LFUCG Economic Engine Marketplace 
  • Bids $20,000 and up for commodities and services, bids are advertised in the paper and posted on the LFUCG Economic Engine Marketplace 
  • Requests for Proposals (RFP)--$25,000 and above for professional services such as attorney fees, engineering services, consultants, project managers etc. Bids are advertised in the newspaper and posted on the LFUCG Economic Engine Marketplace

Disadvantaged Business and Veteran -Owned Small Business Goal Plans

The LFUCG Urban County Council adopted and implemented Resolution 167-91 in July 1991. The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Ten Percent Goal Plan was established to increase the participation of minority and woman owned businesses in the construction and professional services contracts. The goal was established to develop an inclusive procurement process that uses a diverse pool of vendors for the equitable distribution of government spending.

In addition, the administration set the wheels in motion to extend that resolution by asking each division to also strive for a 10 percent goal in procurement. A full time Minority Business Enterprise Liaison was hired on April 1, 2010.

Later, the LFUCG Urban County Council adopted and implemented Resolution 319-2015 in July 2015 for Certified Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses. The Three Percent Goal Plan is to establish the participation of Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and Service Disabled Veteran- Owned Businesses in construction and professional services contracts.

MinoritiesInConstruction2LFUCG Division Purchasing Liaison Council

LFUCG has over 50 divisions that make direct purchases of commodities and services using pro-cards, purchase orders and informal quotes. Each division has one or several purchasing liaisons. Each month these liaisons meet with the Minority Business Enterprise Liaison to discuss how to reach their individual and collective goals.

Contact us and we will connect you to the division purchasing liaisons that purchase your services or commodities.

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The Minority Business Enterprise Program

The mission of the Minority Business Enterprise Program is to facilitate the full participation of minority and women owned businesses in the procurement process and to promote economic inclusion as a business imperative essential to the long term growth and economic viability of Lexington and Fayette County.

The Minority Business Enterprise Program includes:

  • Online bid opportunities specifically tailored to your services
  • Classes on the LFUCG procurement process
  • Invitations to networking events and conferences relevant to your business
  • Referrals for business development and small business loans
  • Assistance with certification, pre-qualifying, insurance and bonding
  • Individual appointments on request

Click here for a printable brochure about the Minority Business Enterprise Program

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Minority Business Enterprise Defined

For our purposes, a minority business enterprise is a business that

  • Is fifty-one percent or more owned, controlled, operated and managed by a minority or woman with U.S. or permanent citizenship
  • Belongs to one of the following minority groups
    • African-American
    • Hispanic-American
    • Asian-American/Pacific Islander
    • Native-American/Native Alaskan
    • Non-Minority Female

Veteran -Owned Small Business Defined

A Veteran-Owned Small Business or a Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Business is a business that

  • Is fifty -one percent or more owned, controlled, operated and managed by a veteran or a service-disabled veteran who served on active duty with the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines or Coast Guard.
  • Is certified by the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) through the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).

Current Bids, Quotes, RFPs

Click here to visit the LFUCG Economic Engine Marketplace listing of our current bids, quotes and RFPs

MinoritiesInConstructionLFUCG Economic Engine Marketplace

The LFUCG Economic Engine Marketplace is the best tool we have to communicate with vendors on a regular basis.

Please register your company at https://lfucg.economicengine.com

After you are registered, your company will be added to our data base. You will begin receiving invitations to bid on commodities or services directly related to your business.

If you have registration questions, please contact customer support at 1-866-526-0598.

Certification Requirements for Minority, Women and Veteran Owned Businesses

Effective December 31, 2010 all minority and women owned businesses interested in doing business with LFUCG will have to be certified by a credible and recognized certifying agency.

Certification is a review process designed to ensure that all minority and women owned businesses are:

  1. Fifty-one percent or more owned, controlled, operated and managed by a minority or woman with U.S. or permanent citizenship
  2. For our purposes, minority categories are:
    1. African-American
    2. Hispanic-American
    3. Asian-American/Pacific Islander
    4. Native-American/ Native Alaskan
    5. Non-Minority Female

Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses interested in doing business with LFUCG must be certified by the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) through the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).

The certification process varies by certifying entity. General requirements include the submission of an application, financial documents and a site visit to be conducted by the certifying agency.

Benefits of Certification

  • Large companies and most governmental entities prefer doing business with certified  businesses. 
  • It is required on most state and federal bids. 
  • Many certifying agencies also provide;
    • networking opportunities,
    • small business development,
    • conferences and connections to many other entities looking for certified MWBE's.
Last updated: 7/25/2016 9:30:48 AM