Advocate for the State of Delaware’s supplier diversity initiatives;
Offer training and information on the tools necessary for successfully doing business with the State of Delaware as a minority and/or women business enterprise, a veteran-owned business enterprise, a business owned by Individuals with Disabilities, and the businesses eligible for the Small Business Focus Program;
Help maximize supplier diversity among the State agencies, and help increase contracting opportunities for qualified minority, women, veteran-owned business enterprises, businesses owned by Individuals with Disabilities, and the businesses eligible for the Small Business Focus Program;
Develop criteria for evaluation of supplier diversity initiatives pursuant to this Executive Order;
Identify potential impediments, if any, concerning supplier diversity within State government, and develop strategies to eliminate these impediments, including the elimination of impediments that limit all supplier diversity businesses from participating in contracting opportunities;
As the Council has done and will continue to do for minority, women and veteran owned business enterprises, evaluate how to best serve businesses owned by Individuals with Disabilities in the State of Delaware, and the businesses eligible for the Small Business Focus Program including but not limited to evaluation of:
a definition of businesses owned by Individuals with Disabilities and/or whether certification or other identification of businesses owned by Individuals with Disabilities is achievable and advisable;
how the Office of Supplier might assist businesses owned by Individuals with Disabilities;
how the State might report contracts awarded to businesses owned by Individuals with Disabilities in a manner similar to its disclosure for minority, women and/or veteran owned businesses; and
how Executive Branch Agencies might assist businesses owned by Individuals with Disabilities;
Develop and implement a Small Business Focus program. The goals of the Small Business Focus program are to increase opportunity for small businesses to participate in state procurement by:
creating a Small Business Focus Program Registry;
measuring and analyzing spend on current and future procurement with the businesses eligible for the Small Business Focus Program; and
revising agency Supplier Diversity Plans to direct State Agencies to access the Small Business Focus Program Registry when making under threshold procurements; and
providing advice and recommendations to the Governor concerning supplier diversity strategies.
The Delaware Division of Small Business, part of the Delaware Department of State, is a service-focused agency committed to supporting businesses starting and growing in Delaware. Small businesses can reach out to the Division for assistance in connecting to the resources and advice to succeed. The Division is a champion for Delaware small businesses and is here to help take companies to the next level.