Department of Minority, Women and
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
In 1981, the Allegheny County Commissioners established a County-wide Minority Business Enterprise Program because they recognized that minority and woman business enterprises (MBEs and WBEs) had not participated in County contracts for supplies and services to the extent that was desirable. The Commissioners also recognized that there were certain impediments to achieving greater participation.
The objective of the program is to ensure that MBEs, WBEs and DBEs (disadvantaged business enterprises) are given the maximum opportunity to obtain and perform on contracts. In order to accomplish and monitor this effort, goals have been established for all contracts and other business activities entered into by Allegheny County having overall goals of 13% for MBEs and 2% for WBEs. These goals remain in effect throughout the life of each contract.
Allegheny County expects all bidders and proposers to demonstrate a good faith effort to include MBEs, WBEs and DBEs when bidding on County contracts. A good faith effort is defined in the Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR 26).
An M/W/DBE participation waiver request is necessary if the M/W/DBE goals are not completely met for a County contract. An M/W/DBE participation waiver request must include the following:
- A detailed account of good faith efforts made;
- A detailed explanation of the bidder’s/proposer’s normal business practice;
- An operation and/or inventory profile;
- An active company subcontractor/supplier diversity plan/policy.
Allegheny County is a certifying participant in the Pennsylvania Unified Certification Program (PA UCP). PA UCP-certified M/W/DBEs can be found through the PA UCP website. Other certifications, such as through the State of Pennsylvania Department of General Services, may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
The Allegheny County Department of M/W/DBE provides certification as a Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, to qualifying firms. All prospective M/W/DBE firms wishing to participate in the Allegheny County M/W/DBE Program must be certified with Allegheny County.
For information on the M/W/DBE Program, M/W/DBE Certification and how to obtain business with Allegheny County, or for assistance in navigating the PA UCP website, contact the Allegheny County Department of Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise at (412) 350-4309.
Companies are certified by MBE/WBE/DBE purposes to provide specific commodities or services.
Certification may not be applicable for other purposes.