State law requires the Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) to annually report spending by state agencies and educational institutions with certified minority- and women-owned businesses. OMWBE also reports state agency and educational institution spending with veteran-owned firms certified by the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).
Additionally, state agencies and educational institutions are required by State law to adopt plans to increase the participation of certified minority- and women-owned businesses.
Governor Inslee’s strategic framework, Results Washington, includes a 2017 goal to increase state agency and educational institution utilization of certified small businesses in contracts and procurement to the following percentages:
- Minority-owned businesses: 10%
- Women-owned businesses: 6%
- Veteran-owned businesses: 5%
Fiscal Year 2016 data
Individual agency and educational institution reports:
FY 2016 dollars spent with certified firms as % of all eligible spend*
|Type of Certified Business||State Agencies||Educational Institutions||State Agencies and Educational Institutions Combined||Results Washington Goal, by 2017|
|Minority-Owned Certified Businesses**||2.45%||0.74%||1.65%||10%|
|Women-Owned Certified Businesses||1.97%||0.38%||1.23%||6%|
A note about the data: The information does not include payments made via a state purchasing card (P-Card).
*Click here for a description of what composes eligible spend.
**Includes businesses owned by a minority woman and by a minority male and a female.