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Executive Order for Equity in Public Contracting

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Do you wish it was easier for small and diverse businesses to get work from Washington State agencies?

Do you think state agencies need to improve their contracting practices?

Do you want to see WA state spending become more equitable?


If you answered YES to any of these questions – We are looking for your feedback!

We are seeking feedback on a new Executive Order from the Governor’s Subcabinet on Business Diversity. The focus is Equity in Public Contracting. We know there are inequities and barriers to participation in public contracting, as evidenced by the 2019 Washington State Disparity Study. In many cases, minority- and women-owned businesses have been excluded.

This is something we want to change.

We need input from business owners and entrepreneurs that have been historically underutilized to guide our efforts in the right direction. Your comments are essential to the success of this executive order. Please provide feedback in one of two ways.

How to Provide Feedback

OMWBE is hosting three virtual listening sessions throughout the month of September. Each session is a chance for you to speak up and share your thoughts. We will collect your feedback and use it to develop the final Executive Order to be announced by the Governor’s Office in the coming months.

Virtual Listening Session Schedule (Zoom)

  • Wednesday Sept. 15th (9:00am – 10:30am)
  • Saturday Sept. 18th (12:00pm – 1:30pm) 
  • Monday Sept. 20th (6:00pm – 7:30pm)

Register Now

Please take some time to review the Draft Executive Order before attending the listening sessions. This will allow us to dedicate as much time as possible to your feedback.

Download the Draft Executive Order in Word or PDF format.

Send Feedback by Email

We will be accepting feedback on the Draft Executive Order until October 15th.

Please provide your comments by email, or by using track changes in Word and emailing your feedback to diversitysubcabinet@omwbe.wa.gov.