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Overview of the Washington State Business Diversity Subcabinet

Mission

Governor Inslee created the Washington State Business Diversity Subcabinet to increase access to contracting opportunities for small, minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses with Washington state government.

At issue

Washington’s diversity is one of its greatest economic and cultural strengths, yet for good and services contracts and public works projects only 2.8 percent of the more than $6 billion that the state spends with the private sector is with small businesses owned by women, minorities or veterans.

Ensuring these businesses have contracting opportunities also gives state government access to a wider array of business solutions, helps drive innovation and strengthens economic growth.

Successful small businesses led by minorities, women and veterans help make our economy and our families more resilient – strengthening our communities and improving the quality of life for all Washingtonians.

Action Plan

The Subcabinet is working to carry out a comprehensive action plan for sustainable results.

See the January 2018 Report on Progress and Next Steps