New initiative to review SMWBE utilization by local public sector agencies

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SAHCC) is embarking on an effort to evaluate public agencies for their support of, involvement with, and their execution of contracting practices with local, small, minority, and women-owned business enterprises (SMWBEs).

“Our Chamber is committed to making every effort possible to increase contracting opportunities for all small businesses, but especially those owned by minorities and women,”  said Patricia Pliego Stout, Chairman of the Hispanic Chamber.  “We look forward to working with all public agencies and companies in San Antonio who understand and appreciate the value of having a diversified vendor base, which mirrors the face of our community.”

The Hispanic Chamber led a citywide effort in 1988 to pass the city’s first small business ordinance to open new contracting opportunities for SMWBEs.

“With small business employing more than 80% of the workforce [LC1] in San Antonio, the Hispanic Chamber is working to make sure we serve the SMWBE community.  Stronger contracting with SMWBEs means a strong and vital San Antonio – everybody wins” said Ramiro Cavazos, President & CEO of the Hispanic Chamber.   

To advocate for the City and Local business progress in this area, the Hispanic Chamber will create a “scorecard” and summary of results report that will highlight the SMWBE contracting activity of the City’s major public agencies.  Within the next few days, a brief survey will be distributed to local public sector entities requesting information to include in the scorecard analysis.  The result will be summarized in an easy to read “best of” matrix format.

“This initiative represents one of several new actions to be announced that are designed to accelerate the growth and vitality of San Antonio’s emerging community of entrepreneurs offering quality products and services in vast industry sectors,” said Al Aguilar, 2015 Hispanic Chamber Chair-elect.

The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is San Antonio’s leading resource and advocate for SMWBEs, and provides premiere access to those markets.  Founded in 1929, the Hispanic Chamber’s mission has been and will continue to be helping small businesses grow, expand international trade, raise educational levels, develop new leaders, and represent the interests of the growing Hispanic and other locally owned and operated community businesses. 

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