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Support for Small and Minority Business Opportunities Goes Virtual

Learn how to apply for County business encouragement programs at April 30 online workshop

Small and minority-owned businesses have a new way to learn about programs to help them provide goods and services to Hillsborough County. The County's first virtual Minority Certification with Hillsborough County workshop is scheduled for Thursday, April 30 at 10 a.m. Attendees can learn about eligibility requirements, documentation, and the process for submitting an application for certification with Hillsborough County. Interested businesses can register in advance at, under the Upcoming Events section.

Hillsborough County Disadvantaged Minority/Disadvantaged Women (DM/DWBE) and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Encouragement Programs are designed to provide special opportunities within County procurements to small businesses, and businesses owned by minorities and women. The programs benefit a broad range of businesses including construction, professional consultant services, and service contracts.

DM/DWBE certified and SBE registered companies have access to a full range of no-cost business development resources and one-on-one consulting to help their business grow. Additionally, capital construction projects valued at less than $500,000 may be set aside for bidding by SBE-qualifying firms. Various consulting service contracts also may be set aside for registered SBEs, and DM/DWBE goals are established for construction projects valued at $200,000 or more.