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M/W/DSBE Participation

OEO Registry

The City's Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) offers a Registry program, to promote and foster the growth of minority, women, and disabled-owned businesses (M/W/DSBEs). Companies certified by OEO recognized certification agencies can benefit from PWD’s economic inclusion efforts. Get registered today.
Philadelphia Water is committed to recruiting, preparing and maintaining a reserve of local, small and disadvantaged businesses with capacities and skill sets conducive to their participation as contractors and/or subcontractors on all our projects.

Many PWD contracts place a focus on increasing opportunities for minority, women, and disabled-owned businesses enterprises (M/W/DSBEs) to participate in PWD projects.

  • Philadelphia Water has developed a long-term, integrative plan to engage local, small, and disadvantaged businesses and residents to increase their participation as contractors and/or subcontractors on all of our projects.
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  • The City’s Procurement Department has put together a Vendor Guide to help contractors understand the bidding process.
  • You can learn how to become a City contractor and find City business opportunities through the Procurement Department and eContract Philly
  • M/W/DSBE businesses can take advantage of being listed in an Online Directory of Certified Businesses -- a great tool for marketing to potential contract partners, who will see them when they search the directory.
  • In addition, the Procurement Department offers Local Owned Business Enterprise (LBE) certification. This certification offers incentives while bidding on City contracts. If you are a locally-based firm, apply to be certified.
The Procurement Department’s Bid Announcement System notifies vendors of upcoming Bid opportunities to the registered vendor’s email address. Learn More:

Take Part Newsletter

Our Take Part! Contractor Newsletter details what you need to know about upcoming PWD construction projects. Sign up to receive email updates including our quarterly newsletter.

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OEO Registry

The City's Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) offers a Registry program, to promote and foster the growth of minority, women, and disabled-owned businesses (M/W/DSBEs). Companies certified by OEO recognized certification agencies can benefit from PWD’s economic inclusion efforts. Get registered today.