Due to extremely cold conditions, the City is implementing special measures to keep people who are homeless safe. If you see someone who needs shelter, call (215) 232-1984.
In effect: 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21 to 9:00 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 23

Diversity, inclusion & immigration

Register as a minority, woman, disabled-owned business

The City of Philadelphia purchases products and services from hundreds of businesses every year. Our goal is diversity. Each year, the City aims to fulfill 35 percent of all contracts through minority, women, or disabled-owned enterprises (M/W/DSBEs).

Registering as an M/W/DSBE with the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) can provide your business with opportunities. Once certified and registered, M/W/DSBEs receive preference in the City contracting process.

Who

You must be a minority, woman, or disabled-owned business to register.

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How

There are steps to register.

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1
Get certified

The process of certification verifies your business as an M/W/DSBE. If you want to join the registry, you must first receive certification by one of the approved external agencies.

To qualify, your business must have at least 51 percent ownership by a minority, woman, or person with a disability.

Find a certification agency.

2
Join the registry

After receiving your certification, you can sign up for the Office of Economic Opportunity‘s registry.

To do this, go online and complete the application.

The application will take roughly 30 minutes. Once the online application is completed and approved, your company will receive a registration letter by email. This message will include:

  • A registration number.
  • North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code.
  • The date issued.
  • An expiration date.
3
Find contracting opportunities

Through the City’s procurement websites, you can locate opportunities for your business.

What website should I visit?

eContractPhilly: Personal and professional services
City’s Procurement website: Construction and related trades
City’s RFP website: For-profit and nonprofit contracting opportunities

Contracts valued at less than $34,000 are often posted to agency websites. Vendors can also find opportunities at bigideasphl.com.

If your business receives a City contract, you may be required to follow labor standards and wage regulations. More information is available through the Office of Labor Standards at the Mayor’s Office of Labor.


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