The Office of Supplier Diversity oversees certification, compliance, training, outreach and capacity building for the City of Mobile Equal Business Opportunity Programs. Anchored by the State and Local Disadvantaged Business Certification Program, the City's Equal Business Opportunity programs are designed to identify disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE), service-disabled veteran owned, woman owned business (WBE) and small businesses (SBE) according to discrete certification standards, and then to mitigate the effects of past and present social-disadvantage and economic-disadvantage by increasing the opportunity of DBEs in the procurement of goods and services by the City of Mobile.
The Office of Supplier Diversity does not employ set-asides for DBEs or promote the hiring of DBE firms that do not perform a commercially useful function. Instead, the office supports plans that allow DBE firms to receive their fair share of procurement opportunities based on their availability, competency, capacity and willingness to work with the City of Mobile. The office promotes strategies that foster an environment where prime contractors and DBE firms can form joint ventures, teaming agreements and mentor-protégé relationships to bid and perform successfully on City contracts when needed.
The Office of Supplier Diversity exists to help DBEs overcome challenges. The programs and services provided through the Office of Supplier Diversity are a direct response by the City of Mobile to help DBE firms overcome challenges while helping to build a better Mobile.