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Contracting for Equity with Metro Business Assistance

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“Do you know what Chuck Berry said?”

One of my favorite movies is Ocean’s Thirteen.

In an iconic scene, Don Cheadle’s character asks casino boss Al Pacino,

 “Do you know what Chuck Berry said every night before he sang one, two, three, four?” 

A clearly perplexed Pacino is silent until Cheadle—counting down his four fingers as he goes—replies,

 “Pay me my money…in cash!”

I’ve worked in government contracting for 20 years.

I could talk for hours about equity and the responsibility we have to ensure a fair purchasing process.

I could cure your insomnia with facts and figures about supplier diversity and the importance of certification.

I could tell you how, statistically speaking, doing business with metro leads to more opportunities in the private sector.  

But in 20 years of working with Nashville’s entrepreneurs, I’ve learned you prefer a more direct approach.

So why should you care about doing business with Metro Government? Or Metro’s minority business programs? Or becoming a certified as a women-owned enterprise?

Like Chuck Berry said…pay me my money.

Last year, Metro Government purchased approximately $832,000,000 of goods and services. That’s 832 million very good reasons to care about government contracts. Not sure how to get started? That’s ok! Sign-up for one of our “Getting Government Contracts” classes offered on January 31st, April 16th or May 7th.

Metro Government has spent more than $450,000,000 with small, minority and women-owned enterprises over the last decade. That’s 450 million reasons to care about minority business programs. Upcoming changes to these programs will affect both minority and non-minority contractors. Want to know how you can make these changes work for your business? Sign-up for Contracting for Equity: Understanding Metro Government’s Minority Business Programs” offered on February 12th.

Around 10 percent or approximately $82.5 million of our total procurement spending last year was with small, minority or women-owned businesses. Do I even need to say it? A key aspect of doing business with Metro Government is getting your business certified. For women-owned businesses, one certifying entity is the Women’s Business Enterprise Council-South (WBEC). Join our Business Assistance Office and WBEC-South on March 7th (the eve of International Women’s Day, appropriately enough) forLunch & Learn: The Benefits of Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification,” to find out why certification is such a valuable tool for government contracting.

The Metro Business Assistance Office is excited to collaborate with Nashville Community Education, Griffen & Strong, PC and WBEC-South to bring you these capacity building opportunities. We hope you’ll take advantage of them and look forward to seeing you in the classroom!

Written by instructor: Michelle Hernandez Lane, Class: Contracting for Equity: Understanding Metro Government’s Minority Business Programs”; “Lunch & Learn: The Benefits of Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification”; “Getting Government Contracts: How Your Company Can Do Business with Metro Nashville”