Dallas Independent School District (DISD) – M/WBE department with new initiatives for Minority Owned Businesses!!!
The Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD) believes in the growth of Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises and supports programming to increase their participation in Dallas ISD’s procurement process. The M/WBE Advisory Committee is one of the district’s primary programs to support this initiative.
The 27 member committee is made up of a diverse group of subject matter experts representing Dallas ISD stakeholders, public entities, chambers of commerce and most importantly, business owners. Members of the committee are nominated by stakeholders and approved by Dallas ISD’s Board of Trustees.
Participants meet every other month to discuss topics such as the district’s M/WBE evaluation scoring criteria, joint venture analysis, and marketing strategies to increase the number of qualified M/WBEs competing for Dallas ISD solicitations. Additionally, the M/WBE Advisory Committee coordinates workshops, surveys and other programs that enhance the success of business enterprises. The implementation of the sanction policy for Dallas ISD solicitations is yet another accomplishment of this committee.
Another major undertaking of the committee is the development of the Dallas Alliance Business Coaching Program. This sub-program aims to stimulate the growth of disadvantaged, minority and women-owned businesses through education, business development, training, and meaningful participation in business opportunities. The mentor- protégé program has been in place for 10 years, but 2011 is the first year in which a business coaching component has been added to provide entrepreneurs with additional business support.
With a 20 year history, the M/WBE Advisory Committee continues to fulfill its primary objective of supporting and complimenting the District’s M/WBE initiatives. The members of the committee volunteer their time to suggest, implement and monitor programs which will help in the economic growth of our communities and the education of our children.
To learn how you can get involved, contact the district’s M/WBE Department at 972-925-4140.