Local governments are big buyers. Here in the U.S., our state and city governments collectively spend 1.6 trillion dollars per year. But for too long, how and with whom our local governments spend their money has reinforced economic inequities in our country. Minority-owned small businesses have been historically locked out of opportunities to contract with governments, and the current crisis has disproportionately impacted these very enterprises.
In The Aspen Institute’s new report, “A Procurement Path to Equity: Strategies for Government and the Business Ecosystem,” we collaborated with the Opening Contract Partnership and consulted 35 experts in our community to propose essential, game-changing solutions that could reshape our procurement systems.
This webinar discusses how we can collectively break down systemic barriers to economic inclusion for minority-owned businesses.