Publish annually an agency-by-agency overview of SBE spending availability and website (CBEconnect.dc.gov) that provides an online platform for SBEs to search for opportunities and expand use of a new mobile application that enables companies to identify IT procurement opportunities.
November 2019: Mayor Bowser released the FY2020 SBE Opportunity Guide (Green Book) with a $910 million small business spending goal for District Government agencies. Read more here. The opportunities are available online at CBE Connect. A roadmap to navigate the book and associated contracting resources are available at DC Business Toolkit.
CBE Connect upgraded to integrate with the Contracts and Procurement Transparency Portal. The portal (contracts.ocp.dc.gov) is the public clearinghouse for all information related to the District Government’s contracting and procurement efforts. Businesses can use filters and robust search capabilities to find data related to contracts, purchase orders, payments, solicitations, and forecasts.
New reports on FY19 Capital and Operating Budget Special Exceptions also included on cbeconnect.dc.gov for guiding potential FY20 SBE growth areas.
November 2018: FY19 Green Book was released. Mayor Bowser announced a $188 million increase to District small business spending goals in FY19.
December 2017: Mayor Bowser announced FY18 Small Business Enterprise (SBE) goal and the FY18 Green Book. The Green Book helps SBEs navigate the local government procurement process by providing an agency-by-agency overview of SBE spending availability, and the online platform cbeconnect.dc.gov allows SBEs to search for opportunities in real time. In FY18, Mayor Bowser committed to spending $656 million, or 50 percent of the expendable budget, with SBEs. In FY17, the Administration committed to spend $564 million with SBEs and surpassed that goal by spending more than $743 million with SBEs – more than any previous year.
- Timeline: in-progress
- Lead and key partners: Dept. of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO)
- Related core sectors: all
- Related opportunity areas: smart cities and civic solutions, impact economy
- Related action areas: funding, business environment, DC identity and promotion