Miami-Dade and Broward Entities Collaborate on Digital Platform for Minority Small Business Owners to Leverage Government Contracts

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Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava discusses the South Florida Anchor Alliance during a press conference Wednesday, June 8, 2022. The alliance is committed to giving minority-run small businesses a better chance of landing government contracts.

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Minority small business owners in South Florida should have a better chance of securing lucrative government contracts thanks to the South Florida Anchor Alliance, a new collaboration between 19 local healthcare, education and government organizations.

They support the creation of a one-stop web portal that small business operators can use beginning in September to learn about and secure contracting opportunities with local, state and federal governments for their goods and services.

At a Wednesday press conference at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens unveiling the alliance’s technology-enabled procurement project, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and Miami County Mayor Broward, Michael Udine, expressed their strong support for the line-on-hold system.

Udine underscored Broward’s reliance on small contractors noting that the county purchased more than $245 million worth of goods and services last year from area small businesses. Levine Cava cited this alliance of the public and private sectors as an example of creating community wealth.

“I believe in local small businesses and I really believe in … technology, so that it becomes more affordable, easier and more transparent for small businesses to take advantage of these types of programs,” Udine said.

Black and brown small business owners have historically struggled to access government contracts to support their businesses, and have often seen large corporations walk away with the most lucrative government work.

Black businessman and Encompass CEO Marcell Hayward spoke at Wednesday’s press conference about the importance of businesses big and small working together to better support South Florida’s economy. .

“It is really important for us to think like a region and to combine our forces, our power and our resources at our disposal from a regional point of view to not only support our economy, but reinvest in our economy,” he said. -he declares.

The Health Foundation, a South Florida nonprofit, will provide $1.2 million to help alliance members launch the online portal. The group’s 10 flagship community stakeholders, including Miami-Dade County, Broward County and the University of Miami, among others, are pledging to purchase $8 billion worth of goods and services from small business owners. South Florida businesses through the new online platform. .

Health Foundation CEO Loreen Chant said small business operators in the region will be able to access the website and become part of a regional network, allowing them to share information and resources with larger businesses and organizations.

The 10 founding members of the alliance will share their vendor pool through the online portal, so small business owners can tap into contracts and resources that were previously unavailable to them. An algorithm that will be part of the web-based system will be able to connect each government contract opportunity with a small business owner based on the company information the small business owner shares with the network through the government’s online portal. ‘alliance.

This story was originally published June 8, 2022 6:58 p.m.

Michael Butler writes about the residential and commercial real estate industry and local housing market trends. Like Miami’s diverse population, Butler, a graduate of Temple University, has both local roots and Panamanian heritage.

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