Equal Business Opportunity

Fiscal Year 2022 Operating and Capital Budget

Equal Business Opportunity

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Department Finance Information

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VISION AND MISSION:

The vision of Equal Business Opportunity (EBO) is to ensure vendors who are awarded contracts promote equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all aspects of Tampa Bay community life. The mission is to promote the economic development of Small Local Business Enterprises (SLBE), Women and Minority Business Enterprises (WMBE), Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Business Enterprises (LGBTBE), Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) by assuring equal business opportunity, diverse workforce utilization, and equity in procurement.


GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:

EBO’s goals are to maintain effectual relations with Purchasing, Contract Administration, line departments, and public/private agency partners and to facilitate early identification of contracting opportunities to yield more diverse SLBE/WMBE/LGBTBE/SDVOSB/VOSB procurements. EBO strives to accomplish its goals through the following objectives:

  • Identify economic opportunities in City contracting
  • Create sustainable initiatives relevant to Tampa’s market
  • Structure competitive business opportunities commensurate with the availability and capacity of certified firms in the market
  • Establish specifications to attain supplier-diversity inclusion
  • Maximize utilization of WMBE's, SLBE's, LGBTBE's, SDVOSB's and VOSB's in contracts by facilitating access to ITB, RFP, RFQ, RFA solicitations
  • Measure achievement using EBO regulatory standards and audits
  • Reinforce certification and outreach to foster economic resiliency
  • Engaging in supplier diversity best practices that effectively address key challenges for WMBEs/SLBEs/LGBTBEs/SDVOSBs/VOSBs;
  • Targeted recruitment of eligible SLBE’s, WMBE’s, LGBTBE’s, SDVOSB's and VOSB's through outreach, classes, and workshops;
  • Implementing policy initiatives to highlight the importance, benefits, and successes of the City’s programs;
  • Continued integration of technology to track all SLBE/WMBE/LGBTBE/SDVOSB/VOSB participation relative to awards and payments;
  • Developing business processes and procedures for compliance with City Code of Ordinance in response to directives for Equal Business Opportunity/Economic Development programs;
  • Ensuring data collection is performed and contracts are monitored to produce reliable data and credible reports for policy formulation through the Diversity Management Information System (DMI); and
  • Analyzing department procurement activity/budgets for sheltered market and subcontract goal opportunities.

CURRENT OPERATIONS AND INITIATIVES:

EBO facilitates vendor compliance with City contracting policies by implementing and managing diversity software applications and DMI Business Practices. DMI governs the business process for tracking, collecting, and reporting contract award activity pursuant to City code. A paradigm shift in EBO operating requirements that form the basis of SLBE/WMBE/LGBTBE/SDVOSB/VOSB program methodology is on-going under DMI rules and disparity analysis. The EBO citywide data management integrates software and enterprise data providing analytical tools and metrics to report expenditures of all contracts, including SLBE, WMBE, LGBTBE, SDVOSB and VOSB at both the prime and subcontracting participation levels. EBO is responsible for developing policies and procedures to comply with the Equal Business Opportunity Ordinance. EBO initiatives to accomplish economic development objectives for inclusion of WMBE’s/SLBE’s/LGBTBE’s/SDVOSB's/VOSB's are achieved with input by internal/external stakeholders and the Equal Business Opportunity Advisory Committee. Pursuant to contract activity reports, narrowly tailored WMBE/SLBE initiatives are in effect to address under-utilized business groups.

Department Performance Measures

PERFORMANCE CHART STORY: https://stories.opengov.com/tampa/published/DOJeKEpyt

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EBO Eligible Participation


Eligible EBO Participation represents the procurement opportunity spend available to WMBEs/SLBEs/LGBTBEs/SDVOSBs/VOSBs in each category. This report summarizes Eligible EBO Participation via agenda resolutions for current fiscal year.


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EBO Realized Participation


Realized EBO Participation represents the procurement opportunity spend used by WMBEs/SLBEs/LGBTBEs/SDVOSBs/VOSBs in each category. This report summarizes Eligible EBO Participation via agenda resolutions for current fiscal year.


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Operating Budget Analysis

Revenues earned by this General Fund department do not fully fund the department’s operations. General revenues provide the remaining funding.


Personnel Expenses increase from Revised FY2021 is due to increases in salaries, pension contributions, and healthcare costs. Operating Expenses decrease from Revised FY2021 is due to decreases in contractual services.

Total Budget

Budgeted Position Counts