OFFICE OF EQUITY

Business Diversity

The Business Inclusion team serves as the liaison between small businesses, particularly those owned by minorities (MBE), women (WBE) and disadvantaged groups (DBE), and the City of Pittsburgh to promote access to government contract opportunities. They can connect businesses looking to become DBE-certified with resources and help all DBEs navigate government and procurement processes. ​

In 2019, the team received the national Living Cities/City Accelerator grant in partnership with the Procurement division to assist in diversifying the businesses that respond to and are awarded government contracts. They also completed the Equity Indicators Report from RAND. The team continues to work with local stakeholders to address inequalities highlighted in the report.

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Our Work

DBE – Disadvantaged Business Enterprise. The Business Inclusion team works for all businesses owned by a socially or economically disadvantaged people to have fair access and opportunity to compete for contracts.


MBE – Minority-Owned Business Enterprise. A certification for companies owned by an individual or majority who are ethnic minorities.


WBE – Women-Owned Business Enterprise. A certification for companies owned by an individual or majority who idenfies as a woman.​


EORC - Equal Opportunity Review Commission. Business Inclusion serves as the administrative liaison for EORC. EORC is a commission of citizens that reviews all applicable construction contracts and professional service contracts for compliance with the City of Pittsburgh's policies regarding minority and women business enterprises. It also develops policies regarding employment opportunities for minorities and women in contracting with the City of Pittsburgh and its authorities.​


Beacon – City of Procurement Platform. All City of Pittsburgh bidding opportunities are listed on this site. Businesses and contractors can sign up for email notifications for relevant business opportunities so they don't miss them and submit, review and view awarded bids electronically. ​


Buying Plan - Released in 2020, this document provides a full list of contracting projects and business opportunities projected for the next four quarters from six local government agencies: City of Pittsburgh, Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Parking Authority, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, Sports and Exhibition Authority and the Urban Redevelopment Authority. This allows ample time for small businesses to plan proposals or partner with other MWBEs to bid together. ​


Paid Sick Leave – OBD manages the Paid Sick Leave guidelines. Per City of Pittsburgh ordinance, all employers with 15 or more employees are required to offer up to 40 hours of paid sick time per year, and those employing less than 15 employees 24 hours of paid sick time. The guidelines and additional information can be found here.