The city of Madison is conducting a study to find out if companies owned by minorities or women are at a disadvantage when trying to win public works contracts and subcontracts awarded by the city.
The disparity study will entail interviews with representatives of hundreds businesses, trade associations and other groups, according to a city news release. A study team is to put the results of those interviews before the public in early 2015 and then hold a series of forums to collect additional comments.
If disadvantages are found, the team will discuss ways to increase opportunities for businesses owned by minorities and women, according to the release. The study will help city officials find out if Madison’s Small Business Enterprise Program is serving its intended purpose, according to the release.
To provide comments or for more information about the study, call 608-441-5110 or go to www.cityofmadison.com/madisoncontractingstudy.