A collegue of mine owns a construction company and has put in a bid for some of the infrustructure projects. He was told that to qualify he had to have up to 20% minority owned subcontractor biz(per project). He was at 12%, based on experience and cost before the higher % was released.
1) He was told White Women owned businesses DO NOT qualify in the same manner as a "minority" quota fullfillment.
2) Many Minority owned businesses have raised their rates. They are aware of the increase in quota for bids to minorities. Even the ones with less exp.
3) He had to pass up Experience in more than one area of the project.
4) 3 out of 5 of the vendors he is interviewing do not use, nor plan to use E-Verify (confirms legal to work in USA and insured)
Do you think the concerns for these Government projects should be cost and experienced? Or should cost and experienced be overlooked and the priority be to statisfy a quota?
When you are talking about building new bridges. Don't you want the MOST EXPERIENCED sub contractors? I am all for everyone getting ahead and a leg up. But I believe in hard work, experience and pricing your business competitively.
Now, I am trying to get confirmation of the white women owned businesses not qualifying. But my opinion is that the priority should be cost and experience. Especially when talking about use of taxpayer funds and important projects like bridges and roads. Go with EXPERIENCE and COST as the most important criteria.jmo
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 6:05 AM on Mar. 23, 2009
Answer by Mel.Ann.Choly at 6:06 AM on Mar. 23, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 7:58 AM on Mar. 23, 2009
Anon, thanks for the answer. Actually it's a collegue of mine. And yes, the woman as a minority had me questioning, what he was saying. After reading up a little today~What I think it is, the company can be minority owned, but the subcontractor has to have "so many" minority workers employed that meet the quota, in order to be eligible for Government Projects. .And union is looking as though it plays a big part in these government projects as well.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:04 AM on Mar. 23, 2009
Answer by akinbottom2 at 8:33 AM on Mar. 23, 2009
Answer by lovinangels at 8:56 AM on Mar. 23, 2009
Answer by LadyChamp at 9:33 AM on Mar. 23, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 10:09 AM on Mar. 23, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 11:23 AM on Mar. 23, 2009
Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 11:47 AM on Mar. 23, 2009
Next question overall
(Just for Fun)
Do you love the heated debates in the P& C section?