City-County Council passes proposal for equal opportunities for small and diverse business owners

Proposal 231 increases the employment of minority, women, veteran and disabled-owned businesses.

INDIANAPOLIS — In a 20-5 vote, the City-County Council passed a proposal Monday to ensure certain businesses would have equal opportunities to bid on city contracts.

Proposal 231 increases the employment of minority, women, veteran and disabled-owned businesses.  

“We want everyone to be intentional about our small and diverse businesses here in our city,” said Camille Blunt, director of the Office of Minority and Women Business Development. 

Businesses will be better equipped to apply for city contracts through more education, training and business assistance programs. A contractor must also show proof they gave businesses an opportunity to bid on a project. 

“If an individual bids on a job for the city of Indianapolis, they may say I’m using these three businesses, and when they get to the jobsite, they’re no longer using those three businesses. There was very

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