Small, Minority, and Women Owned Business Enterprise
(SMWBE) Program Policy
Bexar County is committed to increasing the involvement of Small, Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (SMWBEs) in the procurement process. It is the intent of the County to afford small, minority and women-owned businesses a fair opportunity to compete for all Bexar County contracts. Similarly, the County promotes SMWBE participation in its Tax Phase-in Program to support the growth and diversity of a regional economy.
Bexar County has established as a targeted goal that a minimum of 20% of all procurement dollars in the areas of Commodities, Equipment, Services, Maintenance and Construction are spent with minority and women-owned business enterprises, and a minimum of 30% of those procurement dollars are spent with small business enterprises. Procurement dollars spent with a MWBE that is also a SBE will be counted in both categories.
Administrative Policy 8.0 - SMWBE Program Policy
Administrative Policy 8.2 - states a DBE Program is necessary to provide guidance to Bexar County offices and departments and the general public.
The purpose of Administrative Policy 8.1 is to establish guidelines and accountability for the expenditure of taxpayer funds used to process goods and services used by the County departments and offices. The processes used to procure goods and services should always provide the best value for the County, while providing an open and fair process for vendors.
The purpose of the Bexar County Purchasing Manual is to provide County officials and employees with enough information to appropriately request the purchase of the goods and services needed for them to effectively perform the functions of their offices. It was developed to promote the use of good business practices in acquiring the goods and services Bexar County needs.
This manual identifies the procedures applicable to purchasing goods and services at Bexar County that are necessary to comply with Administrative Policy 8.1 which define purchasing-related activities and functions.
Funded Entities & Facilities:
Reports are provided to the County's SMWBE Program Office. The reports are reviewed by the County's SMWBE Program Advisory Committee and by Commissioners Court.
SMWBE Program Manager/DBE Liaison Phone: 210.335.2478