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City Seeks Input from Area Businesses on Doing Business with The City
 
Tuesday, March 22, 2011                                                                                                                         
For Immediate Release               
 
Contact: Justine Gazzola
Phone: 704-336-2350                                                                                                                   
Cell: 704-315-3259                                                                                                                         
Email: jgazzola@charlottenc.gov
 
 
(Charlotte, N.C.) – As part of a disparity study, the City of Charlotte is holding a public hearing to receive testimony regarding minority and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBE) and non-M/WBE business owners’ experiences in doing business with or attempting to do business with the City of Charlotte and its contractors/service providers. The hearing will be:
 
Date: April 5, 2011
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center
                600 East 4th Street, Room 267
                Charlotte, NC 28202 
                *Parking is available at no charge in the Davidson Street deck adjacent to the Government Center.
 
Information the City is seeking includes, but is not limited to; whether or not firms face difficulties or barriers when bidding as prime contractors/service providers, subcontractors/sub consultants, or vendors; whether or not business owners believe they have been treated fairly or unfairly based on their race, ethnicity, or gender; whether or not prime contractors solicit, or fail to solicit, bids or price quotes from M/WBE firms on non-goal projects; and whether or not there is a level playing field for firms in access to capital, bonding, and insurance. Personal testimony will be limited to five minutes.
 
If you are not able to attend this public hearing to provide your testimony, you may submit a written testimony no later than April 19, 2011, to:
 
Ms. Vernetta Mitchell
MGT of America, Inc.
vmitchel@mgtamer.com  
Fax 850-385-4501
2123 Centre Pointe Blvd.
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
  
NOTICE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: Persons with disabilities who plan to participate in the public hearing and who may need auxiliary aids or services, such as interpreters for persons who are deaf or hearing impaired, readers, large print or Braille, or non-English speaking persons who may need assistance, are requested to contact Vernetta Mitchell at 704-531-4099 at least two (2) working days prior to the activity so that the appropriate arrangements may be made.
 

About the City of Charlotte Disparity Study
MGT of America, Inc., a nationally recognized consulting firm, is conducting a nine month study of the utilization of Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) for the City of Charlotte (City). The study, commonly referred to as a Disparity Study, will examine the process for attaining products and services for the City, the subcontracting practices of prime contractors/service providers who do business with the City, and data collected from a broad cross section of M/WBE and non-M/WBE firms.
 
The Disparity Study is necessitated in part by the 1989 U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the case of City of Richmond v. J.A. Croson that imposed legal requirements on jurisdictions to establish a “compelling interest” to support the establishment of a minority and women business program. The results of the study conducted by MGT of America, Inc. will determine if there is just cause to support the creation of a minority and women business program in the City of Charlotte.
 
Individuals or business owners can participate in one or more of the following activities. All activities will be made public and announced ahead of time via http://nbs.charlottenc.gov.  
  • Surveys of vendors
  • Personal interviews
  • Focus groups
  • Public hearings 

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