BCPS in the News


Friday, May 05, 2017
Small, Minority and Women-Owned Businesses Offered Assistance to Secure Contracts

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) invites local businesses to attend a business outreach event on May 8, 2017, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Urban League of Broward County, 560 NW 27th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33311. 
The event provides an overview of the District’s new Supplier Diversity Outreach Program Policy 3330 and a 2017 Procurement Opportunities Forecast. It is designed for all businesses in the tri-county area interested in doing business with BCPS and is free to attend.  Refreshments will be provided for attendees.
The purpose of the event, hosted by the District’s Procurement and Warehousing Services Department – Supplier Diversity and Outreach Program, is to unveil the new Supplier Diversity Outreach Program and provide detailed information on how local businesses can learn more about opportunities to provide products and services to the District. Business owners will also be able to speak directly with key BCPS staff about upcoming business opportunities.
“The Broward County School Board is keeping its promise to promote supplier diversity and ensure equal opportunities for local small, minority and women-owned businesses to provide products and services to BCPS,” said Mary Coker, director, Procurement and Warehousing Services Department. “We are ensuring that there is a fair and balanced bidding environment and we are eager to help vendors with the process.”
Register to attend the event at bcpsprocurement17.eventbrite.com or contact The Mosaic Group at events@upscalebymosaic.com or 561-651-9565. For more information about the Supplier Diversity Outreach Program, call 754-321-0505 or visit browardschools.com/sdop.
The Supplier Diversity Outreach Program builds capacity in the local business community by providing increased opportunities for underutilized businesses to work with BCPS, generates growth among local businesses by providing increased preferences to small/minority/women-owned business enterprises, and creates jobs and career opportunities for local residents.
The adoption of the new Supplier Diversity Outreach Program followed a disparity study, completed in 2015, that identified barriers and various forms of marketplace discrimination that weakened the participation of minority and women-owned businesses.  The new policy, approved on January 18, 2017, takes effect on July 1, 2017. 
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 271,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 236 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 100 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 208 different countries and 181 different languages. To learn more, visit browardschools.com. Follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.