The city of St. Petersburg has launched a business survey to understand the challenges faced by minority and women-owned businesses.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL ‘ City challenges faced by minority and women-owned business enterprises are a focus in the city of St. Petersburg’s disparity study launched Monday.
The purpose of this study is to determine if a statistical disparity exists in the award of the city’s contracts to ready, willing, and able market area minority and women business enterprises, the city said.
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Mason Tillman Associates, Ltd., a national expert in conducting disparity studies, was hired by the city to review the city’s contract records, identify market area businesses and collect anecdotal accounts from business owners.
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