Alamo Colleges encourages the use of Small, Minority, and/or Women Owned Business Enterprises as herein below defined to assist in the implementation of this procedure through race, ethnicity, and gender-neutral means. The purpose of this program is to ensure that SMWBE’s are provided the maximum practicable opportunity to participate in all purchasing and contracting opportunities.
The SMWBE Program seeks to identify Small, Minority, and/or Women Owned Business and provides assistance on how to participate in the competitive bid process for all goods and services needed by the Alamo Colleges. Our objective is to increase business opportunities and to stimulate economic growth. The SMWBE Program assures that qualified, certified SMWBE vendors are considered and utilized in the procurement of all goods and services.
The SMWBE Program is conscious of its responsibility in expending public funds in a diverse and competitive market and maintains an open door policy with all potential suppliers. Purchasing transactions are completed without regard to race, color, disability (handicap), sex, religion, age, or national origin.
Certification Agency’s and Certification
SCTRCA - “South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (SCTRCA)” means the agency contracted with Alamo Colleges and other local public entities for certification of Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), Small Business Enterprise (SBEs) and/or Women-owned Business Enterprises (WBEs). The SCTRCA receives audits and certifies applications from said businesses in accordance with federal, state and local laws and regulations, as well as guidelines adopted by the SCTRCA Board of Directors, on behalf of Alamo Colleges.
HUB - “HUB Program” means the State of Texas HUB Program of the Texas Procurement and Support Services (TPASS) division of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. TPASS certifies HUB-eligible applicant suppliers and maintains a list of HUB-certified suppliers for Texas state agencies and governmental entities.
Commodity Codes - Agencies use the class-item numbering and descriptions found in this book to properly code products or services on their requisitions and purchases, so informal and formal invitations for bid will reach vendors that have indicated they are capable of furnishing the required materials, equipment, supplies, and services.
Bidders are encouraged to become familiar with the format and contents of this book as they apply to the Centralized Master Bidders List search and vendor profiling. It is extremely important to both agencies and potential bidders that bidder class-item selections are correct. The State of Texas encourages agencies to make the most efficient use of tax dollars and this includes judicious use of printing and postage for bid invitations.
C.1.5.2 Small, Minority, and Women Owned Business Enterprise (Procedure)
C.1.5 Purchasing and Acquisitions (Policy)
For more information contact:
Purchasing and Contract Administration at 210-485-0100.