FAQ Table of Contents Who We Are... What We Do... What are MWBES and LDBS? What Services We Provide... OCPS Participation Standards... How to Become an OCPS Vendor... How We Can Help You... WHO WE ARE … The Office of Business Opportunity (OBO) serves to encourage the inclusion of women, minorities, and small businesses, within the local community, in the school district’s contracts for goods and services. By forming, fostering, and forging partnerships with minority-owned, women- owned and local developing businesses, OBO endeavors to support student achievement by building and maintaining relationships with the business community. OBO recognizes that purchasing goods and services from small, ethnically-diverse, or women-owned businesses enables everyone to get involved, improving the economic vitality of the Orlando area. ^Back to top WHAT WE DO… OBO actively seeks to identify MWBEs (Minority or Women Owned Business Enterprises) and LDBs (Local Developing Businesses) to become part of the district’s vendor database. OBO staff keeps MWBEs and LDBs informed of district contracts and maintains constant communication with the district’s procurement and contract administration departments. When MWBEs or LDBs are awarded contracts, the OBO contacts these vendors to ensure they are aware of the support services available to them through OBO. In addition, OBO staff works closely with vendors, prime contractors, architectural and engineering firms, and subcontractors to facilitate relationships between MWBEs, LDBs and larger firms. ^Back to top WHAT ARE MWBES AND LDBS? Minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) are firms owned (51 percent or more) by a woman or an African American, Asian, Hispanic or Native American. They must be certified as minority-owned or woman-owned by the State of Florida, Orange County, the City of Orlando, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, the Florida/National Minority Supplier Development Council (FMSDC/NMSDC). Local developing businesses (LDBs) must meet specific net worth and profit limitations and be located in Orange, Osceola, Lake, or Seminole County. For specifics on the limitations, please visit our Web site at http://www.facilities.ocps.net/ContractAdmin/BusinessOpportunityDept.htm. The OBO certifies LDB firms and recognizes LDB certification from the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. LDB applications can be found on the district’s Web site at http://www.facilities.ocps.net/ContractAdmin/BusinessOpportunityDept.htm. ^Back to top WHAT SERVICES WE PROVIDE… Identify MWBEs and LDBs who can provide products and services to the district Share information with potential vendors about the district’s procurement opportunities Meet with vendors to discuss procurement requirements Facilitate mentoring relationships between MWBE or LDB firms and larger companies Provide technical assistance to MWBEs and LDBs that are awarded contracts Report levels of MWBE and LDB participation for the procurement of goods, non- professional services, construction, and professional services ^Back to top OCPS PARTICIPATION STANDARDS… OCPS has established a standard that the district will spend the following percentages of contracted dollars with minority- and women-owned businesses. Construction Services and Materials 23% Professional Services (Architectural and Engineering) 15% Goods and Non-professional Services 12% OCPS has established the expectation that the district will spend the following percentages of contracted dollars with local developing businesses. Construction Services and Materials 10% Professional Services (Architectural and Engineering) 10% Goods and Non-professional Services 10% ^Back to top HOW TO BECOME AN OCPS VENDOR… Companies interested in becoming a vendor may obtain a vendor application from the district’s Procurement Website at http://www.procurement.ocps.net/pages/1.asp. Applications, along with a W-9 form, should be submitted to the Procurement Department’s address provided on the application. ^Back to top HOW WE CAN HELP YOU… Registering with the Office of Business Opportunity as an MWBE or LDB improves a firm’s likelihood of gaining knowledge about potential business opportunities with OCPS. Registered MWBE and LDB vendors and subcontractors also receive increased exposure to prime contractors. Developing relationships with these contractors increases the opportunity to secure business opportunities. ^Back to top Forming, forging, and fostering relationships with the vendor community. The School Board of Orange County, Florida does not discriminate in admission or access to or treatment or employment in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status, disability or any other reason prohibited by law. The Equal Opportunity supervisor responsible for compliance is Emma Newton, Chief Human Resources Officer, Human Resources & Labor Relations, and she may be contacted at the Educational Leadership Center, 445 W. Amelia Street, Orlando, Florida 32801, 407.317.3239.