Minority-owned Businesses Play Important Part in UK Construction

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Updated: 6/11/2013 11:12 am
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Recently, Commerce Lexington Inc. officially launched its Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) initiative by announcing a major procurement through an innovative local partnership that will infuse millions into the coffers of local minority-owned businesses.

National Diversity Solutions (NDS Value) has awarded a $2.4 million contract with Messer Construction for the management of doors, frames and hardware in the construction of University of Kentucky’s new residence halls. At the media event, UK Vice President of Facilities Management Bob Wiseman also announced the university’s Supplier Diversity Initiative contract with NDS Value that will provide a web-based portal to register, qualify and communicate with current and potential diverse suppliers of certain goods and services. The portal is expected to be operational this week.

Once approved, suppliers will be eligible to receive invitations to participate in opportunities to provide UK with goods and services through a competitive RFP/RFQ process. There is no cost associated for suppliers to register or participate in identified opportunities to provide impeccable quality at competitive costs.

The diverse business categories are:

· Minority Business Enterprises in which the company is held by one or more African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Asian Indian Americans, and other groups owning and controlling at least 51 percent of the company as defined by federal law.

· Women-owned Business Enterprises in which one or more women own and control at least 51 percent of the company.

· Disabled Business Enterprises in which at least 51 percent of the business is owned and controlled by one or more disabled/physically challenged individuals pursuant to the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

· Veteran-owned Businesses in which at least 51 percent of the business is owned and operated by a service veteran.

· Disabled Veteran-owned Businesses of which at least 51 percent of the business is owned and operated by a service veteran with a related disability of at least 10 percent.

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RogerClegg - 6/11/2013 4:14 PM
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Why do race, ethnicity, and sex need to be considered at all in deciding who gets awarded a contract? It's good to make sure contracting programs are open to all, that bidding opportunities are widely publicized beforehand, and that no one gets discriminated against because of skin color, national origin, or sex. But that means no preferences because of skin color, etc. either--whether it's labeled a "set-aside," a "quota," or a "goal," since they all end up amounting to the same thing. Such discrimination is unfair and divisive; it breeds corruption and otherwise costs the taxpayers and businesses money to award a contract to someone other than the lowest bidder; and it's almost always illegal—indeed, unconstitutional—to boot (see 42 U.S.C. section 1981 and this model brief: http://www.pacificlegal.org/page.aspx?pid=1342 ). Those who insist on engaging in such discrimination deserve to be sued, and they will lose.
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