Office of Purchasing Business Opportunity


Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

It is the policy of the East Baton Rouge City Parish to practice nondiscrimination based on social and economic disadvantage, race, color, gender, disability and national origin in the award and performance of contracts.

The EBR City Parish is committed to providing opportunities to businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged persons and is charged with ensuring their meaningful participation in the contracting activities of the city parish that involve public spending or private projects that utilize public funding or incentives. The objectives of the EBRSEDBE program are to:

  • Increase the number of available, qualified and capable City certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs).
  • Increase the number and the dollar amount of contracts with DBEs.
  • Ensure compliance and monitoring of DBE participation on City contracts.
  • Create a level playing field upon which DBEs can compete fairly for City contracts.
  • Assist certified DBEs to build more competitive and sustainable businesses for the benefit of the City Parish, and its residents.

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