Contact Office of Business Opportunities at 803.545.3950; [email protected] 

Contractor & Supplier Diversity

Provides training and support for city initiatives designed to increase local contractor’s capacity to compete for government contracts and other procurement opportunities.  We are also responsible for the implementation of the City’s Disparity Study Goals and Objectives.  Programs include: Sub-Contractor Outreach; Mentor Protégé; Local Business Enterprise; Columbia Disadvantage Business Enterprise; and Construction Management Training.

Minority Business Opportunity Conference 2018:  Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The City of Columbia implemented a 10% Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal in 2015. This year, to help us reach this goal, the Office of Business Opportunities, is hosting a Minority Business Opportunity Conference on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Registration is required.

This conference will: 
(1) educate vendors on the purchasing process at the City;
(2) provide vendors with the opportunity to meet with purchasers representing various city departments, and;
(3) advise vendors how to become a certified DBE

Want to know if this event is for you? Check out the list of items that we purchase. 

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED (Deadline April 2, 2018)

See you there!

Contact:  [email protected] or call:  803.545.3049 or 803.545.4185

Contractors!  Apply NOW for Columbia Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (CDBE) Status!

Is your business:
1)  Located within the Columbia-Orangeburg-Newberry Combined Statistical Area (CSA)
2)  A Certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

Below are the City's CDBE Policy and Program Guidelines.  

Columbia Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Utilization Policy
Commercial Non-Discrimination and Columbia Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (CDBE) Utilization Policy
Columbia Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (CDBE) Program Guidelines

That's all it takes to qualify for CDBE Status - it's that simple!

Below are links to the CDBE Application Form and current CDBE and DBE Directories:
CDBE Application Form
CDBE Directory - Registered Columbia Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (Columbia ONLY)
DBE Directory - Registered Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (Outside of Columbia ONLY)

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT TO ALL POTENTIAL BIDDERS: Please remember to register for the City's new eProcurement System. All current and new City of Columbia bidders should be registered in the new system.

Please click here to register and/or to review Bid Opportunities:

Contact Office of Business Opportunities at 803.545.3950
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