WHAT IS A WOMEN BUSINESS ENTERPRISE?

The term “Minority Business Enterprise” means a business, at least 50% of which is owned by minority group members, or in the case of publicly owned businesses, at least 51% of the stock is owned by minority group members.  For the purpose of this definition, minority groups include, but are not limited to, African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, Alaskans or Pacific Islanders.

It is the policy of the Knox CountyHousing Authority to take positive steps to encourage the utilization of minority business enterprises in all contract activity it administers.

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The Knox County Housing Authority recognizes the importance of Minority-owned businesses, Women-owned businesses, and businesses owned by economically disadvantaged persons to the economic well-being of Knox County, Illinois. KCHA is committed to pursuing business relationships with such enterprises, and to using innovative approaches designed to continually improve business opportunities with these companies. It is the policy of the Knox County Housing Authority that Minority, Women, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises shall have the maximum opportunity to participate in the performance of contracts financed in whole or in part with federal funds. To the greatest extent feasible, contractors wishing to do business with the Authority shall comply with this Policy.


KCHA’s goal is to endeavor to award a fair share of contracts to disadvantaged (DBE), woman-owned (WBE), and minority-owned (MBE) enterprises. Affirmative steps will be taken to help ensure that such businesses are utilized, when possible, as sources of supplies, equipment, construction and other services by:

  • Including qualified DBEs, WBEs, and MBEs on solicitation lists;
  • Ensuring that DBEs, WBEs, and MBEs are solicited whenever they are potential sources;
  • Requiring the prime contractor to take the aforementioned affirmative steps whenever subcontracts are to be let.


The KCHA does not certify MBE/WBE/DBE businesses, but will accept MBE/WBE/DBE certification from appropriate authorities.


Contractors are expected take the following steps to ensure that, whenever possible, subcontracts are awarded to MBE/WBE/DBE businesses:

  • Placing qualified MBE/WBE/DBE on solicitation lists;
  • Ensuring that MBE/WBE/DBE are solicited whenever they are potential sources;
  • Dividing total requirements, when economically feasible, into smaller tasks or quantities to permit maximum participation by MBE/WBE/DBE; 
  • Establishing delivery schedules, where the requirements of the contract permit, which encourage participation by MBE/WBE/DBE; and
  • Using the services and assistance of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Minority Business Development agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce and state and local government small business agencies.

MWDBE FORMS

DBEs are for-profit small business concerns where socially and economically disadvantaged individuals own at least a 51% interest and also control management and daily business operations.

To qualify as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, a small business owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals must receive DBE certification from its relevant state– generally through the state Uniform Certification Program (UCP).

MINORITY, WOMEN, AND DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISES

WHAT IS A MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE?

MBE/WBE/DBE 

WHAT IS A DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE?

The term “Women Business Enterprise” means a business that is at least 51% owned by a woman or women who also control and operate it.  “Control” in this context means exercising the power to make policy decisions.  “Operate” in this context means being actively involved the day to day management.

It is the policy of the Knox County Housing Authority to take positive steps to encourage the utilization of Women Business Enterprises in all contracts it administers.

  • MWDBE CERTIFICATION 
  • MWDBE POLICY