In 1983, recognizing the importance of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises (MBE/WBE) participation in state purchases, Public Law 34 (I.C. 4-13-16.5) created the Governor's Commission on Minority Business Development, which is now the Governor's Commission on Minority and Women's Business Enterprises. The Commission's mandate is to explore opportunities and implement activities that will enable MBE/WBE to fully participate in the Procurement system.
Commission members actively work to cultivate an environment that provides contracting opportunities for minorities and women across the state of Indiana. Member appointments are four year terms. Their responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- Being advocates for MWBE goals in state contracting
- Active in their region to promote MWBE
- Keep abreast of information that would assist the state in achieving the MWBE goals
- Oversight of the MWBE Division as it relates to duties, goals and objections to assure compliance with state and federal legislation and policy concerning the awarding of contracts to minority and women’s business enterprises
- Establishment of annual MWBE goals
- Oversight of a disparity study which provides statistical analysis of utilization of state contracts every five years
The statute, I.C. 4-13-16.5-2 (f)(9), specifies that a report is to be provided to the governor and the legislative council, describing the visions, aims, and activities of the Commission. The Report of the Governor's Commission on Minority and Women's Business Enterprises is required to prepare a review of the Commission to be submitted to the governor and the legislative council on March 1 and October 1 of each year.
The Governor's Commission on Minority and Women's Business Enterprises meets at least four times a year. The meetings are free and open to the public. Review the upcoming commission meeting schedule to plan your meeting participation for the year.
The commission meeting minutes are recorded for each Governor's Commission on Minority and Women's Business Enterprises meeting.