Meeting Set Aside Requirements Doesn’t Mean Sacrificing Quality
General contractors have the obligation to award contracts to MBE contractors when working on state projects. While these set aside programs create exceptional opportunities they sometimes force GCs to work with less experienced contractors that can compromise the quality of the work done as well as the safety of the job site.
Meeting your contracting obligation WITHOUT compromising quality
Smart MBEs recognize the value of their set-aside status. At Horizon Services we pride ourselves on our robust service offerings and want to adapt to the needs of our customers. We pride ourselves on our harmonious working relationships with other trades and are happy to partner with trusted contractors selected by the general contractors we work for.
From the state of Connecticut
It is national policy to award a fair share of contracts to small, women and minority business firms. Accordingly, affirmative steps must be taken to assure that small and minority/women businesses are utilized when possible as sources of supplies, equipment, construction and services. Affirmative steps shall include the following:
- Including qualified small and minority/women businesses on solicitation lists.
- Assuring that small and minority/women businesses are solicited whenever they are potential sources.
- When economically feasible, dividing total requirements into smaller tasks or quantities so as to permit maximum small and minority/women business participation.
- Using the services and assistance of the Small Business Administration, the Office of Minority Business Enterprise of the Department of Commerce and the Community Services Administration as required.
- Establishing delivery schedules, where the requirement permits, which encourage participation by small and minority business, and women’s business enterprises.
Meet your set-aside obligations by connecting us to your contractors and work with the project supervisors and crews you trust.
If any subcontracts are to be let, requiring the prime contractor to take affirmative steps in 1 through 5 above.