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Small, Women and Minority-owned Businesses Sought to Provide Services to County


Columbia, SC – Today, the South Carolina Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center launches a county-wide effort to encourage small, women and minority business enterprises (SWMBE) to register for impending Richland County Transportation Penny opportunities.  As the County gears up, the MBDA Business Center has a memorandum of understanding with Richland County to encourage businesses to register in advance.

The “Penny Tax” became effective on May 1, 2013 and is expected to generate more than $1.1 billion dollars in revenues over the next 22 years. As more than $730 million have been earmarked for roadway, sidewalk, bike, pedestrian and greenway projects, professional and trade service providers are encouraged to register. Opportunities will be available for architects, general/prime contractors, masons, landscape companies, concrete contractors and site/utility contractors, engineers and others.

MBDA director, Cheryl Salley, rallies for the increased participation of small, women and minority-owned businesses within the County procurement practices. “According to an economic impact study provided by Miley & Associates, the Penny Tax is expected to create more than 4,100 jobs and generate $162 million of direct labor income. Getting qualified with the County is the first step small, women and minority-owned businesses can take to have a chance to vie for their share of the business,” Salley says.

To begin the qualification process, business owners can download and complete the Richland County Office of Procurement & Contracting Standard Qualification Form.  The completed form and required documents should be submitted by email to:[email protected]. For additional information or assistance completing the qualification form, business owners can contact Pam Jones at [email protected] or call 803-743-1154.

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Michael Bailey

Michael is the founder and serves as the Chief-Curator of Information for The Minority Eye, South Carolina’s largest minority-owned media outlet. As the leader of the editorial staff, he works as a multimedia journalist, telling the often-overlooked stories of minority communities from across the state and throughout the region. He specializes in producing news stories and personal profiles that share and expound on cultural, social, economic and political experiences of minorities living in South Carolina and beyond. His extensive media, business, and political background have made him a well-respected voice and an often sought-after commentator on issues that impact people of color.

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