90% of participants ranked event as very good or excellent.
On March 18th, Omnitrans hosted a “How to Do Business with Local Transit Agencies & DBE/Small Business Workshop.”
Eighty-nine small business enterprise (SBE) and disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) vendors attended the event to learn tips on how to better position their companies to earn government awards. It also gave them the opportunity to network directly with representatives from several local transit agencies including Sunline Transit Agency, Metrolink, Mountain Transit, Foothill Transit, Riverside Transit Agency, Riverside County Transportation Commission, Victor Valley Transit Agency and SANBAG.
“We were thrilled to be able to connect with so many local businesses,” said Omnitrans Director of Procurement Jennifer Sims. “Omnitrans is committed to breaking down the barriers that prevent DBEs from participating on federally assisted and locally supported contracts and procurements. ”
On October 3, 2012 the Omnitrans Board unanimously approved expanding Omnitrans’ DBE program to include a Small Business Enterprise provision to foster SBE participation. The agency is committed to doing business with the companies who provide the best value, regardless of ethnicity, gender or business size. Increased competition and right sizing projects result in lower overall costs to the agency and promote the local economy.