Business Assistance

Agency Efforts

The inclusion of small and minority-owned businesses and women business enterprises in our contracting process is important to Fresno Housing. These efforts comprise:

  • Including such firms, when qualified, on solicitation mailing lists;
  • Encouraging their participation through direct solicitation of bids or proposals whenever they are potential sources;
  • Dividing total requirements, when economically feasible, into smaller tasks or quantities to permit maximum participation by such firms;
  • Establishing delivery schedules, where the requirement permits, which encourage participation by such firms;
  • Using the services and assistance of the Small Business Administration, and the Minority Business Development Agency of the Department of Commerce;
  • Including in contracts, to the greatest extent feasible, a clause requiring contractors, to provide opportunities for training and employment for lower-income residents of the project area and to award subcontracts for work in connection with the project to business concerns which provide opportunities to low-income residents, as described in 24 CFR Part 135 (so-called Section 3 businesses); and
  • Requiring prime contractors, when subcontracting is anticipated, to take the positive steps listed above.

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