City commissions a consulting firm for disparity study

The city of Boston has commissioned BBC Research & Consulting to conduct a disparity study that will assess whether any barriers exist for minority- and women-owned businesses that make it more difficult for them to participate in city contracting.

According to a statement released by the city, the study would examine the current participation of minority and women-owned businesses in city contracting, measure the availability of minority and woman-businesses for city contracts and procurements, and assess marketplace conditions for minority and women-owned businesses. 

The city has invited business owners, trade association representatives, and community stakeholders to attend one of their four community meetings designed to gather input. Attendees are encouraged to learn more about the study, ask questions of the project team, and share their own experiences relating to the subject. 

The meetings will be held late this month and in early October at four different Boston Public Library (BPL) branches across the city. Meeting and locations are as follows: Wed., Sept. 25, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Mattapan branch on Blue Hill Ave.; Thurs., Sept. 26, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Codman Square Library on Washington Street; Tues., Oct. 1, and Wed., Oct. 2, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Central BPL on Boylston Street.