Rules and Regulations
In August of 1996, the Weld-Cellucci Administration signed Executive Order 390 -
The Affirmative Market Program in Public Contracting. In doing so, the
Administration re-affirmed its commitment to enhance the participation of
minority and women-owned businesses in the public sector marketplace. Executive
Order 390, and Massachusetts General Law Chapter 7, Section 40N establish the
state's affirmative purchasing programs for minority and women businesses.
SDO certification expands the market opportunities of Minority Business
Enterprises and Woman-Owned Business Enterprises by certifying their
eligibility to participate in affirmative business opportunity programs
throughout the state. SDO also certifies Disadvantaged Business Enterprises
to compete for contracts funded by the US Department of Transportation.
The Small Business Administration's size standards define whether a business
entity is small and, thus, eligible for Government programs and preferences
reserved for "small business" concerns. These size standards have been
established for types of economic activity, or industry.
Below are the detailed rules and regulations that apply to the governing of
affirmative purchasing programs.
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Governs the process of certification of minority, woman and minority/woman
business enterprises, non-profit organizations and joint ventures.
49 CFR Part 26
Federal Regulations for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in Department of
Executive Order 390
Establishes the state's affirmative purchasing programs for minority and women
13 CFR 121,
Size Regulations used in the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program. In all
instances, once a business most recent three years average annual gross sales
exceeds $22.41 million, it is no longer eligible for DBE