Diversity in Contracting

MDA stands ready to help connect government procurement professionals with local, qualified minority- and women-owned businesses that can fulfill their procurement needs.

Procurement Professionals Toolkit

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MDA’s Minority and Small Business Development Division provides technical and financial assistance to help disadvantaged businesses compete more successfully for federal, state, local government contracts and commercial contracting opportunities.

MDA also helps connect government procurement professionals with local, qualified minority- and women-owned businesses to assist them with their procurement needs. Connecting You to Local Minority Contractors: An Overview

Minority Business Directory

The division maintains the state’s Minority Business Directory, a listing of certified minority- and women-owned businesses in Mississippi with descriptions of the products and services they offer. Minority Business Directory

MDA also manages a listing of current bid opportunities at local, state and federal agencies and commercial entities to ensure minority- and women-owned businesses have access to this information and are aware of contracting opportunities. To post bid opportunities available at your organization, please submit them to the Agency Bid Bank at http://agencybidbank.mississippi.org/. Users will need to create a registering login before submitting the bid and will also receive confirmation once the bid is submitted.

For more information about how MDA can help public and private entities searching for diverse suppliers and the Agency Bid Bank, call 601.359.3448.

Mississippi Procurement Technical Assistance Program

The Mississippi Procurement Technical Assistance Program (MPTAP) office operates as a bureau in the MDA Minority & Small Business Development Division.

The MPTAP, which serves as a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), is funded in part through a cooperative agreement from the Department of Defense (DoD) through a program that is administered by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The content of any written materials or verbal communications of the PTAC does not necessarily reflect the official views of or imply endorsement by DoD or DLA.

Matching funds are provided by the Mississippi Development Authority, city and county government agencies, economic development organizations, and private corporations.

The MPTAP delivers its services through a statewide network of procurement technical assistance centers with regional centers strategically located in Biloxi, Columbus, Greenville, Meridian, and Jackson. Private non-profit corporations (South Mississippi Contract Procurement Center, Northeast Mississippi Contract Procurement Center, and Delta Contract Procurement Center) operate the centers in Biloxi, Columbus, and Greenville, respectively.

The program is a member of the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) .

For more information about Procurement Technical Assistance email Carol Harris or call 601.359.2386.

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