“Ten Big Ideas” are at the heart of the Governor’s Supplier Diversity Advisory Board’s Interim Report

Posted on January 19, 2011



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Virginia Inaugural Meeting of the Supplier Diversity Advisory Board – August 17, 2010

As indicated in my post of January 18th, the Interim Report from the Governor’s Supplier Diversity Advisory Board provides both an interesting (and yes timely) review of procurement policy and practice in Virginia.

While the document, which is 42 pages in all, does in fact drill down into critical areas including; Certification, Marketing and Outreach, Bonding and Capital Access as well as Procurement itself, it is centered on what is referred to as the “Ten Big Ideas.”

We are in the process of finalizing the details for a special PI Window on Business broadcast that will be scheduled to air before the end of the month.  The focus of the segment, where I will be joined by an expert international guest panel, is to gain their perspectives on these ten big ideas in the context of not only Virginia’s vision and objectives but also from the standpoint of similar undertakings in other governments.

In the meantime, and to of course get your point of view based on your understanding of public sector procurement policy, here are the “Ten Big Ideas” from the just released report.  (Note: for me point number 2 is a big one given the dire predictions of budgetary shortfalls at the State and Municipal levels in 2011.)

  1. Make Virginia the #1 place to start a small business in the United States.
  2. Recognize that supplier diversity is an economic development tool.
  3. Establish and foster a culture of supplier diversity in the Commonwealth.
  4. Install and empower a Director of Supplier Diversity.
  5. Declare an unequivocal statement of support for supplier diversity and distribute to all state agencies.
  6. Demand strong, achievable aspirational goals and help agencies deliver results.
  7. Strengthen and enforce contract compliance.
  8. Utilize a standard tracking, reporting and goal-setting process.
  9. Remove barriers to entry for diverse firms and simplify the process for buyers where possible.
  10. Declare only one guarantee: opportunity to compete.

Now for those who might be inclined to review the interim report in its entirety, here it is: