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Business Development and Contract Compliance

Business Development and Contract Compliance

Administers the county’s local and federal small business programs, priority hire and apprenticeship programs, including the master community workforce agreement for capital construction projects. BDCC also performs fast track small contractors and suppliers (SCS) certification for Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) and Woman Business Enterprises (WBE) certified by the Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises.

2024-2026 FTA DBE Proposed Triennial Goal - Small Business Survey

King County is soliciting feedback from small business owners regarding its proposed overall Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal for its Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) DBE Program. The proposed overall DBE goal for FTA projects in FY 2024 through FY 2026 is 15%.

King County will receive and consider public comments on the proposed goal. Please complete the survey below and submit your comments via the "Submit" button at the end of the Microsoft Forms survey. We value your input and ask that you complete the survey. The estimated time to complete is 10 minutes or less. Please use the link below to access the survey. 

2024 - 2026 FTA DBE Survey

Rescinding Vaccination Mandate for Contractors and Volunteers

Starting February 6, the King County Executive terminated Executive Order ACO-8-28-EO pertaining to the vaccination mandate for contractors. The lifting of the vaccination mandate for contractors is part of the Executive's action to rescind the county's COVID-19 Proclamation of Emergency that was issued on March 1, 2020. 

Contractors of Executive branch agencies are no longer required to sign attestation forms stating that they will only dispatch fully vaccinated workers to King County worksites or sites requiring interaction with the public, with the following exception: vaccination requirements still exist for most health care settings including those operated by Public Health - Seattle & King County. If your contract with King County involves staff working at health care settings operated by Public Health - Seattle & King County, please contact the King County Project Representative or Project Manager designated in your contract for information on any medical safety requirements. All previously signed attestation forms that do not pertain to this exception are considered to be expired as of February 6th.

Going forward, King County plans to continue following the health safety guidance issued by the Department of Public Health-Seattle and King County. If you have any questions, please contact

Related Resources:

Public Health - COVID Resources

Public Health Insider

Vaccine Information and Appointments

MWBE Firms Fast Track your SCS Certification Now!

Businesses certified with the Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) are now automatically eligible for SCS Certification. MBE, WBE & MWBE firms can now bypass the SCS Certification process as part of King County’s Pro-Equity Contracting efforts!

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King County is continuing to perform certification services during regular business hours. We encourage our customers to utilize our Online Certification process to apply for SCS Certification and to register your firm through the E-Procurement Supplier Registration Portal.



Apprenticeship You EARN while you LEARN

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Priority Hire

Priority Hire

Workforce development program for individuals in economically distressed areas, Master Community Workforce Agreement (MCWA), pre-job package and worker success stories

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DBE Program

Federal DBE and EPA

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) programs, and Fair Share Goals for Minority and Women-owned Businesses

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SCS Program

SCS Certification

Get certified as a Small Contractor and Supplier (SCS) and increase the competitiveness of your firm

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Small Business Accelerator

Small Business Accelerator

Select contracts for competition among certified SCS firms to propose as prime

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ESJ Innovation Plan

ESJ Innovation Plan

Expanding opportunities for state certified MWBE firms

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Contracting Opportunities

Contracting Opportunities

Contracting Incentives for Small Businesses

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Contract Reporting

Diversity Compliance Management System (DCMS)

Contract data and contractor reporting requirements

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Annual Reports


Reports on the performance of Apprenticeship, Priority Hire and Contracting Opportunities Programs

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Moving forward with pro-equity contracting

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From left to right, at the signing of the executive order in May, Ken Guy, FBOD director; Fernando Martinez, CEO/President, Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council; Dow Constantine, King County Executive; Rodnie Taylor, Chair, Black Contractors and Professionals; and Ollie Garrett, CEO/President, Tabor 100.

With Executive Dow Constantine’s recent Executive Order and additional leadership from the Finance and Business Operations Division (FBOD), departments are already moving forward to transform the county’s existing contracting program to make it easier for minority and women-owned businesses (also known as MWBEs) to compete for county contracts.

"The Executive Order emphasizes we need to be more intentional about setting goals and achieving results for pro-equity contracting," said Ken Guy, FBOD director. "We need to have a bias for action. Working together as ‘One King County’ we can really make a difference for MWBE firms."

Guy recently sent an email to the Executive Cabinet and Executive Operations Cabinet asking for their participation.

"Executive branch departments are expected to take ownership for setting pro-equity contracting goals, taking actions to meet those goals, and reporting results that demonstrate progress,” said Guy in the email. FBOD “will be reaching out to departments to provide informational briefings and highlight how we will collaborate with departments to fulfill the intent of the Executive Order."

Two leaders within FBOD will be responsible for working with departments to coordinate the Executive Order deliverables in 2021. David Malone, chief procurement officer and manager of FBOD’s Procurement & Payables section, will have lead responsibility for forming an interdepartmental steering committee; promoting innovative procurement methods to enhance MWBE participation; improving the supplier registration process with a focus on small and MWBE firms; and reducing challenges and barriers in the procurement process for MWBE firms.

Sandy Hanks, the manager of FBOD’s Business Development and Contract Compliance (BDCC) unit, will have lead responsibility for assisting departments with equity goal setting for various categories of contracts; periodic reporting; certification programs; a disparity study feasibility analysis; administration of the small business accelerator program; outreach to community based organizations and MWBEs; and training for internal staff and prospective suppliers.

Hanks observed that departments are already embracing pro-equity contracting.

"I am very impressed by the positive and proactive response of our agency partners," Hanks said. "I’ve already had department staff reach out to me about what they can do to incorporate equity goals and actions in upcoming contracts. This is the kind of passion and energy we want to sustain around pro-equity contracting."

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