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WA State DES Disparity Study Business Owners Interviews

The WA State Department of Enterprise Services (DES) Disparity Study has moved to the Business Owner Interview portion of the study and needs your voice.

Colette Holt & Associates (CHA) will be conducting group interviews for business owners around the state beginning at the end of April. Business owners can provide critical insights into doing business with the State and its prime vendors, the effectiveness of the State’s current contracting and equity initiatives, and make suggestions for creative approaches to level the public contracting playing field. This study involves thirty-three state agencies listed below.

Interested business owners can be part of the process for anecdotal data collection by participating in upcoming focus groups to share experiences and insights. It is very important that all firms with an interest in the State’s contracting activities participate. The information generated from these sessions will be an important component of the analysis of whether M/W/VBEs receive full and fair chances to compete for State work. In the coming months, business owner interviews will be held at convenient locations throughout the state.

Register to participate: send your Name, Title, Company, Phone, Email and City/ State to, Subject: DES BOI

More information about this study can be found at

Agencies included in this study:

Central Washington University (CWU)
Department of Health
Military Department
Consolidated Technology Services
Department of Labor and Industries
Office of Financial Management
Criminal Justice Training
Department of Licensing
Pollution Liability Insurance Agency
Department of Agriculture
Department of Retirement Systems
State Board of Community and Technical Colleges
Department of Commerce
Department of Revenue
State Investment Board
Department of Corrections
Department of Social and Health Services
State Parks and Recreation
Department of Early Learning
Department of Transportation
Traffic Safety Commission
Department of Ecology
Employment Security Department
University of Washington (UW)
Department of Enterprise Services
Health Care Authority
Utilities and Transportation Commission
Department of Financial Institutions
Industrial Insurance Appeals
Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Department of Fish and Wildlife
Liquor and Cannabis Board
Washington State Patrol

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