Julian Arcila
Executive Director
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HCAC Salutes and Supports Amendments Made to the Charlotte’s Small Business Program

  • Changes to the program were approved by City Council on July 27
  • HCAC expects changes to create many new opportunities for small businesses in the city

Charlotte, August 22, 2016. The HCAC, the non profit organization representing the Hispanic construction community in the region, announced today its support and satisfaction because of the amendments that were made by the city council on July 27 to the Charlotte Business Inclusion program, the city’s small, minority and woman owned business initiative.

The changes introduced to the program relate to three main areas of the program:

  • Significant Business Presence Requirement. Today, the program asks for businesses to be headquartered in the Charlotte Statistical Area (CSA) to enter the program. With the change, as long as the interested company has an office in the CSA (not a postal office), it will be eligible to enter the program.
  • Time Active in Business Requirement. Currently the program requires businesses to be actively in business at least for one year, but with the change newly established businesses are eligible to obtain the SBE certification.
  • Meeting Established Subcontracting Goals. In the actual program, all firms bidding as Primes, regardless of their certification status, needed to meet established subcontracting goals by bringing other companies on board. With the new regulation, small companies aspiring to bid as Primes can count their own work towards meeting the established goals, considering the following thresholds: construction contracts under $500,000 and service contracts under $200,000.

The City of Charlotte commented: “The City of Charlotte through the collaboration of its Charlotte Business Inclusion Office, partners associations and the community, remains committed to the enhancement of competition in City contracting and promoting economic growth and development in Charlotte-Mecklenburg”.

Meanwhile, Julian Arcila, Executive Director of the HCAC, expressed: “We’re satisfied and happy to see how the City of Charlotte and the City Council are taking measures to increase business opportunities for local minority/small owned businesses. With these changes, we believe that more small business are going to find new ways to have access to public funded projects, by eliminating barriers and requirements that weren’t friendly to small businesses. Now it’s a task for us, as professional trade association, to continue providing the necessary resources for our members to take advantage of those opportunities”.

To conclude, it is important to mention that the HCAC, along with other minority organizations, played an important role in the CBI committee, where many meetings and discussions were held to improve access to business opportunities for minority and small businesses in the region.

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