Memphis Pursues Procurement Reform to Boost Participation by Small and Minority-Owned Businesses

The City of Memphis, TN, a finalist in the fourth round of the City Accelerator, is focused on lowering barriers to entry for small and minority-owned businesses.
by The City of Memphis | May 8, 2017 AT 10:00 AM
(45 ratings)

The City of Memphis, TN, is a finalist in the fourth round of the City Accelerator, which is focused on using public procurement to help create inclusive economic opportunity. Your feedback on its story map will inform final selection of the cities.

What is Memphis proposing?

Memphis is looking to refine its purchasing policies and practices to further existing efforts to increase the participation of minority and women-owned business enterprises in city contracting. Participation in the City Accelerator will allow the city to develop and implement innovative solutions that build upon its work to ease the process of starting a new business and lower the barriers to entry for small businesses that work with the city. Lessons learned from the cohort could lead to a multi-jurisdictional procurement strategy that leverages economies of scale and increases opportunity.


For a detailed description of the mission and purpose of the City Accelerator’s cohort on Procurement for Inclusive Economic Opportunity, click here.

Public response is one of several criteria being used by the City Accelerator to select cohort cities. The number of ratings or comments by themselves do not determine final status or selection.

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Robert Drain

On: 05-22-2017

I am impress and hope the city applies all the provisions to there full extent. Having been a small business owner doing business with the city. The federal program my business participated in dollars had an economic development Memorandum of Understand (MoU) self-compete clause for new start-up and small business industry entry that the city refused to implement because city officials felt ithat it was an disadvantage to the majority businesses that the city had been doing business with in previous years. Yet the majority businesses benefited from the training, licensing and insurance financing, obtaining equipment, credit assistant and other wavers from the MoU provisions adding a greater advantage and benefit to the majority businesses .

Dabney Ring

On: 05-22-2017

Great job, Memphis!

Antonio Parkinson

On: 05-22-2017

Very enlightening.

Amos Maki

On: 05-17-2017

Well done!


On: 05-13-2017

Memphis is on the move & I love it. Let's keep up the great work!

Cedric Hamilton

On: 05-12-2017

This video is an excellent example of the hard work being displayed within the office OBDC. Mayor Jim Strickland is 100% dedicated to increase the spend with Minority and Woman owned companies. Keep moving the needle Memphis. Great Job !!

Erica Totty

On: 05-11-2017

Very informative


On: 05-11-2017


Steven Sanders

On: 05-10-2017

This video depicts precisely the type of efforts the city needs to pursue to help move us in the right direction. Great job!

Karlisa Kuykindall

On: 05-10-2017

5 out of 5 very informative video

Tracy B.

On: 05-10-2017

Moving a city to greatness takes effort. This office definitely has its finger on the pulse of M/W/SBEs and how to move the needle forward. Excellent work!

Camilla Curran

On: 05-10-2017

Well done! I hope to see more work along this vein in the future!

Deveney Perry

On: 05-10-2017

Thank you OBDC for expanding your mission to increase the participation of women and minority owned businesses in Memphis. You all deserve to win and I wish you the best for Memphis!


On: 05-10-2017

Thanks for putting Memphis on the map! I appreciate this accelerator program putting an emphasis on the importance of how small minority companies can excel and flourish at making this city a greater place for all!

Stan Brady

On: 05-10-2017

The video was a great illustration of how well Memphis is moving forward in all of its efforts to create business opportunities for MWBEs and SBE within the City of Memphis and Shelby County.

Zipporah Robinson

On: 05-10-2017

The video was rather informative. It provided current statistics, highlighted the essence of the city of Memphis, and clearly relayed the message of necessary improvements needed with the business opportunity sector.


On: 05-10-2017

Great Video!


On: 05-08-2017

Be reformed, and always be reforming.