As part of a study on whether the city of Charlotte is awarding enough contracts to minority- and women-owned businesses, the city plans to hold a public hearing in April to receive testimony from the public.
The city is looking for feedback on everything from whether:
• firms face difficulties when bidding as prime contractors, subcontractors, service providers or vendors;
• business owners believe they have been treated fairly or unfairly based on their race or gender; and
• prime contractors solicit bids or price quotes from minority- and women-owned firms on “nongoal” projects; and
• firms feel that there is a level playing field when it comes to access to capital, bonding and insurance.
The hearing will be April 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St., Room 267.
Those who cannot attend the hearing should mail observations no later than April 19 to Vernetta Mitchell, MGT of America Inc., 2123 Centre Pointe Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308. Mitchell can also be reach via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax at (850) 385-4501.