MBEIPP 2020 Website Content-About Us

Introduction

Minority Business Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Mission

The Minority Business Enterprise Institute for Public Policy, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, was organized to educate and provide minority businesses and public/private sector buying entities with public policy resources and information on minority business issues and programs that support capacity building and the meaningful and sustainable inclusion of MBEs in contracting and other procurement opportunities.

Background

The MBEIPP was officially chartered as a Nonprofit Corporation with the State of Texas in 2005.  Its origins, however, go back to the combined efforts of its two founders, Carmen Garcia, and Clifton Miller, to engage minority business enterprises (MBEs) in public policy advocacy and by providing information.  These efforts included encouraging MBEs to attend:

  • city council committee/council as a whole meetings and committee/board meetings of political subdivisions and quasi-public entities when contracting and procurement related items were on the agenda.

 

  • relevant Texas Senate and House Committee meetings and providing expert witness testimony when legislation and policy issues related to contracting and procurement and/or HUB/DBE issues were on the agenda.

By 1997, a small number of MBEs who were engaged locally began traveling, individually, to Austin during the legislative session for meetings with elected officials and to provide expert witness testimony to House and Senate committees.

By 1999 was determined that, building off individual MBEs efforts, a coordinated trip to the state capitol, with a prepared agenda focused on issues impacting State of Texas certified Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs) would be of value.  This coordinated trip grew to what became an MBE Public Policy Day by 2001 and a statewide event which included MBE Advocacy Organizations from across the state of Texas by 2005.

From 1997-2005, the Dallas Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council (D/FW MSDC) provided staff and logistical support to the original founders.

While the intent was not to create another organization, by 2005 the size and scale of the initial operations grew to the point that a formal entity was required to work directly Partner Organizations across the state.

The Why?

The MBEIPP leadership believes there is real but unrecognized and unused mutual value in a business-based, policy focused relationship among:

  • the MBE business community at the Advocacy Organizational level;

 

  • Public and Private Sector Buying Entities with significant interests in legislation, policies and regulations that enable and/or inhibit business opportunities and operations; and

 

  • Policymakers (elected and appointed officials) at the federal, state and local levels

Buying Entities generally recognize minority businesses and communities as customers/consumers.  However, Buying Entities do not routinely and strategically, consider MBE’s collectively as potential supporters or opponents of legislation, policies, and regulations which those Buying Entities have targeted for action.

Additionally, MBE Advocacy Organizations are generally limited to the purview of the Supply Chain Management organizations.  This is a significant oversight based on the economic impact of MBEs in terms of revenues and jobs/employees (who, along with their families and neighbors) also represent a meaningful voter pool.

As a result, both elected and appointed officials lack the realization of the measurable economic impact of the MBE business community to the economic health at the local, regional, state, and federal levels.

Objectives and Desired Outcomes

 

Phase Objective Desired Outcome
Strategic Mutually, determine the value of an ongoing, strategic relationship between Public and Private Sectors Buying Entities; elected and Public Officials and the and Regional Advocacy Organizations with the MBEIPP functioning as the “Convener” and clearinghouse for issues of collective concern and agreement.* An environment in which the value of the:

·      positive economic contributions of the MBE/HUB business segment to the tax base of the state of Texas.

 

·      negative cost impacts of inequitable policies in procurement, contracting and employment on state, counties, and municipalities budgets.

Tactical Advance: 1) notice of issues of; and 2) collaboration regarding public policy issues primary importance to the Public and Private Sectors Buying Entities; elected and appointed officials and Regional Advocacy Organizations. A proactive, collaborative process for MBEs and their Advocacy Organizations to provide fact-based input to inform elected and appointed officials policymaking and decision making in implementing those policies.

*Disclaimer:  Individual Regional MBE Advocacy Organizations (Partner Organizations) retain the right to pursue individual areas of concern with Buying Entities.