December 1st, 2020
December is here, and we are looking forward to what January will bring. While 2020 has been one of the most challenging years of our lives, OMWBE has made great strides as an agency. We added six new team members, building our Executive Leadership, Communications, and Certification Teams so we can better serve you. We expanded our DBE technical assistance program in Eastern and Western Washington. We certified over 485 businesses that are new to government contracting and procurement, and many more that renewed their OMWBE certification status.
Our focus on 2021 is Equity. The Governor's Office has renewed its commitment to serving the people in our state that need help the most. This includes communities of color and women who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, and rural communities that don't have access to broadband. We will do our part to support these efforts by guiding state agencies to increase opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses in government contracting. We look forward to continuing to serve you in the new year and wish you a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season.
Lisa van der Lugt