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March 5, 2020
Panel Approves Pennacchio/Kean Legislation to Monitor Effectiveness of Programs to Help Minority and Women Owned Business

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Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Republican Leader Tom Kean sponsor legislation, approved today by the State Government Committee, to track the performance of State programs to strengthen women- and minority-owned companies.

Sen. Pennacchio and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean sponsor legislation to track the benefits of State programs designed to help businesses owned by women and minorities. (©iStock)

“How can we make decisions about public policy that impact the economy if we don’t have the numbers?” said Pennacchio (R-26). “This bill will help us calculate information so we can see the trends and understand which programs are effective, and which aren’t. Growing women- and minority-owned employers are crucial to a strong economy.”

The legislation (S-300) requires the Division of Purchase and Property in the Treasury Department to issue an annual report on public contracts awarded to businesses owned by women and minorities. The report, compiled by the Chief Diversity Officer, would be presented to the Governor and the Legislature.

“The Legislature’s ongoing effort to support a strong and growing economy includes advancing measures to create opportunity for minorities,” said Kean (R-21). “The data is necessary to help evaluate the performance of these initiatives, and plan our path for the future. We want to help women and minority entrepreneurs compete and thrive in New Jersey.”

Under the bill, the Division is required to operate and continue to develop the Selective Assistance Vendor Information (SAVI) database.

SAVI identifies businesses registered as minority and women owned businesses with the State that are eligible for mandated programs such as the NJ Small Business Set-Aside program, and aids in matching buyers and vendors for private contracting opportunities.

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