Procurement Services

​Procurement Services

​Business Inclusion and Development Plan

​The function of the Business Inclusion and Development (BID) office is to assist the City of Dallas with the development, management, implementation, and evaluation of its Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) program known as the Business Inclusion and Development Plan. BDS works to involve M/WBE participation to the greatest extent feasible on the City's construction, procurement, and professional services contracts and to assist M/WBEs in resolving problems encountered while participating in the City's procurement process.

Definition of an M/WBE

An M/WBE is a small business that is at least 51% owned and operated by a socially and economically disadvantaged person or persons. Socially and Economically Disadvantaged means individuals who are citizens of the United States (or lawfully admitted permanent residents) and who are:

  • African Americans

  • Hispanic Americans

  • Native Americans

  • Asian Americans

  • Women

Owned and operated means that at least 51% of the business is owned by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals and that the management and daily business operations are controlled by the same socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.

M/WBE Certification

BID PLAN (Downloadable Document)

The BID Plan Goals




Architectural & Engineering:


Other Professional:


Other Services:




Prospective bidders/proposers are required to make a "good faith effort" to meet the established participation goals and must document their good faith effort to include M/WBEs in the contract.

Request for Bid Forms

All bid documents and proposal packages must include the signed BID affidavit confirming the bidder/proposer’s intent to comply with the City’s BID Plan. No other BID documentation will be required at time of bid. The apparent low bidder/most advantageous proposer has up to five (5) business days to submit BID forms to Business Development & Procurement Services (BDPS) after the awarding City department has issued notification of intent to award the contract. Required BID forms must be submitted to BDPS prior to award by City Council.


Request for Qualifications, Proposal, Certified Sealed Proposal Forms

For RFQs, RFPs, and RFCSPs contracts in excess of $250,000, the screening and/or selection committee will include a representative from the Business Inclusion and Development (BID) Plan. The BID staff will evaluate compliance in accordance with the BID Plan and award up to 15 points allowable as applicable.


Lobbying by bidders and proposers on city contracts. (dallas City code sec. 12a-15.8, subsection g) A person responding to a request for bids or request for proposals on a city contract shall not lobby a city council member either directly or

indirectly (through a representative, employee, or agent) from the time the advertisement or public notification of the request for bids or request for proposals is made until the time the contract is awarded by the city council. This

subsection does not prohibit a bidder or proposer from speaking at the city council meeting where the award of the contract is considered.  (Ord. 27748)