Tallahassee Minority Business Enterprise Program Flaws

By: Danielle Sommerfeld Email
By: Danielle Sommerfeld Email

A new preliminary audit shows the Tallahassee Minority Business Enterprise Program is overlooking two key minority groups.

WCTV Eyewitness News and its partner Tallahasseereports.com, have exclusively obtained a preliminary audit of the City's Vendor Incentives Program.

"The audit says that the city just considers African-Americans and women as minorities and does not afford any privilege status to any Asians or Hispanics," says Steve Stewart.

It is what's inside the 61 page audit that is raising some red flags.

The report says the program's structure and operation is outdated and likely does not comply with the United States Supreme Court rulings.

Steve Stewart is the publisher for the investigative reporting website and he says that is just one of the problems the program faces.

"They haven't published an annual report since 2006 and it's part of their MBE policy to do that, "says Stewart.

The report also shows city staff reduced their on-site compliance visits from about 100 visits a year in 2009 to just 2 in 2010.

City officials say the audit is a step in the right direction.

"Out of this will come an action plan where we say here are the areas identified that need improvement and here is what we are going to do to improve this," says Michelle Bono.

According to Stewart, a formal response from City Manager Anita Favors was requested on February 15th, but Favors has yet to respond.

To get your own copy of the preliminary report check out: www.tallahasseereports.com

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  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Mar 9, 2011 at 03:10 PM
    Typical . All White people who ARE being discriminated against by employers , are just racist and mean. U have NO FACTUAL basis for your opinion Tally , and folks like you are the reson we are having this demographic garbage and redistribution of jobs rammed down our throats. Period.
  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Mar 9, 2011 at 12:55 PM
    As usual , we must not upset anyone , beg for forgivness , and not fart in the wrong direction lest we be labled. How many must starve before WE rise to the occasion?
  • by Get Real Tally Location: tally on Mar 9, 2011 at 12:31 PM
    U folk get upset about anything that doesnt benefit the good ol boys....r u really that selfish, can u give up anything??...here is an idea turn to the local banks that give u special treatment and over scrutinize black applicants, MBE was created for a reason and that is because minorities have very little to no access to resources to start thier own businesses...u can walk in the bank with a 300 credit score and no job and borrow money on your daddy or uncle or great cousins nieces boyfriends husbands names, lol...this has nothing to do with affirmitive action either so shut up on that...nobody thats qualified is getting fair treatment, Im black with a BS a real estate license, series 6&7 and a CAM license and still struggling to make my resume noticeable...life isnt fair for anyone u folks are just now feeling it, we've been feeling it for hundreds of years...stop whining get up and get on the grind, just like u advise us to do...after all these blogs dont pay, get one!!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2011 at 04:54 PM
    No... Be careful here...... those of us in the industry know this is a scam. Our frustration with the corruption for 2 decades could look like cynical or racist and prevent this corruption from being repaired. Thanks for the insight!
  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Mar 8, 2011 at 12:16 PM
    From what I have seen when trying to apply for jobs around here ....the ONLY overlooked party is "Overqualified" White folks. People who want to work and have Degrees are constantly being passed over because of Affirm Policies and EEO requirments. Ridiculous. Hire the best for the job , not whos Politically Pleasing.
  • by truth hurts on Mar 8, 2011 at 11:57 AM
    Programs like these continue to perpetuate the problem. The more you separate yourselves from everyone the more you will be secluded and hated. So who is the real racist?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2011 at 10:28 AM
    It may have helped a few minorities years ago, but in today's market it is corruption, ineptness and futility. The City pays at least double for goods and services they procure with this program and often sets young overwhelmed vendors up for a huge business failure or total manipulation by a ghost company who is actully saealling the goods to the city in the background using the MBE or WBE as its front If the acuity did not have such a cash reserve to hide this misappropriation of public funds someonebwould have gone to jail decades ago. Excellent and bold coverage. Thanks please don't quit on this story!
  • by Franklin Thompson Location: Tallahassee on Mar 8, 2011 at 10:21 AM
    What a shock. Flaws with a program that should not even be in place.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2011 at 09:32 AM
    A racist mayor and a racist city manager...what do you expect?
  • by Flawed? Location: Tallahassee on Mar 8, 2011 at 09:12 AM
    This was not a flaw, it is called a business plan. No accident here. And they want to promote unity. What a bunch of horse doodle.
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