Beaufort County recognizes that the South Carolina General Assembly, in South Carolina Code of Laws Section 11-35-5210, has declared that businesses owned and operated by minority persons have been historically restricted from full participation in our free enterprise system to a degree disproportionate to other businesses; and that it is in the state's best interest to assist minority-owned businesses to develop fully as a part of the state's policies and programs which are designed to promote balanced economic and community growth throughout the state.
Therefore, Beaufort County wishes to ensure that those businesses owned and operated by minorities are afforded the opportunity to fully participate in its overall procurement process for goods and services. Further, Beaufort County seeks to ensure that small businesses are likewise afforded the same opportunity as minority businesses to participate. Based on scope of work or services, solicitations may require bidders or proposers to meet certain compliance requirements of Beaufort County's "Small and Minority Business Participation Program", unless self-performing one hundred percent (100%), including specific pre-award good faith outreach efforts and post-award subcontracting reporting. If you have questions about the program, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beaufort County does not have a certification program for small and minority businesses and encourages qualifying businesses to become certified with the SC Department of Transportation and South Carolina Division of Small and Minority Business Contracting and Certification. Click the images below to access details regarding these certification programs.