The Disparity Study indicates the City paid more than $343 million to minority- and women-owned businesses during the three-year study period, more than double the amount reported in the previous disparity study in 2010. As a percentage of overall contracting, utilization of minority- and women-owned businesses increased nearly 50%, from 16% to 23%. However, the Disparity Study indicates availability of minority- and women-owned businesses in San Antonio exceeds this utilization level, suggesting that disparity in City contracting still exists.
The Disparity Study also identified continued disparities in the broader San Antonio marketplace. According to the Disparity Study statistical analysis, minority- and women-owned business owners earn less, are less likely to start businesses, and have greater difficulty accessing capital. The Study also suggests that while the City has made great progress in creating opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses, barriers related to race and gender remain.
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