North Carolina Department of Administration Disparity Study

North Carolina Department of Administration Disparity Study

North Carolina Department of Administration Disparity Study

The State of North Carolina Department of Administration’s and the of North Carolina’s Office of Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB, collectively “State”) has engaged Griffin & Strong, P.C (GSPC) to conduct a disparity study on the availability and utilization of minority and women owned businesses enterprises and examine relevant evidence of race- or gender-based discrimination in Department of Administration contracting.

Over the course of this Study, there will be several ways the local business community can be involved. GSPC will be conducting surveys (both in person and via sample), public hearings, webinars and other public engagement meetings. If your firm is contacted to provide input, we thank you for your participation. For any questions, comments, or other commentary you desire to provide, you may also email us at NCStudy@gspclaw.com

ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE COLLECTION

LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

GSPC also desire the feedback of organizations that speak for the local business community. Local business, civic, and trade organizations may be contacted to participate. If you desire to meet with GSPC to discuss your organizations perspective on working with the state of NC or the HUB office, contact us at NCStudy@gspclaw.com

ANECDOTAL INTERVIEWS

The Disparity Study will provide opportunity for feedback from business owners about experiences, both positive and negative, contracting with the state. Anecdotal interviews, are one on one interviews with business owners to discuss their experiences doing business with the state or navigating business development in the region.

This testimony can play a critical role in improving current programs. Beginning with our Informational meetings, scheduled for May 1st and 2nd, 2019, the Disparity Study anecdotal process will involve the completion of anecdotal interviews, public hearings and focus groups.

Firms may be contacted by GSPC representatives, Bridget Wall Lennon of BL Wall consulting or Gerry McCants of McCants Communications for interviews. If contacted, we encourage your honest and transparent feedback.

THE NORTH CAROLINA MWBE COORDINATORS NETWORK

GSPC will also engage with the NC MWBE/HUB Coordinators network to gather their impressions of the state program and challenges in implementation.

STATISTICAL DATA

Survey of Business Owners

The Griffin & Strong Survey of Business Owners will be launching soon. This survey instrument is designed to gather statistical, demographic and anecdotal data on your firm experiences in the marketplace and is due to launch in late summer, 2019.

EMAIL COMMENT

Have any questions? Feel free to contact us!

For those who are not contacted to participate in an interview or focus group, are unavailable due to scheduling conflict, or generally uncomfortable providing public testimony but wish to provide anecdotal evidence on your experiences doing business in and with the State of NC, you may email us anytime with anecdotal comments or questions at NCStudy@gspclaw.com.

Informational Meetings

Thank you, North Carolina business owners, for joining us to kick off the State of North Carolina Disparity Study. For those who were unable to join us, attached is the informational meeting PPT and webinar where GSPC discusses the study and how the community can play a role in the study process.

To learn more about this study, how to be involved and to address any questions or concerns, please attend:

DATE & TIME VENUE ADDRESS
Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 From 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. NC Department of Natural & Cultural Resources 109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 From 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Government Center – Room 267 600 East Fourth Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Thursday May 2nd, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. City of Greenville (NC) City Hall – Third Floor 200 West Fifth Street Greenville, NC 27835
Thursday May 2nd, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Hughes Building 46 Aston Street, Asheville, NC. 28801

For those who are unable to attend, GSPC will also be doing one additional Informational meeting via Webinar on Thursday May 9th.

If Interested please Register using Eventbrite. Registration is encouraged, but not required for attendance.

Social Media Presence


Public Hearings

At the public hearings, comments regarding both positive and negative interactions with Sound Transit and in the public and private sector business communities will be heard and recorded by a court reporter.

If interested, please register via Eventbrite. Registration is encouraged but not required for entry. Please be aware that all comments provided during this hearing will be recorded and potentially utilized as evidence for the Disparity Study.

DATE & TIME VENUE ADDRESS
Monday, September 30th, 2019
6:00PM-7:30PM
Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center
Meeting Room 3*
1921 West Gate City Blvd.
Greensboro, NC 27403
Tuesday, October 1st, 2019
6:00PM-7:30PM
Wake Technical Community College
RTP Campus
Auditorium Room 126*
10908 Chapel Hill Road
Morrisville, NC 27560
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019
4:00PM-6:00PM
Sheppard Memorial Library
Meeting Room A*
530 Evans Street
Greenville, NC 27835
Wednesday October 2nd, 2019
5:300PM-7:30PM
Government Center – Room 267 600 East Fourth Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

(* – Free parking available for all meeting attendees)

Social Media

For information about scheduled events and study updates, feel free to follow Griffin & Strong, P.C. on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. You may also provide commentary regarding the study via social media, regardless of whether you are selected for a random interview. If you wish to provide a comment regarding your experiences, whether positive or negative, in doing business in North Carolina or with the state, please reach us on social media.