Volume 7 | April 2021
The Office of Diversity in Business Practices
Our Mission:
It is the policy of The Office of Diversity in Business Practices (ODPB) to provide all persons an equal and fair opportunity to participate in procurement and contracting opportunities sponsored by the District.
Our ultimate goal is to support sustainable growth and economic opportunities for small, women-owned, and minority businesses. School Board Policy 6.143
From the Director's Desk
The History of Supplier Diversity Programs: What You Should Know
The history of supplier diversity has its roots in minority supplier development. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the most sweeping civil rights legislation since post-Civil War Reconstruction, prohibited racial discrimination in employment and education, and outlawed racial segregation in public places. In 1969, President Nixon’s Executive Orders 11458 and 11625 established the Minority Business Development Agency. Read More

2021 Deloitte: The Equity Imperative
An excerpt
Fighting systemic bias and racism is one of the biggest challenges of our time. And businesses can lead the way. They must take action now to help break down old systems that aren’t working, change beliefs and behaviors, and build a new future of racial equity. Let’s reflect on some of the realities of racism, envision future scenarios, and move swiftly from intention to action for racial equity. Read More
Pirtle Construction: The Two Million Dollar Carve-Out
Pirtle is proud to be the construction manager on the Greater Lake Worth High School 03-000. Pirtle, with their SBE sub-consultant MCO Construction, and in collaboration with, The Office of Diversity in Business Practices, held a series of seven customized outreach workshops over the course of 2020. The team conducted one outreach workshop in-person before the COVID-19 pandemic struck. The remaining workshops were held online without a hiccup. Read More
L to R: Jacob Katz, SVP, Pirtle Construction and William Hatcher, President, Hatcher Construction
Who's Being Awarded PBCSD Contracts?
The Latest Contract Compliance Data Broken Down by Gender & Ethnicity
Goods & Services Update:
Term Contract for Catalog Discounts, Miscellaneous Janitorial Supplies and Accessories was recently awarded to several vendors. One of the Bid Awarded vendors was South Florida Janitorial and Pool Supply, Inc. a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) certified vendor with the School District of Palm Beach County. South Florida Janitorial & Pool Supply was founded in 1997 by Angie and Tom Blash, who have been residents of Palm Beach County for over 60 years. Angie is President and Chief Financial Officer. Tom is Vice President. “We have been doing business with The School District of Palm Beach since 1998. We were instrumental in helping implement a Green Cleaning program, which helped the district achieve Leed certifications at a number of schools, in addition to saving hundreds of thousands of dollars per year in supply costs. We employ a diverse group of 19 people, with over 150 years of combined experience, many whom have children in the district. “

Over the years, SFJ has grown their business due to excellent customer service, on time delivery, and the implementation of an online user-friendly catalog to assist customers with ease of use and the ability to see products that are offered. To view the catalog CLICK HERE . Congratulations to South Florida Janitorial and Pool Supply for many years of service to the School District of Palm Beach County.
Construction Update:
There are currently 11 facility renewal projects on-going across the district, 2 modernizations, 1 addition and 7 minor projects.

Between the months of January and March, 16 FCA projects have been awarded for both Design and Construction Management Services with a total value of $ 12,083,940.00. 10 more FCA projects are expected to be awarded in April both in Design and Construction Management services with a total value of 72 million dollars. All these projects have small business participation requirements.
Events, Training, & Outreach
We Provide Certification Training in 3 Languages
Small Business University 2021
In The News: Money Makes the World Go Round
Stimulus update: How will Florida benefit from the COVID-19 relief package?

Florida is poised to receive $17.33 billion from the package -- the fourth highest amount after California, Texas and New York. Read More

One Million Black Women, $10 Billion in Direct Investment Capital

One million Black Women, a $10 billion in direct investment capital and $100 million in philanthropic support to address the dual disproportionate gender and racial biases that Black women have faced for generations, which have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Read More
Historical Challenges of Black Entrepreneurs

It can be difficult for any business to succeed but Black entrepreneurs have historically faced unique challenges. Despite buy-black campaigns, grants and other resources, 8 out of 10 Black-owned businesses fail within the first 18 months. Read More

Kaufman Lynn Construction is proudly recognized as The Palm Beach County School District's Gold Medalist Partner in Education for 2019-2020. We are grateful for our business partners!
Jeff Zalkin, VP of Development at Kaufman Lynn leading a Small Business University class held at the Palm Beach County School District (2019).
Meet The Team: Carline Dumornay
Carline is an administrative assistant in our department. Born in Haiti, she always had an interest in history and cultures. Having completed a degree in Medical Technology, Carline longed to travel and explore the different cultures around the world. Looking to pursue her dream, she set out to visit Canada, Mexico, France and the Dominican Republic. Following her travels, she settled in the United States and started building a life in sunny South Florida. Throughout the years, she fostered a passion for religion thus, propelling her to join The Unity of the Faith Seminary in 2018 to obtain a degree in Theology. To this day, Carline is continuing with her studies to deepen her knowledge of the word of God.    
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