Smaller and newer firms, particularly those that qualify as “disadvantaged”, benefit from increased transparency throughout the procurement process. We are also more likely to team with peer W/M/DBE firms, expanding access to contracts for a wider pool of firms.
Bilingual and bicultural engagement will look different depending on the community and the predominant languages spoken there. As a Mexican immigrant, my experience and expertise are based on Spanish-English engagement. The strategies and lessons shared below are from that perspective and may be applicable to other bilingual communities.