Nikki R. Haley
On behalf of the State of South Carolina, welcome to the Governor’s Office of Small and Minority Business Assistance website. This site serves as a one-stop shop for those looking for minority-owned businesses or looking to become certified as a minority-owned business.
The Governor’s Office of Small and Minority Business Assistance (OSMBA) connects minority- and women-owned small businesses to State contracting and procurement opportunities through the Material Management Office (MMO), while working with State agencies to implement and monitor minority-contracting programs in accordance with applicable policies, laws, and regulations.
OSMBA also serves as a conduit to the Administration on key issues affecting the small and disadvantaged business communities. This includes taking a lead role in helping stakeholders to develop and implement policies and procedures aimed at increasing participation in State contracting by small, minority- and women-owned businesses.
OSMBA’s staff provides program services to firms on an individual counseling basis as well as workshops. We are responsible for overseeing the efforts of the state agencies as they plan and implement efforts intended to overcome special problems related to MBE participation initiatives.
OSMBA’s technical assistance is comprised of seminar training, one-on-one consultations, MBE goal setting, potential vendor lists, participation reports, and dispute resolution. We also provide assistance for procurement officials, prime suppliers and general contractors to design and implement effective supplier diversity strategies into the procurement and subcontracting process.