Level Playing Field

Level Playing Field Update Survey Proposal

Problem Brief

Redlining is the practice of denying, or charging more for, services such as banking, insurance, access to health care, sustainable jobs, corporate contracts, or even healthy food supply often found in racially determined areas.  Although the upshot of such activity is not necessarily racial motivated, the decay of neglected urban neighborhoods and prevails still today, just as it did intentionally some fifty years ago.  for example, we just experienced a severe line of attack perpetrated on underserved United States citizens who lost homes in the end all due to predatory lending practices for residential mortgages.

Where there are large numbers of minority residents living in a geographically define zone or area the appearance of commercial disinvestment prevails. for instance, provisions of appropriate property insurance is critical to such communities, however, residents of minority communities have been discouraged while residents of predominantly white neighborhoods have been encouraged to do business with insurance agents.  Allstate uses a black celebrity as a product endorsement specialist, and Progressive uses a women to lead its advertisements and branding campaign, as one could draw the conclusion that gender/racial discrimination does not exist in the modern day insurance industry.  On the other hand, this traditional industry has not initiated or affected change in relationship to bringing the standards and quality of living to a viable level of redevelopment for urban communities that were maliciously disregarded by means of their own devious business strategies, not more than fifty years ago.

The complementary public and private sector business representatives played along with this foundation of community building deterrence to the point of being an active participant in the denial of access to opportunities.

Consideration

To broaden an assessment of the current trends relating to the fair access to participating in contract opportunities, business expansion measures, or commercial retention efforts a survey should be considered to report on the prevailing attitudes and perceptions from black entrepreneurs.  The broad idea for completing a survey is to help ensure that our societal aim toward developing a more perfect union is moving more toward a level playing field in the area of contract engagement.  Accordingly we should periodically review the grounds of perceived fairness.

We realize that each player is not equal in their performance factors, however, every player on the field of product/service delivery should be subject to same set of rules.  Socioeconomic development programs are in place for the public and private sectors to oversee that the most minimal interference of bias is in active and the ability of the business players are equally able to compete fairly for all purchasing opportunities.

This states ow we have embarked on a huge leveling of the playing field and it has nothing to do with gender, ethnicity, race, creed, religion, or color.  The Marketplace Fairness Act grants governmental authority to compel online and catalog retailers (“remote sellers”), no matter where they are located, to collect sales tax at the time of a transaction – exactly like local retailers are already required to do.  So using this as a current example of surveying what’s wrong and fixing it toward a more level playing field, whether that field of play requires insurance, bonding, building code adherence, material specifications, zoning restrictions, packaging standards, and the like, it is the fundamental starting point that every business should have to be included equally.  The US can document considerable improvement in contracting notifications, qualifications, standardizations, and evaluations.  Whereas, the ethnic and gender inclusion is highly improved than that of fifty years ago, so the obvious question is how much more level is the playing field for today’s business participants, whether real or perceived.

Overall, considerable financial investment is made annually toward fairness and outreach contracting programs.  If you ask some business owners you may elicit a response that too much time and resources are applied to fairness and diversity programs, where the public and private sector procurement management personnel have an “indolence problem” rather than an “inclusion problem.”  Public and private sector procurement personnel are continually faced with placing items out to bid and if they are not energetic with recruitment of talented and price worthy candidates then their lack of community involvement falls short and they tend to revert to the same business groups (good old boys) who have done it over and over again with little reason to do it better, faster, or cheaper.  Consequently, laziness is becomes the possessor of business exclusion, where it would not be borne by racism, bigotry, or hate of another group to come in and do the job.  It is just that sometimes procurement personnel are ill-equipped to make change and may not possess the best resources to select the products/services needed for their operation and must depend on past successes.

General Outcome of Level Playing Field Update Survey

  • To discover gaps in diversity program deliver systems
  • To gather current feedback on business-to-business contracting satisfaction
  • To strengthen public/private sector small business relationships
  • To assess the mood and tenor of black business entrepreneurs, i.e. how well do they appreciate outreach programs and contracting processes
  • To ascertain the level of diversity program perceived sincerity and trustworthiness
  • To learn about how contracts have expanded black businesses and job creation
  • To better assess the products and services offered by black businesses enterprises participating in public/private sector contracting programs
  • To discover the long-term goals of black business owners and if they are on track to achieve those goals
  • To learn how well did diversity managers help in the process of securing access to contracting opportunities
  • To determine how closely black business owners follow the announced rules and regulations
  • To see how likely black businesses are likely to use products and services offered by those companies participating in diversity outreach efforts
  • To gain a feel on how likely black businesses are encouraged to share with other aspiring entrepreneurs the avenues of public/private sector contracting programs

prospective survey sponsors

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