doc marten shoes PA Dep’t of General Services wants to help minority small
The state of Pennsylvania is trying to find out if it buying from and contracting with enough companies owned by minorities. PA Department of General Services want small business owners to know there is money out there, and a new study and state tour will make sure enough diverse businesses get in for the taking.
The Dept. of General Services comes to Erie to find out what minority small business owners need to succeed as the state initiates a disparity study to improve its record in contracting with small diverse businesses.
Deputy Secretary Kerry Kirkland, of Diversity, Inclusion, and Small Business Opportunities, says, “I think what the governor intentions are is to make sure that we have a very strong minority business community in every region of this Commonwealth so that there is a benefit to all Pennsylvanians”.
State Officials are traveling the state to meet with minority business owners, people like Casey Bishop. 32 year old Bishop is a success story from Erie Eastside pushing past challenges and starting his own landscaping company,
KC Larry Landscaping, from scratch. “My mom doesn own a home and my dad didn own landscaping equipment for me to start this stuff, so I started it all myself and kept going from there”.
Casey had some run ins with the law in the past and faced drug charges, but knowing that his history could hinder his future, he decided to start his own business and inspire local youth. “A lot of people only see the bad things, they don see the good things or where we come from so I just wanted to show that you can do good things from a bad environment”. Bishop hopes to continue growing and he here to find out how the state can help.
Secretary of the Department of General Services, Curt Topper, says,
“Small businesses success here in Pennsylvania is critical to our overall economic growth and that why we are here”. Topper says the Commonwealth as an enterprise does about $4.5 billion a year worth of goods and services and he wants these local business owners to know how to compete for that business. Money to ease the pain of growing a small business.