DIVERSITY-BASED PROGRAM CONSULTING SERVICES
Nutmeg's Community, Diversity and Outreach Consulting Services provides our clients with more than 25 years of organizational experience to assist them in achieving their goals.
We begin by understanding our client's goals and then assessing their needs to recommend a customized diversity solution. We partner with our clients, we know that we are in this together. That's why we are committed to providing outstanding diversity consulting and expertise. Regardless of the partnership - a strategic diversity plan, executive diversity workshops, a cultural assessment, or coaching, Nutmeg's diversity consulting services brings diversity knowledge and innovation to the situation.
Small, Local, and Diversity-Based Program Development/Administration
Includes the development of strategies for small, local, minority-owned, woman-owned, disabled veteran-owned, disadvantaged, and/or local, business participation on public agency contracts and procurements; detailed program implementation plans, policies, procedures, and operational guidelines; evaluation of existing programs to meet regulatory mandates; industry-specific target group marketing; business/community diversity studies; identification of certified SBE/MBE/WBE/DVBE/DBE firms; referrals to certifying agencies; assistance with the certification process; establishment of Program goals and standards; development of Good Faith Effort (GFE) criteria; evaluation of GFE, bids, and proposals for meeting Program and contractual requirements; development and maintenance of relevant databases; liaison services/coordination with business resource/business assistance centers (chambers of commerce, SBDCs, local U.S. SBA offices, etc.); development of comprehensive compliance programs; compliance monitoring via contractor audits, field inspections, and on-site interviews; recommendation of appropriate actions for willful non-compliance; tracking of Program costs and effectiveness; historical research for program justification; development of executive/annual reports and stakeholder presentations.
Diversity-Based Certification Consulting
Includes research and dissemination of up-to-date information regarding accepted certifications and diversity-based participation programs of major Connecticut public agencies; assistance to companies seeking certification designations such as SBA 8(a), Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), and Woman-owned Business Enterprise (WBE); assessment of applicant’s ownership/control, financial information, and employee base; determination of certification(s) for which the applicant is eligible; assistance with certification document preparation; final review of application package; submittal of certification application to the proper agency(ies) for approval.
Vendor/Supplier Diversity Programs
Includes the development of strategies to attract and retain a diverse pool of vendors and suppliers for contracting and procurement opportunities; detailed program implementation plans; establishment of program policies in conformance with clients’ operational procedures; identification of targeted outreach events, vendor fairs, etc. to recruit qualified businesses; targeted outreach in commodity/service disciplines in need of a larger and/or more diverse vendor/supplier pool; development and maintenance of vendor/supplier databases; development/ tracking of vendor/supplier pre-qualification information to expedite the procurement process; reports on program goals, progress, and results.