RESOLUTION NO. 3618 

 

A RESOLUTION 

of the Port Commission of the Port of Seattle 

establishing a program to develop mutually advantageous business 
relationships with small businesses including those owned and 
operated by people of color, women, people with disabilities, 
veterans and the socio-economically disadvantaged.

 

 

WHEREAS,

 nationally, 99.7% of all employer firms are small businesses and have generated 60-80% of 

net new jobs annually over the last decade (US Department of Commerce, 2007); and  
 

WHEREAS,

 King County is home to nearly 60,000 small businesses and about 57,000 or 96% are 

businesses with less than 100 employees (Seattle Foundation, 2006); and  
 

WHEREAS,

 in 2007, the Port of Seattle (“Port”) spent $53.6 million on service and construction 

contracts with small businesses located within the state, and these purchases from small businesses 
supported 366 jobs within the state with a total salary and wage impact of $16.9 million (Port Economic 
Impact Study); and  
 

WHEREAS,

 within King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish Counties, there are approximately 31,600 minority 

owned businesses, generating $8.8 billion in sales, and employing 62,300 people (Prosperity Partnership, 
2008); and 
 

WHEREAS,

 while the number of minority-owned small businesses is growing at a faster rate than 

Caucasian-owned small businesses, minority-owned businesses earns one third of the average Caucasian-
owned business (University of Washington Minority Small Business Survey, 2008); and 
 

WHEREAS,

 according to the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) between 1997 and 2006, the 

number of women-owned firms grew by nearly two times the rate of all U.S. privately-held firms; and 
 

WHEREAS,

 minority and women-owned businesses did not meet expected growth in employee size in 

the years since the passage of I-200 compared with other states with affirmative procurement programs, 
according to a five-state study by INSIGHT Center for Community Economic Development (2007); and 
 

WHEREAS,

 it is in the Port‟s economic interest and social responsibility to encourage competition 

within the supply chain to increase the pool of qualified vendors; and 
 

WHEREAS,

 the Port established the Office of Social Responsibility (“OSR”) in 2008, with a main focus 

on assisting small businesses and to engage community and stakeholders to inspire commitment and 
assure that all Port business actions are conducted within the framework of socially responsible values 
such as fairness, inclusion, openness, and economic development; and 
 

WHEREAS,

 the Port is committed to further increase the utilization of small business through enhanced 

transparency and accountability and to protect equal opportunity in all areas of business; 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED

, by the Port Commission of the Port of Seattle as follows: 

 
 
 
 
 

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