Office of Business Opportunity

Disparity Study


As required by Chapter 15 of the City Code of Ordinances, the City shall make its best efforts to initiate a review of its minority and women business enterprise program at least every five years.   Timeliness of a disparity study is critical in order to analyze recent and updated performance of MWSBE’s and to determine the need of remedial programs, if any.  Additionally, a recent study strengthens the legal defensibility to a judicial constitutional challenge of the enacted program.  The Office of Business Opportunity has been charged with leading this endeavor in concert with Colette Holt & Associates, who were approved by the Mayor and City council on August 24, 2016 to be the Consultants for the study.

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If you have any questions, you can contact Arwa Harianawala at or the Consultants at

Current Disparity Study
Please join the City of Houston and its consultant, Colette Holt & Associates, on January 12, 2017 for a Public Meeting about the City’s new Disparity Study. Please attend to learn more about how the Disparity Study will develop findings and recommendations about the City’s efforts to ensure that minority and women-owned businesses have equal access to contracting opportunities and that the City’s current programs remain legally defensible and administratively successful.

Stakeholder Involvement
There are a number of ways stakeholders can be involved and informed. Input collected throughout the study will be considered and incorporated into the final report.

Previous Disparity Studies