Councilman proposes change to Philly bidding system to boost small businesses

Philadelphia Councilman Derek Green wants to make it easier for small businesses to win contracts with the city.

“This would help us to keep dollars in the city of Philadelphia, in our small businesses, in our commercial corridors, which helps us address poverty,” said Green, who is up for re-election this year and has tried to craft a reputation as a regulation-cutting advocate for small businesses.

The bill would lower the barrier to entry for small contracts, increasing the maximum dollar amount that would trigger the formal request for proposal process, which Green said small and minority-owned businesses have found difficult to compete within.

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