The program increases opportunities for minority-, women-, and
veteran-owned or small businesses to obtain contracts and
do business with Hudson County.
â€“ Small business owners are the backbone of Hudson Countyâ€™s economy, with data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicating that these enterprises employ more than 307,000 people.
To provide small businesses with more opportunities to successfully participate in the Countyâ€™s procurement processes, the Board of Chosen Freeholders and County Executive Thomas A. DeGise adopted an ordinance establishing a Qualified Minority-, Women-, Veteran-owned Business or Small Business Set-Aside Program, which sets aside 10% of the dollar value of all the Countyâ€™s goods, services and construction contracts to be utilized for qualified small businesses. The ordinance â€“ the first of its kind for Hudson County and the first of its kind in New Jersey â€“ went into effect on January 1st.