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Terms of Service

By using or visiting the OMWBE website (the "Website"), you agree to these terms and conditions (the "Terms").

A. Outside Information

All information regarding training, education, bids, RFPs, RFQs, and other proposals for contracts provided by outside agencies and businesses is NOT verified by The Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises ("OMWBE").

B. Links

The Website may contain links to third party websites that are not owned or controlled by OMWBE. The links to the third party websites are provided for your convenience, and the inclusion of the links does not imply approval or endorsement of the third party websites by OMWBE.  OMWBE has no control over, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third party websites. Neither the State of Washington, nor any agency, officer, or employee of the State of Washington warrants the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information published by this system, nor endorses any content, viewpoints, products, or services linked from this system, and shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of such information. Portions of such information may be incorrect or not current. Any person or entity that relies on any information obtained from this system does so at their own risk.

C. Privacy Policy

BROWSING ONLY If you do nothing during your visit to our web site but browse, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store the following information about your visit:

  1. The Internet Protocol Address and domain name used. The Internet Protocol address is a numerical identifier assigned either to your Internet service provider or directly to your computer. We use the Internet Protocol Address to direct Internet traffic to you. This address can be translated to determine the domain name of your service provider (e.g. xcompany.com or yourschool.edu);
  2. The type of browser and operating system you used;
  3. The date and time you visited this site;
  4. The web pages or services you accessed at this site; and
  5. The web site you visited prior to coming to this web site.

The information we automatically collect or store is logged and used by OMWBE only to improve the content of our web services and to help us understand how people are using our services. OMWBE analyzes this information to determine how our web site is being used, so that we may continually improve the site's usefulness to the public. FORM SUBMISSION If during your visit to our web site you participate in a survey, send an email, or perform some other transaction online, the following additional information will be collected:

  1. The email address, and contents of email, for those who communicate with us via email.
  2. Information volunteered through an online form for any other purpose.

We use your email to respond directly to you, to address issues you identify in your email, to further improve our web site, or to forward to another agency for appropriate action. Information from an online form is used to respond directly to you to address issues you have identified, to forward information to other agencies for response or to understand how people are using our services. If personal information is requested on the web site or volunteered by the user, state law and the federal Privacy Act of 1974 may protect it. However, this information is a public record once you provide it, and may be subject to public inspection and copying if not protected by state or federal law. If you believe that your personal/private information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, you may contact OMWBE directly.

D. Public Records

In Washington, laws exist to ensure that state government is open and that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed by state government. At the same time, there are exceptions to the public's right to access public records that serve various needs, including the privacy of individuals. Exceptions are provided by both state and federal laws. All of the information collected at this site becomes public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by members of the public, unless an exemption in law exists. Each agency, in accordance with published rules, shall make available for public inspection and copying all public records, unless the record falls within the specific exemptions of *subsection (6) of this section, this chapter, or other statute which exempts or prohibits disclosure of specific information or records. To the extent required to prevent an unreasonable invasion of personal privacy interests protected by this chapter, an agency shall delete identifying details in a manner consistent with this chapter when it makes available or publishes any public record; however, in each case, the justification for the deletion shall be explained fully in writing. In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and the Public Records Act or other law governing the agency’s disclosure of records, the Public Records Act or other applicable law will control the release of information.

E.  Hold Harmless

By using this information you agree that it is your sole responsibility to verify the accuracy of all claims and perform your own due diligence to your own satisfaction.  OMWBE will not be responsible for damages financial or otherwise to you and/or associates resulting from information listed on this site. As a user of this site, you hereby agree to hold harmless, defend, and indemnify the State of Washington and OMWBE from any and all liability, damages, and/or claims resulting from your use and/or receipt of information from this site.

F.  Use of Logos

For more information please visit Use of Logos Page.