Counting on controversy .

Debate rages over 2000 census and statistical sampling

to trying innovative strategies to address the minority undercount,” Miller wrote.

As the debate rages, minority entrepreneurs will want to be counted among the number of businesses winning lucrative census contracts. Services required to conduct the census include computer support, printing and telephone questionnaire assistance. “This is a $4 billion enterprise,” says Mallett, “and we intend to procure somewhere in the neighborhood of $750 million worth of goods and services.”

Those interested in contracting opportunities should contact the Census Bureau at 301-457-1831, or Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency at 202-4825061. Both can be found on the Census Bureau’s Web site:

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