Minority and Women Business Enterprise Program

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The city's M/WBE program is designed to assist minority- and women-owned business enterprises in providing goods and services to the city. In addition, the program provides workshops and seminars for minority- and women-owned businesses. You do not have to be a certified minority company to do business with the City of Winston-Salem but the certification will improve your chances to participate on city contracts.

To locate certified minority and women-owned businesses in the Winston-Salem area, go to our M/WBE Businesses page. To learn about upcoming bids and other important business opportunities, please visit the Bid Opportunities page.

News and Updates

May 21, 2018: The City of Winston Salem, which includes City/County Utilities, has recently enhanced its evaluation criteria for all businesses submitting proposals for city contracts. The Office of Business Inclusion & Advancement will be hosting a free workshop to discuss the changes which impact any proposal, letter of interest, and/or bid for professional and general/other services estimated to cost more than $20,000. 

This workshop will explain the changes in the policies and procedures to put you in the best position to win contracts and gain M/WBE participation. Topics include but are not limited to the following: Good Faith Efforts, Forms and Affidavits to be submitted with proposals, Evaluation Criteria, and Historically Underutilized Business certification requirements.

There will be two identical sessions on Monday May 21 at the Lowery Street Facility located at 2000 Lowery Street, Winston Salem, NC 27101. The first session is from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and the second session is from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

View "Workshop for Professional and General Services" flier [pdf/1p]

Space is limited. Register by May 17th via email to Tiesha Hinton at or by phone 336-734-1262.

November 9, 2017: The City of Winston Salem is holding a Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Certification Day to help minority- and woman-owned businesses apply for certification with the state Office of Historically Underutilized Businesses. Certification with the state HUB office provides businesses with greater exposure to business opportunities in state procurement and contracting. This event will take place from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at: The City of Winston Salem Lowery Street facility Suite 150-Employee Health Classroom, 2000 Lowery St., Winston Salem, NC 27101.

View "HUB Certification Day 2017" flier [pdf]

Please RSVP by November 7th to or by phone at 336-747-7459.

September 20, 2017: The City of Winston Salem will host a free workshop for general contractors who bid on formal construction projects to review the standards for judging M/WBE subcontracting efforts. The workshop will explain the changes in policies and procedures so that you are in the best position to win contracts and gain M/WBE participation. The event will take place in City Hall Room 239, 101 N. Main St. Winston Salem, NC 27101. 

View "Is Your Good Faith Effort Good Enough?" flier [pdf/1p]

Lunch is provided. Please RSVP by September 18th to Hasani Mitchell at or by phone at 336-747-7459.

Contact Tiesha Hinton at or by phone 336-734-1262 for more information.


May 17 - 18, 2017:  The City of Winston Salem, in partnership with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and the Institute, will be hosting a FREE two-evening seminar for Minority and Woman-Owned Business (M/WBE) contractors.  The seminar will cover an array of topics related to bidding and estimating.  The event will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, May 17 - 18, 2017 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Enterprise Center, 1922 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Winston-Salem, NC  27107.

Space is limited, reserve your spot today at eventbrite.com

For more information contact:  Hasani Mitchell at 336-747-7459 or by email at .


Start your New Year off at the 2017 Winston-Salem Mixer!!! SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This is a networking event for minority and woman-owned businesses to learn about opportunities to do business with the City of Winston-Salem and local contractors. The event is hosted by the City of Winston-Salem's M/WBE Program and in partnership with the Winston-Salem Black Chamber of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, the FTCC Small Business Center, and Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. MWBE Mixer - Save the Date [pdf/1mb/1p]


  • Interested in starting a new business? Currently own a business but need to brush up on some skills? Learn how to successfully plan, open and operate a business at our Small Business Training Program. Weekly topics in the 8-week course include marketing, legal issues, insurance, bookkeeping and taxes, as well as writing a business plan. The class is FREE and open to local entrepreneurs. For more information, read the Business Training Course Brochure 2017 [pdf/2p].

Examples of Goods & Services

The City of Winston-Salem actively seeks and identifies qualified M/WBE's to offer the opportunity to participate as providers of goods and services to our various departments. The City of Winston-Salem is committed to spending funds within the local economy to show its support of M/WBEs. The City of Winston-Salem accomplishes this by requiring local vendors to be used, if available, for all discretionary spending under $20,000. Local M/WBE vendors must also be given the opportunity to bid/propose on the project. Please view the attached document for examples of goods and services purchased by city Departments in an average year. Read Goods and Services examples [pdf/7p].

State of North Carolina Office for Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Certification

If you wish to certify your business, the M/WBE Certification page will help you learn more about the certification process.

M/WBE Citizen Advisory Committee

The M/WBE Citizen Advisory Committee is charged with the responsibility of:

  • reviewing the City's M/WBE program;
  • making periodic reports and recommendations to the City Council regarding program enhancements;  
  • evaluating good faith efforts of contractors;

The committee meets two Tuesday's before the first Monday of each month at 4:30 pm. If interested in volunteering, please contact the Mayor's Office for more information.

The M/WBE Advisory Committee visited the Benton Convention Center in August 2016 to see the progress of renovations.

Committee members inside the convention center committee standing by equipment
inside the construction area looking inside the convention center

M/WBE Annual Report

The City of Winston-Salem regularly tracks M/WBE spending in four categories: (1) Construction & Repair; (2) Subcontracting; (3) Procurement Card Spending; and (4) Materials & Services.

MWBE Annual Report FY 16-17 [pdf/2p]

MWBE Annual Report FY 15-16 [pdf]

Section 3 Business Application

The City of Winston-Salem certifies businesses as Section 3 eligible for projects federally funded by HUD.  To learn more about the program see the M/WBE Section 3 page.

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