Minority and Women Business Enterprise Program

group of peopleWelcome! 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, and assistance with the resolution of problems and complaints relating to the M/WBE program. 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, go to our Bid Opportunities page.

News and Updates

The M/WBE Office is currently evaluating the M/WBE Program to learn what services and support are most needed by the M/WBE community. We are asking M/WBE firms in the Winston-Salem area to complete a brief survey to share your opinion on how we may better serve you. The survey will only take approximately 10 minutes to complete. All surveys are confidential and your identity will be protected. The survey will close on Friday, September 19, 2014. To take the survey please go to the Online Survey. 

The second annual Small Business Plan Contest is underway. The contest provides participants the opportunity to develop their business concepts and business plans with the assistance of the Development staff. The winner will receive up to $10,000 in startup money and other perks. If you are interested in the competition, go to the Small Business Plan Contest.

Watch our new Let's Do Business [video] show on WSTV-13 to learn more about our program and M/WBE businesses in the community. 

Read our new Let's Do Business Newsletter for Winter 2013 to learn about the M/WBE and Small Business Programs.

Read our M/WBE Annual Report [pdf] for FY2012-2013 to learn how the M/WBE program did last year. 


Calendar of Opportunities

September 2014 M/WBE Calendar [pdf]  

Examples of Goods & Services the City uses during the year

Goods and Services examples [pdf/] 

M/WBE Business Certification

The State of North Carolina, through its HUB Office, is now the certifying agency for the state. The City of Winston-Salem no longer certifies businesses as minority- or women-owned. If you wish to certify your business, the M/WBE Certification page will help you learn more about the certification process.


MWBE Citizen Advisory Committee

The M/WBE Citizen Advisory Committee sets M/WBE participation goals on City construction projects and evaluates the Good Faith Efforts of general contractors to meet those goals. The committee meets the second to last Tuesday of every month, as needed.  If interested in volunteering, please contact the Mayor's Office  for more information.

Section 3 Business Application

The City of Winston-Salem certifies businesses as Section 3 eligible for projects federally funded by HUD. Businesses wishing to be certified under the Federal Government Section 3 guidelines must visit our office. To learn more about the program see the M/WBE Section 3 page.

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