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
On November 10, 2015, small business contractors are invited to the Forsyth Tech Small Business Center, 525 @ Vine Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. NCDOT Representative will share with participants how their business may become a certified DBE, SBE, MBE, WBE or Pre-qualified vendor/supplier with NCDOT. Online registration is required to reserve a space. Becoming A Certified BusinessWith NCDOT.pdf
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 2015 final.pdf
Calendar of Opportunities
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.