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
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 if FREE and open to local entrepreneurs. For more information, read the program brochure [pdf].
The winner of the second annual Small Business Plan Contest is Camel City Caravans, a free downtown shuttle. This company was one of dozens that entered the contest with hopes of winning 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 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
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.