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

  • Start your New Year off at the 2017 M/WBE 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]
  • The City of Winston-Salem regularly tracks M/WBE spending in four categories: Construction & Repair; Subcontracting Activity; Procurement Card Spending; and Materials and Services. MWBE Annual Report FY 15-16 [pdf/1mb/2p]
  • 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 2016 [pdf/1mb/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. Goods and Services examples [pdf/275kb/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;
  • making recommendations to the Council with regard to M/WBE goals on specific projects;
  • evaluating good faith efforts of contractors;

The committee meets two Tuesday's before the first Monday of each month at 4:00 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

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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