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, 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 North Carolina MWBE Coordinator’s Network Quarterly Meeting will be held on June 30, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm. This event is hosted by the City of Winston Salem and Winston Salem State University. It will take place at 525 Vine Street inside of the Small Business Center at Forsyth Technical Community College at Innovation Quarter. Members are free and the cost for non-members is $40. Register today at www.mwbenetwork.org.

  • 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 [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.

Latest News

Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Minority/Women’s Business Enterprise Division - Aug. 4, 2015 The city is soliciting eligible businesses to apply for S...

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