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What is the M/WBE Program and how can it help me?

A: M/WBE stands for the Minority and Women's Business Enterprise Program. M/WBE provides:

  • Assistance in completing the certification process.
  • Assistance in increasing the City of Winston-Salem's knowledge of your firm's product or service and your desire to do business with the city.
  • Training seminars and workshops that are beneficial to minority and woman-owned businesses .
  • Assistance with the resolution of problems and complaints regarding non-compliance with the M/WBE Program.

What type of firm qualifies as a M/WBE?

A: A business which, at a minimum, is 51% owned and controlled by minority groups or women. For the purposes of M/WBE, Minority Business Enterprises group members are African American, Hispanic Americans, Pacific Rim Asian Americans, and American Indian owned businesses. All other American women not included in the above groups are eligible for certification as Women Business Enterprises (WBE) under the M/WBE program.

How are M/WBEs notified of construction, procurement, professional and other services opportunities with the City of Winston-Salem?

A: Certified M/WBEs will receive direct mailings from the Purchasing Department informing them of opportunities within their areas of specialization. Certain notices are advertised in general circulation, trade association, and a minority-focus media. We also post all bid opportunities on our website under the opportunities link.

What can M/WBEs do to increase their participation in the bidding process?

A: These simple steps can increase your opportunities with the City of Winston-Salem.

  • Become certified
  • Attend pre-bid conferences, seminars, and workshops sponsored by the City of Winston-Salem
  • Establish and maintain contacts and relationships with general contractors for potential business
  • Respond promptly to solicitation requests
  • Maintain open communication with the City of Winston-Salem, and notify appropriate departments regarding any changes in your address, telephone number, or scope of work or service offered by your firm.

If I am certified with the state do I still need to be certified with the City of Winston-Salem M/WBE Program?

A: No, the city no longer has a certification program. You must obtain your certification through the State Wide Uniform Certification program administered by the State Historically Underutilized Businesses program.

What is the Davis-Bacon Act and who does it apply to?

A: The Davis-Bacon Acts, apply to contractors and subcontractors performing on federally funded or assisted contracts in excess of $2,000 for the construction, alteration, or repair (including painting and decorating) of public buildings or public works. Davis-Bacon Act and Related Act contractors and subcontractors must pay their laborers and mechanics employed under the contract no less than the prevailing wages and fringe benefits for corresponding work on similar projects in the area. For more information please visit the links below:

Davis-Bacon and Related Acts

The Copeland "Anti-Kickback" Act

Federal Labor Standards HUD Form 4010

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