Minority / Women’s Business

Minority & Women Business Enterprise Program

The purposes of the M/WBE Program are to:

  1. Formally communicate the City's policy regarding non-discrimination in its procurement practices.
  2. Outline the procedures that will be used to ensure that our current and future purchasing practices.
  3. Provide to the fullest extent possible, consistent with sound management practices, and state and federal laws, opportunities for participation by firms owned and controlled by minorities and women.

In addition, the program provides workshops and seminars for minority- and women-owned businesses. You do not have to be a certified minority company todo 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.

Examples of Goods & Services

The City of Winston-Salem actively seeks and identifies qualified M/WBEs 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. Here are some examples of the varying types of goods and services the City purchases. 

  1. Information Session on Upcoming City Capital Projects

    The city’s M/WBE Division and the Access Center for Equity & Success are holding an information session and networking opportunity Thursday, Dec. 12, to brief minority- and women-owned businesses about upcoming projects that the city will put out for bid. Read more...
  2. Winston-Salem M/WBE Mixer

    View the 2019 edition of the Winston-Salem M/WBE Mixer! Read more...
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