Minority / Women’s Business

Update regarding Covid-19:   

The M/WBE Program is still active and available. Staff is available to remotely assist M/WBE firms. For any questions regarding the M/WBE Program, please contact Jakira Westbrook.

Upcoming Events

RFP/RFQ M/WBE Compliance Information Session

Join the City of Winston-Salem's Office of Business Inclusion & Advancement Minority and Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Program for free web-based workshop to discuss the requirements for Professional, General, and Other Service contracts.

The virtual information session will take place on Thursday, June 23,2022 at 1 PM. 

Registration and Additional Information


NC Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Certification Day

The State of North Carolina Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) will conduct a web-based training to help minority and woman-owned businesses obtain the Statewide Uniform Certification (SWUC). The State of North Carolina Office for Historically Underutilized Business application for Statewide Uniform Certification (SWUC) and list of new certification required documents are attached.

The virtual event will take place Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at 10 AM via Zoom.

Registration and Additional Information


Minority & Women Business Enterprise Program

The purpose of the M/WBE Program is to: 

  1. Formally communicate the City’s policy regarding non-discrimination in its procurement practices.
  2. 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.

To locate certified minority and women-owned businesses in the Winston-Salem area, go to our Resources Page. To learn about upcoming bids and other important business opportunities, please visit the Working with the City of Winston-Salem Page Picture of Services

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.