Minority / Women’s Business

Update regarding Covid-19: The M/WBE Program is still active and available despite the suspension of non-essential services and City Hall being closed. Staff is available to  remotely assist M/WBE firms. For any questions regarding the M/WBE Program, please click here for the M/WBE staff contact information.

Upcoming M/WBE Events

Understanding M/WBE Compliance for Professional, General, and Other services

Tuesday, June 2, 2021 1:00 PM  

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 M/WBE requirements for professional, general, and other service related     projects. 

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. 

  1. City Holding Small Business Plan Competition; Information Meeting Scheduled

    The city is holding its Small Business Plan Competition again in 2021 and will hold an online information meeting Tuesday, March 2, for entrepreneurs interested in participating. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Zoom. Read more...
  2. Information Session on Upcoming City Capital Projects

    The city’s M/WBE program and the Office of Business Inclusion and Advancement are holding a virtual information meeting to brief prime contractors and minority- and women-owned businesses about projects that the city expects to put out for bid this year. Read more...
  3. City Sponsoring Estimating & Bidding Seminar for M/WBE Businesses

    “Estimating & Bidding 101,” a free virtual seminar to help minority- and women-owned businesses understand and improve their bidding and estimating process, will be held online using Zoom on Thursday, Feb. 18, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Read more...
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