Minority / Women’s Business

Update regarding Covid-19:   

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

Upcoming Events

City of Winston-Salem NC HUB Certification Day 2023

Interested in becoming a certified HUB firm? Join us for a NC HUB Certification Day to help minority and woman-owned businesses apply for the Statewide Uniform Certification (SWUC).


SWUC Eligibility: Any business meeting the program standards outlined below is eligible to participate in the SWUC program. The standards are as follows:

  • At least fifty-one percent (51%) of the business is owned by one or more persons who are members of at least one of the following groups: Black, Hispanic, Asian American, American Indian, Female, Disabled, or Disadvantaged. 
  • The management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more owners of the business who are members of at least one of the groups set forth in the groups above.


HUB Certification with N.C. HUB office provides businesses with greater exposure to business opportunities in state procurement and contracting. NC HUB Certification is free and valid for four years.

The State of North Carolina Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) will conduct the web-based training on the dates listed below from 10:00-11:30 AM.

 Thursday, May 25, 2023, Registration deadline: May 24, 2023 

 Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023, Registration deadline: Aug. 23, 2023 

 Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023, Registration deadline: Nov. 8, 2023 

 Attendees will be sent access information to the email address used during registration. 

Registration and Additional Information


Professional and General Services- Is your good faith effort good enough? 

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 standards for judging M/WBE participation efforts.

 The virtual information session will take place on Friday, March 17, 2023, at 6 PM.   

 This workshop will explain policies and procedures so that you are in the best position to win contracts and gain M/WBE participation. Attendees will receive a certificate, good for two years, which can be used on future bids to fulfill one of the ways to document a responsive bid.

Register by Thursday, March 16, 2023.

 Attendees will be sent access information to the email address used during registration. 

 Registration and Additional Information



Understanding M/WBE compliance for Professional, General, and Other Services

 Tuesday, March 28 | 10:00 a.m.

 Topics will include: 

• Required Documentation Overview 

• Bidding Opportunities 

• M/WBE Policies 

• Utilizing the City’s Vendor Listing 

• HUB Certification

 Attendees will be sent access information to the email address used during registration. 

Virtual event via Zoom.

Register by March 27th.  

Registration and Additional Information


City of Winston-Salem M/WBE Information Session

Join the City of Winston-Salem’s Minority and Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Program for a free information session. 

The information session will take place on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at 5:30 PM

 Topics will include:

•    Professional, General, and Other Services Process Overview

•    Construction and Repair Process Overview

•    Bidding opportunities 

•    M/WBE policies

•    Utilizing the City’s Vendor Listing 

•    HUB Certification 

 Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 28th. 

Registration and Additional Information


Overview of Forecasted City Projects Virtual Outreach Event

Thursday, March 30| 6:00 p.m. 

Representatives from City Departments will discuss upcoming city capital projects, including bond projects, planned through 2023.

 Virtual event via Zoom.

Register by March 29th. 

 Attendees will be sent access information to the email address used during registration.

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.