The city's M/WBE program is designed to assist minority- and women-owned business enterprises in providing goods and services to the city. In addition, the program provides workshops and seminars for minority- and women-owned businesses. You do not have to be a certified minority company to do 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.
News and Updates
- Start your New Year off at the 2017 Winston-Salem Mixer!!! SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This is a networking event for minority and woman-owned businesses to learn about opportunities to do business with the City of Winston-Salem and local contractors. The event is hosted by the City of Winston-Salem's M/WBE Program and in partnership with the Winston-Salem Black Chamber of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, the FTCC Small Business Center, and Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. MWBE Mixer - Save the Date [pdf/1mb/1p]
The City of Winston-Salem regularly tracks M/WBE spending in four categories: Construction & Repair; Subcontracting Activity; Procurement Card Spending; and Materials and Services. MWBE Annual Report FY 15-16 [pdf/1mb/2p]
- Interested in starting a new business? Currently own a business but need to brush up on some skills? Learn how to successfully plan, open and operate a business at our Small Business Training Program. Weekly topics in the 8-week course include marketing, legal issues, insurance, bookkeeping and taxes, as well as writing a business plan. The class is FREE and open to local entrepreneurs. For more information, read the Business Training Course Brochure 2016 [pdf/1mb/2p]
Examples of Goods & Services
The City of Winston-Salem actively seeks and identifies qualified M/WBE's 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. Please view the attached document for examples of goods and services purchased by city Departments in an average year. Goods and Services examples [pdf/275kb/7p]
State of North Carolina Office for Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Certification
If you wish to certify your business, the M/WBE Certification page will help you learn more about the certification process.
M/WBE Citizen Advisory Committee
The M/WBE Citizen Advisory Committee is charged with the responsibility of:
- reviewing the City's M/WBE program;
- making periodic reports and recommendations to the City Council regarding program enhancements;
- making recommendations to the Council with regard to M/WBE goals on specific projects;
- evaluating good faith efforts of contractors;
The committee meets two Tuesday's before the first Monday of each month at 4:00 pm. If interested in volunteering, please contact the Mayor's Office for more information.
The M/WBE Advisory Committee visited the Benton Convention Center in August 2016 to see the progress of renovations.
Section 3 Business Application
The City of Winston-Salem certifies businesses as Section 3 eligible for projects federally funded by HUD. To learn more about the program see the M/WBE Section 3 page.