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
September 20, 2017: The City of Winston Salem will host a free workshop for general contractors who bid on formal construction projects to review the standards for judging M/WBE subcontracting efforts. The workshop will explain the changes in policies and procedures so that you are in the best position to win contracts and gain M/WBE participation. The event will take place in City Hall Room 239, 101 N. Main St. Winston Salem, NC 27101.
View "Is Your Good Faith Effort Good Enough?" flier [pdf/1p]
Lunch is provided. Please RSVP by September 18th to Hasani Mitchell at email@example.com or by phone at 336-747-7459.
Contact Tiesha Hinton at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 336-734-1262 for more information.
May 17 - 18, 2017: The City of Winston Salem, in partnership with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and the Institute, will be hosting a FREE two-evening seminar for Minority and Woman-Owned Business (M/WBE) contractors. The seminar will cover an array of topics related to bidding and estimating. The event will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, May 17 - 18, 2017 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Enterprise Center, 1922 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27107.
Space is limited, reserve your spot today at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bidding-estimating-101-tickets-33997022008.
For more information contact: Hasani Mitchell at 336-747-7459 or by email at email@example.com.
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]
- 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 2017 [pdf/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. Read Goods and Services examples [pdf/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;
- evaluating good faith efforts of contractors;
The committee meets two Tuesday's before the first Monday of each month at 4:30 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.
M/WBE Annual Report
The City of Winston-Salem regularly tracks M/WBE spending in four categories: (1) Construction & Repair; (2) Subcontracting; (3) Procurement Card Spending; and (4) Materials & Services.
MWBE Annual Report FY 15-16 [pdf/2p]
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.