Minority and Women Business Enterprise Program

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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

City of Winston Salem Disparity Study

The City has embarked on a Disparity Study, led by MGT Consulting Group, to determine if disparities between the utilization and availability of minority and woman-owned businesses exist in the City's relevant marketplace. MGT will be examining expenditures for the time frame July 1, 2013 through June 30,2018 (FY 14-18). Please visit wsdisparity.com to learn more and see how you can participate.  

SAVE THE DATE: 5th Annual Winston Salem MWBE Mixer Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Enterprise Center S.G. Atkins CDC. The MWBE Mixer is a networking event for minority and woman-owned businesses to learn about opportunities to do business with the city and local contractors. In conjunction with National Small Business Week.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 and the FTCC Small Business Center.

View 5th Annual MWBE Mixer Save the Date flier [pdf/1p]

March 21, 2019: The City of Winston Salem's Office of Business Inclusion & Advancement will be hosting a Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Certification Day. 

Certification with the state HUB office provides businesses with greater exposure to business opportunities in state procurement and contracting. All HUB-certified businesses are listed in the Vendor Link System, which is widely used by state agencies, universities, community colleges, local schools, local governments and institutions and the public to locate historically underutilized businesses for goods, services and construction. The City’s M/WBE staff would love to assist you with certifying or re-certifying with the State of North Carolina. HUB Certification is free and valid for four years.

This event will take place on Thursday, March 21 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at the Lowery Street Facility Suite 150-Employee Health Classroom located at 2000 Lowery Street, Winston Salem, NC 27101.

View "2019 HUB Certification Day" flier [pdf/1p]

Register by March 20 via email to Hasani Mitchell at hasanim@cityofws.org or by phone at 336-747-7459.

March 28, 2019: The Office of Business Inclusion & Advancement will be hosting a free workshop to discuss what constitutes the good faith efforts of firms submitting proposals for city contracts that have M/WBE participation goals. The workshop is designed for engineers, designers, and consultants who submit a proposal, letter of interest, and/or bid for professional and general/other services estimated to cost more than $20,000.

There will be two identical sessions on Thursday, March 28 at the Lowery Street Facility located at 2000 Lowery Street, Winston Salem, NC 27101. The first session is from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and the second session is from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

View "2019 Workshop for Professional and General Services" flier [pdf/1p]

Space is limited. Register by March 26 via email to Hasani Mitchell at or by phone 336-747-7459.

May 21, 2018: The City of Winston Salem, which includes City/County Utilities, has recently enhanced its evaluation criteria for all businesses submitting proposals for city contracts. The Office of Business Inclusion & Advancement will be hosting a free workshop to discuss the changes which impact any proposal, letter of interest, and/or bid for professional and general/other services estimated to cost more than $20,000. 

This workshop will explain the changes in the policies and procedures to put you in the best position to win contracts and gain M/WBE participation. Topics include but are not limited to the following: Good Faith Efforts, Forms and Affidavits to be submitted with proposals, Evaluation Criteria, and Historically Underutilized Business certification requirements.

There will be two identical sessions on Monday May 21 at the Lowery Street Facility located at 2000 Lowery Street, Winston Salem, NC 27101. The first session is from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and the second session is from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

View "Workshop for Professional and General Services" flier [pdf/1p]

Space is limited. Register by May 17th via email to Tiesha Hinton at or by phone 336-734-1262.



  • 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.

Committee members inside the convention center committee standing by equipment
inside the construction area looking inside the convention center

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 17-18 [pdf]

MWBE Annual Report FY 16-17 [pdf/2p]

MWBE Annual Report FY 15-16 [pdf]

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