The City promotes inclusive bidding through the M/WBE program, using its economic power of purchasing to extend contract opportunities to all interested companies. Encouraging minority- and woman-owned companies to bid on City contracts increases competition, stimulates the local economy, and helps ensure diligent use of public funds.
Through the M/WBE program, the City provides minorities and women equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of City contracting and purchasing programs, and prohibits discrimination against a person or business
in pursuit of these opportunities on the basis of race, color, sex, religion or national origin.
Contact us for Assistance
In person: Room 149, Melvin Municipal Office Building, 300 W. Washington St.
Office Hours: 8 am to 5 pm Mondays through Fridays.
Why does our City need M/WBE?
The City recognizes that businesses have different needs. By providing education and technical assistance to minority- and women-owned firms, the City opens bid opportunities to all businesses.
Economic development through inclusion
The mission of the City's M/WBE program is to promote equality of economic opportunities for M/WBEs and eliminate barriers to their participation in City contracts. The M/WBE program is committed to achieving City Council's vision for increasing opportunities for M/WBEs by providing increased knowledge about City projects, greater access to project managers, and links to resource networks that help assist your business.
Return on investment
Research shows that minority- and women-owned firms tend to employ a larger number of women and minorities. The quality and diversity of goods and services offered by these firms and their growth equals greater economic expansion, more jobs, and increased revenue, all of which add to our tax base. It’s an investment in the future of our city.