|Review the City's new Minority and Women's Business Enterprise Program plan for construction, professional services, goods and other services, which went into effect January 1. The City is continuously reviewing its procedures and will propose changes/updates to this plan in the coming months for City Council review.
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 of Greensboro 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.
Why does our City need the M/WBE?
The City of Greensboro 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 to 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. Please contact us for assistance at 336-373-2947.
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.
M/WBE certification is now handled by NC Department of Administration's Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB). When you become state certified with the M/WBE program, you put your company on a level playing field with other companies who want to bid on contracts with the City.
To learn more about the statewide certification process view What is North Carolina HUB Certification? and How to Get HUB Certified or visit the office's website. Simply click on Request HUB Certification, then Vendor Registration, and follow the site's directions from there. Paperwork will be required and should be sent directly to HUB's office in Raleigh. For more information, call 919-807-2330. The City of Greensboro can provide technical assistance in completing your certification. To request this assistance contact the Economic Development & Business Support Office at 336-373-4624.
Companies interested in applying to become a certified M/WBE business must:
- Demonstrate at least 51 percent ownership and control on a day-to-day basis by a woman or minority, including African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian American, disabled, or socially or economically disadvantaged
- Complete a detailed application
- Provide ample documentation to support the claim of a minority- or woman-owned business
- Be available for a personal interview or site visit, if requested.
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