Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE)


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Who is Eligible for MWBE Certification? City of Raleigh Construction Projects Look Ahead How to Become a City of Raleigh MWBE Vendor? Resources

The Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Program is specifically designed to advocate and facilitate business growth and provide opportunities for historically underutilized businesses. 

The City’s goal is to contract — and subcontract — 15 percent of the contract amount to Certified MWBEs on construction projects of $300,000 or more (or contracts of $100,000 or more that include any state funding). 

The City of Raleigh encourages and provides equal opportunity for certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) businesses to participate in all aspects of the City’s contracting and procurement programs to include - Professional Services; Goods and Other Services; and Construction. The prime contractor will be required to identify participation of MWBE businesses in their proposal, and how that participation will be achieved.

Find out more about how participating in the MWBE program will benefit your business

Who is Eligible for MWBE Certification?

According to General Statute (143-128.2) a “minority business” is defined as:

  • At least 51 percent owned and controlled by one or more minority persons or socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. The statute also includes corporations in which at least 51% of stock is owned by one or more minority or socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
  • The statute defines the term “minority person” as the following: Black, Hispanic, Asian American, American Indian, Female
  • A "socially and economically disadvantaged individual" is defined by reference to a federal statute (15 U.S. C. § 637). Socially disadvantaged individuals are "those who have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice or cultural bias because of their identity as a member of a group without regard to their individual qualities". Economically disadvantaged individuals "are those socially disadvantaged individuals whose ability to compete in the free enterprise system has been impaired due to diminished capital and credit opportunities as compared to others in the same business that are not socially disadvantaged".
According to General Statute (143-128.2) a “minority business” is defined as:
At least 51 percent owned and controlled by one or more minority persons or socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. The statute also includes corporations in which at least 51% of stock is owned by one or more minority or socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
The statute defines the term “minority person” as the following:
o Black
o Hispanic
o Asian American
o American Indian
o Female
A "socially and economically disadvantaged individual" is defined by reference to a federal statute (15 U.S. C. § 637). Socially disadvantaged individuals are "those who have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice or cultural bias because of their identity as a member of a group without regard to their individual qualities". Economically disadvantaged individuals "are those socially disadvantaged individuals whose ability to compete in the free enterprise system has been impaired due to diminished capital and credit opportunities as compared to others in the same business that are not socially disadvantaged".

City of Raleigh Construction Projects Look Ahead

This 12-18 month look ahead document is designed to assist contractors/subcontractors in planning for upcoming construction opportunities with the City of Raleigh. Project description, projected timeline, and contact information are listed for your convenience.

Construction Projects Look Ahead

View Current Bids, RFPs/RFQs

How to Become a City of Raleigh MWBE Vendor?

1. Certify with one or both of the following agencies:

Agency Mailing Address Contact
NCDOA Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) 1336 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1336
Alisha Puckett
Certification Specialist, 919-807-2433
NCDOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE) 1511 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699
Brandon Lee
DBE Certification Officer, 919-508-1941

 

Registration not only certifies you to do business with the City of Raleigh as a MWBE but also makes you eligible for work with the State of North Carolina.

2. Sign up as a supplier with the City of Raleigh

Once your business is an approved certified MWBE visit the New Supplier Registration section of Supplier Registration and Update Process to sign up. 

 

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