FAQ for Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE)

Q: How do I become a certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) with the City of Raleigh?
A: The City of Raleigh is not a certification entity; however, we recognize NCDOA/HUB and NCDOT/DBE certification programs and can assist in the process. For more information, please visit MWBE Upcoming Projects and Eligibility. 

Q: How can I contact the MWBE Program for additional information?
A:  Email: mwbe@raleighnc.gov.

Q: Does my business have to be NCDOA/HUB or NCDOT/DBE certified to do business with the City of Raleigh?
A: No.

Q: Why should I get my business NCDOA/HUB or NCDOT/DBE certified?
A: For construction and repair projects of $300,000 or more, Prime bidders are required to perform Good Faith Efforts to solicit certified MWBE firms to achieve the City’s 15% participation goal.

Q: Does my business have to be registered as a City of Raleigh Supplier or Vendor?
A: Firms that contract directly with the City of Raleigh are required to register as a City supplier or vendor. Please contact the MWBE staff with any questions. 

Q: What are the benefits of the City of Raleigh MWBE Program:
A:  Please visit our webpage to view a list of benefits. 

Q: My business is registered with the North Carolina Secretary of State. Do I still need to certify with the NCDOA HUB office?
A: Yes, The Secretary of State does not certify MWBE firms. The organizations that certify MWBE firms are NCDOA/HUB and NCDOA/DBE. Please see our MWBE Upcoming Projects and Eligibility. 

Q: I have questions regarding my certification application. Who do I contact?
A:  NCDOA/HUB # 984-236-0130 and NCDOT/DBE # 919-508-1941

Q: Does my business have to be in North Carolina in order to be certified?
A:  No, but please contact the certifying entities for more information.

Q:  Is there a directory for certified MWBE firms?
A:  Yes, here ae two online directories:



Office Phone: 

MWBE Program Manager:
Lekesha R. Shaw

MWBE Coordinators:
Maria A. Torres
Pam Adderley
Alisha Puckett

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