Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE)

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The Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Program advocates actions, which increases opportunities for historically underutilized businesses and promotes diversity and inclusion in City of Raleigh contracting.

The City has an aspirational goal of 15 percent of the total contract amount to be performed by MWBE businesses on construction and repair projects of $300,000 or more, and contracts of $100,000 or more that include any State funding.   

MWBE Benefits & Resources

Benefits of Becoming MWBE Certified- 2020

Benefits of becoming MWBE Certified

FY 22-23 MWBE Annual Report

View the FY 22-23 MWBE Annual Report

Bidder MWBE Affidavit Forms

Project Type Forms
Construction and Repair Projects of $300,000 or more and for contracts of $100,000 or more that include any State funding 
Construction and Repair Projects $30,000 - $299,999.99
Professional Services Contracts (RFQ)
Other Services (RFP)
Optional Forms (if requested by the MWBE office)
Additional Resources

Disparity Study is Complete

The City of Raleigh has concluded a  disparity study to determine whether a government entity, either in the past or currently, engages in exclusionary practices in the solicitation and award of contracts to minority, and women‐owned, and disadvantaged business enterprises (MWDBEs).


Mark your calendar for upcoming events hosted by the Minority and Women-Owned Business (MWBE) Program!

Event TitleDate(s)
Meet the General Contractor Workshops
Meet the GC workshops will be held quarterly and will feature a General Contractor speaking with the MWBE community about ways to engage and share their success stories. The event will focus on topics including the subcontractor solicitation and pre-qualification process for the city. The COR MWBE program launched this workshop series in May 2023 and has successful hosted two general contractors – Lanier Construction and Samet Corporation.
MED Week Celebration Event
National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week is a special week in October, observed in the United States to recognize and celebrate the achievements and contributions of the MWBE community. The COR MWBE program successfully hosted this event in October 2023 and featured a panel discussion of city MWBE vendors who provided insight on the secrets to their success.
October 2024
NCDOA/HUB and NCDOT/DBE Certification Information Sessions
Certification sessions will be held quarterly and offer a complete overview of how eligible MWBE’s can become state-certified through either the NCDOT or NCDOA office. The session also provides an overview of the City of Raleigh’s MWBE program and will focus on topics including increasing business exposure, completing an online directory, receiving bid notifications, and opportunities for business development. The COR MWBE program has been successfully hosting these events both in person and virtually for several years and representatives from both NCDOT and NCDOA are in attendance.
25th Annual Raleigh Small Business Expo
This annual event is held in partnership with Wake County Public School System and offers an opportunity for small business owners to attend workshops, presentations, networking sessions, and a vendor expo. Project managers from state and local governmental agencies as well as City of Raleigh departments are on site to talk with businesses about upcoming projects and how to bid. 2024 will mark the MWBE Program’s 25th anniversary of this event.
Spring 2024
MWBE Business Development Workshop Series
This new workshop series is in partnership with a pilot study led by The Amalgamation to support the disparity study implementation goals related to increased community engagement efforts (specifically training and workshop development). The Amalgamation is a COR Impact Partner Grant Impact Partner Grant recipient. This workshop series will focus on providing MWBE’s with resources and one-on-one guidance on how to navigate doing business with the City from start to finish.
The City portion for The Amalgamation Workshop Series was held on January 24 & Jan 31 – COR MWBE staff provided overviews of the MWBE program and COR purchasing needs for the first session and MWBE Certification was shared in the second session.
Business Development Information Sessions (In Spanish) 
Information sessions will launch in January 2024 to provide business information sessions to the Spanish-speaking population to cover the basics of starting a business, COR MWBE Program, and general government contracting.
  • January 2024
  • May 2024
  • September 2024


Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for more information. 


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