Small Disadvantaged Minority and Women Owned Business Program

Last updated Sep. 04, 2015 - 12:29 pm

The City of Raleigh makes every effort to assist small disadvantaged minority and women owned businesses (SDMWOB) in their efforts to build success.

Register for SDMWOB Events

Our program runs regular events that include:

  • Annual Small Business Expo - Occurring in December, representatives from the City of Raleigh, Wake County Public Schools, and other local non-profit governmental agencies provide information to Small Disadvantaged Minority & Women Owned Businesses about upcoming projects and events. Business owners may network with over 100 contacts including local general contractors seeking subcontractors, end users and vendors.
  • Outreach Sessions - Provide information and ideas about how to bid on upcoming City projects.
  • Quarterly Workshops - The City of Raleigh partners with local non-profit organizations to provide resources and education opportunities for business owners. Workshops are provided free of charge and cover a broad range of topics.

Scheduled Events:

  • Save the Date for the Annual Small Business Expo, December 15. Registration information coming soon!


To become certified as a SDMWOB a business must:

  • Demonstrate at least 51 percent ownership and control on a day-to-day basis by a small disadvantaged women or minority, including African-American and Hispanic
  • Complete a detailed application for approval through the SWUC Certification program
  • Provide ample documentation to support the claim of a small disadvantaged minority or women owned business
  • Be available for a personal interview or site visit, if requested
  • Register your business as a vendor with the City of Raleigh


SWUC Certification is handled by NC Department of Administration's Office of Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB). Find '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 Raleigh is proactive in encouraging purchases of goods and services from SDMWOB's as well as soliciting participation in City construction bids. City departments will coordinate purchases with the SDMWOB Buyer in order to provide opportunities for SDMWOB firms to compete on all City purchases and contracts.

The City recommends certifying your company with the Statewide Uniform Certification (SWUC) program to put your company on a level playing field with other companies who want to bid on contracts with the City.

To view City bids, visit our Bids and RFPs page.


The City of Raleigh has adopted a goal of 15% with sub goal for SDMWOB's owned by minorities 8% and women 7% on each project in construction contracts over $100,000 and in general purchases of goods and services.

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