Small Disadvantaged Minority and Women Owned Business Program

Last updated Aug. 14, 2014 - 8:16 am

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
  • Outreach Sessions
  • Training Sessions

Scheduled Events:

Register online for all upcoming sessions. Registration should take about 5 minutes to complete.


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.

SDMWOB Vendor Directory

The City's Business Assistance Coordinator coordinates the Small Disadvantaged Minority and Women Owned Business (SDMWOB) certification program, maintains a Small Disadvantaged Minority and Women Owned Business Directory, and solicits participation in construction contracts.

All SDMWOB businesses which become certified by the City of Raleigh are listed in a directory, that is distributed to City departments. Companies must be certified to qualify for designation as an SDMWOB vendor by the City.

Questions about construction contracts and applications for certification may be obtained from Luther R. Williams


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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