Minority, Women, Small Business Enterprises
What are Minority, Women, Small Business Enterprises (MWSBEs)?
MWSBEs are businesses that are at least 51% owned and managed by one or more minority persons socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Participants go through a certification process, and while benefits vary by state, certification gives businesses the ability to reach a broader network of customers, contracts, and resources.
What are Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB)?
HUB, overseen by the North Carolina Department of Administration, is the clearinghouse for MWSBEs and provides certification programs, bidding opportunities, and overall business support.
What will the Town of Davidson do to support MWSBEs?
The town will begin:
- tracking MWSBEs during a project's Request for Proposal process,
- advising bids to certified MWSBEs on the North Carolina HUB and the Charlotte Business INClusion websites (see below), and
- connecting uncertified MWSBEs to the HUB certification process.
In addition, the Affordable Housing and Equity Board will evaluate goals in one year's time.
What are the Town of Davidson's current goals?
The town has a verifiable goal of 10% for minority participation with respect to building and construction contracts, as well as repair projects, that are in the amount of $300,000 or more. This goal will be reviewed every 5 years.
The town can decide to increase the goal and/or apply it to other town contracted services.
The town can consider starting its own MWSBE program.
Where can I go to get started?
To support MWSBEs in Charlotte, click HERE to access a certified vendor spreadsheet.