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Frequently Asked Questions

A Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE) or a Women-Owned Business Enterprise (/WBE) certification qualifies a business for City of Austin projects over $57,000 involving construction, professional services, non-professional services and commodities.

A Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification qualifies a business for federal aviation, highway, and transportation projects such as Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Capital Metro Transportation Authority (Cap Metro).

The Certification review process is sixty days upon receipt of a completed packet.

Certification is valid for three calendar years from the date of initial certification and will be reviewed annually. The certification expiration date will be printed on your certificate.

Certification as an MBE/WBE provides greater exposure for work opportunities on City of Austin projects. Contractors use the MBE/WBE Availability List to solicit minority participation on projects.

To learn more about MBE/WBE Certification call (512) 974-7645 or email smbrcertification@austintexas.gov

After certification, your business name is shown on The City of Austin's Small & Minority Business Resources' (SMBR) depatment's website vendor database as a certified Minority- or Woman-Owned Business Enterprise. An availability list is generated from the database on specific services needed on a City of Austin project. If your company's services match a particular solicitation, you will receive a notice either by fax, email, or mail to submit a bid.

If there are any changes to the business or its structure contact the Vendor Registration team within the Purchasing Department at (512) 974-2500 or (512) 974-2018, you will also need to send an email to the Certification team at dsmbrcertification@austintexas.gov to notify them of the changes in writing within 10 business days.

A MBE is a business that has it's day-to-day operations at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more minority persons.

A minority is generally defined as an individual who is African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American, Native American.  A woman is defined as a Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE).

There are no fees payable to the City of Austin for certification.

The City of Austin requests the minimum documentation needed to determine if an owner is socially and/or economically disadvantaged.

This information includes documents that will demonstrate ownership, management and control. We will also need documentation that demonstrates the owner and/or owners' expertise and the Personal Net Worth (PNW).

A statement of Personal Net Worth (PNW) is required to determine economic disadvantage.

Yes, your firm will be placed on Availability List whenever the scopes of work that you are certified under appear on a contract.  To ensure that Prime Contractors and Prime Consultants are able to contact you, keep your email address and contact information current on Vendor Connection so that your company will not miss any opportunities to do business with the City or with a prime..

Keep in mind that Certification does not guarantee a contract with the City of Austin.

 

The City of Austin only recognizes MBE, WBE, and SBE certification from the Small & Minority Business Resources (SMBR) Department for our locally funded projects.