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Opening the door to opportunities.

The purpose of the Small & Minority Business Resources Department (SMBR) is to administer the Minority/ Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE) and the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Procurement Program. SMBR was established by Austin City Council in 1987 to provide developmental opportunities and resources to small businesses so they can have affirmative access to City procurement opportunities and show productive growth. 

The City’s MBE/WBE/DBE program is intended to:

  • Promote and encourage minority, women, and disadvantaged business owners to participate in business opportunities with the City of Austin;

  • Afford Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprises (WBEs) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) an equal opportunity to compete for work on City contracts; and

  • Encourage bidders to promote subcontracting opportunities to certified MBEs, WBEs and DBEs by soliciting firms for subcontracting opportunities.


Types of Certification Offered by SMBR:

Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Certification (MBE/WBE)

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certification (DBE)

Small Business Enterprise Certification (SBE)

Minority- and Women- Owned Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE) Procurement Program Ordinance & Rules:

Chapter 2-9A Construction

Chapter 2-9B Professional Services

Chapter 2-9C Nonprofessional Services

Chapter 2-9D Commodities

Program Rules

MBE/WBE Contract Compliance (forms and information)

Third Party Agreements / Chapter 380 guidebook & forms

More About SMBR

Plan Room:

Current Projects

SMBR’s Plan Room provides free electronic access to the McGraw-Hill Dodge system of drawings as well as hard copy plans and specifications from local, private, and public sector jobs. The Plan Room is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Call (512) 974-7799 for more information.

Proposed Construction Plans Bidding 1/1/2014-1/31/2014

Upcoming Events / Announcements:

Certification 101 - Tuesday, August 26th from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at SMBR 4201 Ed Bluestein Blvd, Austin 78721

Save the Date for Contractors' and Consultants' Appreciation - Tuesday, September 23rd - Asian American Resource Center

Disparity Study:

Learn more about The City of Austin's Disparity Study and how your business can get involved.


VISA Project Schedule

CIVIC - Capital Improvement/Bond Projects

Current Contract Opportunities

Minority- and Women-Owned (MBE/WBE) Reports

eCheckbook - Austin Finance Online tool which reflects payments made by the City of Austin.

Vendor Connection - Get started by registering your company as a Vendor before submitting your application for Certification.