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Opening the door to opportunities

The Small & Minority Business Resources Department (SMBR) administers the Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Procurement Programs for the City of Austin. Our mission is to promote access and equity on City of Austin contracts, providing economic opportunity to small, minority-owned, women-owned, and disadvantaged businesses.

 A Note About Operations During COVID-19

SMBR is operating in a teleworking environment in an effort to maintain social distancing for the health and safety of our employees and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff will be addressing questions and providing customer services through emails and phone calls.  If you would like more information, please visit:

Certification Overview / Certification Portal / MBE/WBE Compliance Overview / DBE/ACDBE Program Information / MBE/WBE/DBE Compliance Forms 

Or contact us via email at SMBR@austintexas.gov or phone: 512-974-7600


The City’s MBE/WBE/DBE Department:

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

  • Assist certified businesses and businesses seeking certification with learning about opportunities available on the 2016 Corridor Mobility Bond

Divisions of SMBR: Certification, Compliance, and Resources.


News and Events

  • Certification Webinar
    • Tuesday, December 14, 2021 8:30am - 10:30am (CST)
    • The City has teamed up with Govology to provide a webinar to inform for-profit small business owners of the opportunities provided by the City of Austin through our Procurement Programs. We will discuss what "Certification" is, explain the various types of certifications available, the benefits, requirements, and how to get started.
  • City of Austin's Proposed Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Update
  • How to Access Teams, WebEx, and Zoom - Virtual Training for Contractors - April 21, 2021
    • Presentation
    • Video Recording                                                                                                                                                 

Celebrating Diversity 2021

Join us on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 6:00 PM as we honor small, minority- and women-owned businesses for their contracting efforts for the City.

This virtual event will also recognize other businesses and individuals who have supported our Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program. Please click here to register for this event.

See the winners from the 2020 event.


2020 Disparity Study

The City of Austin (“City”) is conducting a Disparity Study of its Minority- Women-Owned Business Enterprise (“M/WBE”) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (“DBE”) programs to ensure that M/W/DBEs have equal access to contracting opportunities and that the City’s current programs remain legally defensible and administratively successful.

Your participation and input are a critical part of the study process.

Disparity Study Kick-Off presentation from April 16, 2020 here.

For more information on the Disparity Study and how you can participate, visit http://austin.disparity-study.com


2016 Corridor Mobility Bond


Doing Business with Tesla & Travis County

Travis County staff has asked SMBR to spread the word on potential contracting opportunities. If you're interested in opportunities with Tesla, visit https://tesla.ecomply.us/ and preregister.

If there are any specific questions related to the pre-qualification process, take a look at the presentation below and field your questions to ecomply@tesla.com


Spend Reports from Purchasing

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