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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

  • 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