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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. We expect to continue operating in this capacity until August 2, 2021. 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


    Celebrating Diversity in Contracting 2020

    Congratulations to all winners


    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

    Tesla: Travis County Gigafactory Texas Outreach to Certified Firms September 16, 2020


    Spend Reports from Purchasing

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