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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 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.


Austin-Bergstrom International Airport


  • City of Austin's Proposed Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Update


2022 Disparity Study

We are pleased to share with you the final results of the Disparity Study. Commissioned by the Austin City Council in 2020, the report uses qualitative and quantitative data 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.

Visit the Disparity Study webpage here

2022 Contractors and Consultants Awards

Nominations are now open for SMBR's 17th Annual Contractors and Consultants Awards! Nominate your business or yourself as one of the best and most qualified certified businesses in the City of Austin. These awards recognize the vital work of certified firms and individuals whose businesses demonstrate high integrity, stellar work ethic, and perform significant community outreach.   

Nominations are open now through September 23, 2022. Certified businesses of all sizes and types are encouraged to apply. Award categories include Small Businesses of the Year, Prime Contractor of the Year, Prime Consultant of the Year, and M/WBE Business of the Year, to name a few. 

Click here to apply now


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 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

Spend Reports from Purchasing

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

Media Inquiries 

Press and Media

SMBR responds to media requests and queries through our Public Information Specialist, Sr. Eddie Bynog, Jr.

Requests will be reviewed during normal business hours -- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday (Central Time Zone). All requests should be emailed to


The public may direct all questions or comments to SMBR's Resources Division at