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DIVISIONS

In order to help our vendors over the challenges that can be associated with Bonding, the Small & Minority Business Resources (SMBR) Department has added a Bonding Financial Consultant to our staff.

The Bonding Consultant meets one-on-one with business owners to educate and assist them with their bonding needs.  

Small Business Construction Program (SBCP)

The Small & Minority Business Resources Department (SMBR) and the Capital Contracting Office (CCO) formerly the Contract Management Department (CMD) have established the Small Business Construction Program (SBCP). This program is designed for construction and construction-related projects with an estimated budget of less than $50,000. These projects will be reserved for initial solicitation for certified SBEs.

The City of Austin's Small & Minority Business Resources Department certifies qualified firms as Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprises (WBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE), Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE), and Small Business Enterprises (SBE).

The Compliance Division is responsible for reviewing, monitoring and tracking MBE/WBE participation on City procurements throughout all phases of a project. Solicitations over $61,000 are reviewed by SMBR.

The City of Austin’s Small & Minority Business Resources (SMBR) Department is a member of the Texas United Certification Program (TUCP).

The Resource Services division provides information and assistance to the minority business community.

Outreach

Outreach facilitates departmental communications regarding services, key initiatives, special notices; and hosts monthly workshops on topics of interest to the minority business community.

The Small & Minority Business Resources (SMBR) Department has contracted with Service Providers who assist us with outreach activities aimed at increasing the number of minority firms certified with the City of Austin and the number of firms participating on City projects.

SMBR's Plans Room provides paper and electronic access to construction plans and specifications for public and private sector projects in over 100 counties. 

The public is also invited to access our McGraw-Hill Dodge project database which features projects from Waco to South Texas to include the Gulf Coast.