Women- and Minority-Owned Businesses

The City actively supports utilization of WMBE (women- and minority-owned businesses) on City contracts as both primes and subcontractors, and each City department establishes plans and annual voluntary goals for WMBE inclusion in consulting and purchasing contracts.

City's WMBE definition

The City of Seattle defines WMBE firms as state-certified or self-identified firms at least 51% owned by women and/or minorities.

There are two ways to be recognized as a WMBE by the City.

OMWBE certifies small businesses owned and controlled by a minority, woman or a socially and economically disadvantaged (DBE) person for the state and federal level. Most City projects with federal funds require a DBE or state WMBE certification to count toward the corresponding DBE or WMBE requirements. If you are a business owner who fits these criteria, we encourage you to visit OMWBE's site to learn about certification and its benefits.

I need a subcontract team. How can I connect with WMBE firms?
When seeking subcontract teams including women or minority-owned firms, search the City's Online Business Directory.

Search the Office of Minority Women Business Enterprises Directory, the online list of certified W/M/DBE firms, or call OMWBE at 866-208-1064.

I self-identified as a WMBE in the City's Online Business Directory. What's next?
Vendors for goods and services: Contact City Purchasing to learn of blanket contracts, bidding opportunities and networking events with City departments.

Consultants: Apply for the City Consultant Roster. The City uses this roster to select firms for many projects under $305,000. This roster has a small business criteria for certain categories of work.

Certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises firm: Apply for federal DBE certification. The City uses this certification list for federally funded projects.

For information about City opportunities contact:

Other information:

The City requires WMBE inclusion plans for most projects. The following forms must be completed by the prime bidder as a condition of responsiveness: