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

WMBE firms need not be state certified to meet the City's WMBE definition. The City defines WMBE firms as at least 51 percent owned by women and/or minority. To be recognized as a WMBE, register on the City's Online Business Directory. Federally funded transportation projects require a Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) program; for that program, firms must be certified by the Washington State Office of Minority and Women Business Enterprises (OMWBE).

WMBE reports

Purchasing and consultant WMBE spend
Note: these reports are being prepared under the new financial management system implemented in 2018. We are reviewing them for any potential discrepancies due to the system change and will post when the review is finished.

Construction projects WMBE spend

Construction worker diversity reports

Quarterly comprehensive WMBE utilization

WMBE surveys

Frequently asked questions

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:

WMBE inclusion plans

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