WMBE Program

Our program

  • Supports opportunities for women and minority owned businesses (WMBEs) within department contracts
  • Fosters internal department support for the program
  • Facilitates outreach within the community to increase WMBE inclusion

Key principles

  • Advance and grow opportunities for WMBE and small businesses in SDOT work
  • Instill the vision of WMBE program within SDOT and throughout the community
  • Generate economic vitality of the City by enhancing WMBEs through development, support, and targeted outreach

City of Seattle WMBE program documents

Executive Order 2014-03: Equity in City Contracting

Executive Order 2010-05

Seattle Municipal Code 20.42

Tools for achieving contracting equity

SDOT uses many methods for increasing inclusion of WMBEs across all projects, including:

Inclusion Plans: The City is committed to doing business with women and minority-owned firms.

Networking Opportunities: Networking among consultants and contractors is one of the most successful methods for securing work on SDOT projects. SDOT promotes relationship-building among our project managers, consultants, and contractors through attendance at contracting forums and trade shows, networking time at Pre-Submittal meetings, and SDOT Meet and Greet events focused on consultant specialties.

WMBE Stakeholder Group: SDOT works closely with WMBE/HUB firms as part of a Stakeholder Group that provides feedback, insight, and opportunities for the development of a strong and useful WMBE Program. Members are:

  • Joseph Small, President/CEO of Ebony Office Interiors, LLC
  • Shelley Gaddie, President/CEO of ProjectCorps
  • Ato Apiafi, Principal at Ato Apiafi Architects
  • Josh Stepherson of Stepherson & Associates