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The SDOT Women- and Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (WMBE) Program

The SDOT WMBE Program facilitates opportunities for women and minority owned businesses (WMBEs) within department contracts, fosters internal department support for the program, and facilitates outreach within the community to increase WMBE inclusion.

Key principals include:

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.
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