M&WBE Certification Applications can only be accepted digitally at this time. Please email your application to email@example.com
Charleston’s Minority & Women-Owned Business Enterprise Office (M&WBE) strives to increase participation of minority and women-owned business enterprises in the full array of contracting opportunities available in the City of Charleston.
The M&WBE office assists potential entrepreneurs and existing small business owners through:
Aiding existing business owners in the capacity of business growth and expansion
Assisting potential entrepreneurs to identify and evaluate resources related to the start-up of their business
Assisting with the M&WBE certification process to enhance contracting opportunities.
Providing access to potential economic and financial opportunities through the use of business databases
Providing guidance and counsel to assist businesses become more efficient by improving management skills and operational effectiveness
Providing information on local skills-based training opportunities to interested business owners
The office maintains a current listing of MBE/WBE vendors for referral and distribution:
The City of Charleston has established goals for the utilization of women and minority-owned businesses. Certification benefits include:
Validation of M&WBE status
Sales and marketing opportunities within the City
Referral to educational programs
Referral to other diversity programs and organizations
Woman owned business: a business controlled and owned by a woman.
Minority owned business: a business controlled and owned by someone who is Black or African American, Hispanic, or Latino, Native American, Asian American or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.
The applicant must own 51% of the business and must control the management and daily operations of the business in order to qualify. In addition, the applicant must be a citizen of the United States and have owned the business for at least 2 years.
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