Through the Minority Business Program, the City of Asheville actively seeks to identify minority businesses and offer them an opportunity to participate as providers of goods and services to the city. The intent of the program is to widen opportunities for participation, increase competition and to ensure the proper and diligent use of public funds. This policy is not intended in any manner to require that contracts be awarded to anyone other than the lowest responsible bidder, not to supersede the requirement of any federal, state or local laws and rules, regulations and policies.

It is the City of Asheville’s policy to: (1) provide minorities equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of city contracting and purchasing programs, including but not limited to, participation in procurement, professional and construction contracts; (2) prohibit discrimination against any person or business in pursuit of these opportunities on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, familial status, or national origin, and to conduct its contracting and purchasing programs so as to prevent any discrimination and to resolve all claims of such discrimination.

Click here for information on the City's new Small, Minority, and Women-Owned Business Group, "Working On It."

Contact Information:

Minority Business Program
Attn: Brenda Mills, Economic Development Specialist
Community & Economic Development Department
Location: 70 Court Plaza, 5th Floor, Asheville NC 28801
Mail to: PO Box 7148, Asheville NC 28802
Phone: (828) 259-8050
E-mail: bmills@ashevillenc.gov