MWBE Certification

****UPDATE 6/30/21: Starting now and over the next few months, staffers working with the Business Inclusion Office may contact you by email and/or phone to ask if you’re interested in getting MWBE Certification for your business. These are legitimate offers of assistance to obtain your MWBE certification, but if you’re not sure if it’s legitimate, please feel free to email us at to make sure. Phone calls will come from 828 area codes and emails will come from addresses ending in****

Thank you for your interest in registering for certification as a Minority or Woman Business Enterprise (MWBE) with the City of Asheville. The City has a new Business Inclusion Contracting Policy that directs us to make sure more MWBEs have the chance to participate as providers of goods and services to the City. As a certified MWBE, you will have the chance to help your business grow through working with the City.

Please review the application and required documentation carefully. You will need to register as a vendor before completing the MWBE Certification application. If you’re not registered as a vendor yet, please visit the Purchasing Department page to do so. 

Make sure to have your driver’s license or state-issued identification card and any applicable license or permits ready to upload in the form (you’ll find more details about each of these in the forms).

Be prepared to complete the certification form in one session as it does not have an option to save your information and return to it later. Depending on your answers and situation, the form could take 15 minutes to an hour for you to complete. After you submit your form, you can expect to hear back from the Business Inclusion Office within 10 business days. Please note that the process may take longer if there are discrepancies or incorrect information. Please contact if you need help completing the form or have any questions.



Start here if you are already certified through North Carolina’s Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) office:

MWBE Certification Application – Already HUB-Certified


If you’re not already certified through HUB, please proceed with the regular application form:

MWBE Certification Application


For extra assistance, we’ve created some videos on the process which you can watch below. Need extra help completing your form? Schedule a virtual meeting with Angelica Driver of the Business Inclusion Office here.


UPDATE ON VIDEOS: At this time, the Business Inclusion Office is not certifying businesses as SBEs, or Small Business Enterprises. This is because of some steps we need to take that will likely take some time, although we are working on them. These videos make reference to applying for MWBE and SBE certification at the same time. The information about MWBE certification is still accurate, but please keep in mind that if you going to apply for MWBE certification, you do not need to provide any financial documentation as that only applies to the SBE certification. MWBEs can apply for certification regardless of how much money they make per year.



You can read the City of Asheville Business Inclusion Contracting Policy here.


Contact Information

Updated 2/26/21

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