MWSBE Certification

Thank you for your interest in registering for certification as a Minority, Woman, and/or Small Business Enterprise (MWSBE) with the City of Asheville. The City has a new Business Inclusion Contracting Policy that directs us to make sure more MWSBEs have the chance to participate as providers of goods and services to the City. As a certified MWSBE, 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 MWSBE Certification application. If you’re not registered as a vendor yet, please visit the Purchasing Department page to do so. If you’re not sure if you’re already registered as a vendor, you can check here.

Make sure to have your business’s financial information, 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:

MWSBE Certification Application – Already HUB-Certified


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

MWSBE 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.



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


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Updated 2/26/21

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