Helpfull Business Resource Links

The Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses partners and collaborates with the following public and private agencies to assist historically underutilized businesses in overcoming marketplace barriers.
Business Services
Carolina Minority Supplier Development Council (CMSDC)
www.carolinasmsdc.org
This membership organization serves both North Carolina and South Carolina to certify minority business enterprises and match them with corporate members.
Insight/Center for Community Economic Development
www.insightcced.org/index.php/insightcommunities/inbiz
The Inclusive Business Initiative is a project of the InsightCenter for Community Economic Development that provides information to states and local governments, as well as diverse small businesses and their advocates, in order to further the inclusive business programs of public agencies. This initiative is a key component of the Insight Center's work to advance strategies that build family and community assets and help overcome the racial wealth gap.
Latin Business Association (LBA)
www.lbausa.com
A private non-profit organization, the LBA provides outreach to Latino business owners. In 1998, the LBA established a non-profit 501 ©(3) Institute (LBAI), generating millions of dollars in procurement and business loans since its inception.
Military Business Center (NCMBC)
www.ncmbc.us
The NCMBC is a collaborative effort between North Carolina business and industry and the North CarolinaCommunity college System. Funded in 2004 by a grant from the North Carolina General Assembly, the NCMBC operates under the supervision of Fayetteville Technical Community College. The NCMBC has satellite locations at Craven Community College, Coastal Carolina Community College and Wayne Community College. The NCMBC is also working through the 53 Small Business Centers located at the other community colleges across the state to provide services. The mission of the Military Business Center is to leverage the presence of the military in North Carolina to promote economic development and quality of life for all.
Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
www.mbda.gov
The Minority Business Development Agency is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and was created specifically to foster the establishment and growth of minority-owned businesses in America.
National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (NMSDC)
www.nmsdcus.org
This business membership organization lists regional councils that certify and match more than 15,000 minority-owned businesses with member corporations.
National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC)
www.nwboc.org
A national 501 (c) (3) not for profit corporation was established to increase competition for corporate and government contracts through implementation of a pioneering economic development strategy for women business owners. NWBOC is a sister organization to the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and the Center for Women’s Business Research (CWBR). NWBOC provides a national certification program for women owned and controlled businesses.
NC Community Colleges
www.ncccs.cc.nc.us
The mission of the North Carolina Community College System is to open the door to high-quality, accessible educational opportunities that minimize barriers to post-secondary education, maximize student success, develop a globally and multi-culturally competent workforce, and improve the lives and well-being of individuals by providing education, training and retaining for the workforce, support for economic development through services to and in partnership with business and industry, and services to communities and individuals which improve the quality of life.
NC Procurement Technical Assistance Center (NC PTAC)
www.sbtdc.org/services/gov_procurement.asp
The North Carolina Procurement Technical Assistance Center (NC PTAC) helps businesses obtain contracts by providing comprehensive assistance in selling products and services to local, state and federal government entities. The purpose of the NC PTAC is to generate employment and to improve the general economic condition of the state by assisting all North Carolina companies including those eligible for preferential consideration in obtaining and performing under local, state and federal government contracts. They provide procurement technical assistance by offering no-fee and confidential counseling on selling your products and/or services to the appropriate government agency.
NC Rural Center
www.ncruralcenter.org
The Rural Center is North Carolina's leading resource for rural people and communities that envision a rural North Carolina in which individuals can achieve economic independence by working in jobs that pay livable wages, are safe, and provide opportunities for growth and advancement.
North Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NCHCC)
www.nchispanicchamber.org
The North Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce offers its Hispanic and Non-Hispanic members competitiveness through the many programs it provides, including seminars, networking opportunities, marketing consultations, referral networking and advocacy.
North Carolina Indian Economic Development Initiative (NCIEDI)
www.ncindian.com
NCIEDI fosters, enhances and promotes economic development in North Carolina's urban and tribal Indian communities through the creation and preservation of good jobs, the creation of social and capital assets, and increased capacity for individual tribal members’ self-development in the local, state, national, and global economic sphere.
North Carolina Institute for Minority Economic Development (NCIMED)
www.ncimed.com
The North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development is a statewide nonprofit organization which represents the interest of underdeveloped and underutilized sectors of the state's economic base. The Institute's working philosophy is that--information and business development are critical to wealth creation and to building the asset base among low-wealth sectors of the population. Some of their current programs & services include: Minority Business Development Center, Women’s Business Center, Education and Training, HBCU Initiatives.
North Carolina Lawyers for Entrepreneurs Assistance Program (NC LEAP)
www.ncbar.org/ncleap
NC LEAP is a project of the North Carolina Bar Association and the NCBA Foundation that provides free legal services to low-wealth entrepreneurs who are in the process of starting or expanding their businesses; through direct legal representation, small business legal clinics and the production of self-help materials. NC LEAP attorneys are volunteers and experts in their fields who want to give back to their communities.
North Carolina Minority Women Business EnterpriseCoordinators’ Network (NCCN)
www.mwbecoordinators.org
NCCN members are employees of municipal, state, federal, private and public sector and non-profit small/minority/women-owned programs. The members of NCCN are committed to ensuring that all segments of the community have an equitable opportunity to participate in professional service contracts, procurement contracts, and construction projects in both the public and private arenas.
Raleigh Business and Technology Center (RBTC)
www.raleighbtc.org/
The Raleigh Business & TechnologyCenter is designed to assist the new and existing smaller businesses in areas critical to growth: management, marketing, financial planning and provide cost-effective office space and administrative services.
Self Help Credit Union
www.self-help.org
Self-Help is a community development lender that has provided over $4.5 billion in financing to more than 50,000 home buyers, small businesses, and nonprofits nationwide. Self-Help reaches persons who are underserved by conventional lenders--particularly minorities, women, rural residents, and low-wealth families.  Funds for lending come from deposits, grants, and other investments made by individuals and institutions across the U.S.
Small Business Administration (SBA)
www.sba.gov/aboutsba/sbaprograms/sbdc/index.html
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is an independent agency of the federal government created to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA offers the following programs and services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam: technical assistance (training and counseling), financial assistance, contracting assistance. www.sba.gov

The Office of Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provides management assistance to current and prospective small business owners. SBDCs offer one-stop assistance to individuals and small businesses by providing a wide variety of information and guidance in central and easily accessible branch locations. The program is a cooperative effort of the private sector, the educational community and federal, state and local governments and is an integral component of Entrepreneurial Development's network of training and counseling services.
Small Business Center Network
www.ncccs.cc.nc.us/Business_and_Industry
The Small Business Center Network, comprised of 58 Small Business Centers throughout North Carolina, supports the development of new businesses and the growth of existing businesses by being a community based provider of training, counseling, and resource information.
Small Businesses Technology Development Center (SBTDC)
www.sbtdc.org
The North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) helps small business owners (and those interested in starting a business) meet the challenges of today's business environment, manage that ever-changing world, and plan for the future of their business. They provide management counseling and educational services to small and mid-sized businesses throughout North Carolina from their 17 offices across the state — each affiliated with a college or university. Our mission is to help North Carolina businesses grow and create new jobs within the state. Most of our services are free of charge, and all SBTDC services are confidential. Some of the services and programs of SBTDC are: Management Counseling, Management Education, Business Research, Government Procurement, and Export Financial Services.
The Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Charlotte
www.lacccharlotte.com
The purpose of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Charlotte is to preserve and promote existing Latin American businesses, encourage new Latin American businesses, and to promote networking with non-Latin American businesses and organizations. The Latin American Chamber of Commerce provides information, referral services, education, and acts as an advocate for the Latin American business community.
The North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs
www.doa.nc.gov/cia/
The Commission of Indian Affairs was created in 1971 by the North Carolina General Assembly. The commission was created to deal fairly and effectively with Indian affairs, bring local, state and federal resources into focus for the implementation or continuation of meaningful programs for the state's Indian citizens, provide aid and protection for Indians as needs are demonstrated, assist Indian communities in social and economic developments and promote recognition of and the right of Indians to pursue their cultural and religious traditions.
United Indian Development Association
www.uida.org
UIDA Business Services (UBS) is committed to business development for Indian people. UBS is a non-profit organization serving clients in the Southwest BIA Area, the Navajo BIA Area, and the Eastern/Southeastern BIA Area; with primary emphasis on the following states: Connecticut, Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas (El Paso), New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah. UBS’ main office is located in Marietta, GA with sub-offices located in Herndon, VA and Ocean Springs, MS. Their services are designed to assist Indian-owned and tribally- owned businesses in government contracting. The Native American Procurement Technical Assistance (PTA) program at UIDA Business Services is one of approximately 100 centers located in different states. The PTA centers are funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) through the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) in order to provide assistance and information to small businesses interested in selling their goods and services to the DoD and any Federal, state or local government agency.
US Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (USHCC)
www.ushcc.com
Since its inception, the USHCC has worked towards bringing the issues and concerns of the nation’s more than 2 million Hispanic-owned businesses to the forefront of the national economic agenda. Throughout its nearly 25-year history, the Chamber has enjoyed outstanding working relationships with international Heads of State, Members of Congress and the current White House Administration. Through its network of more than 150 local Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and Hispanic business organizations, the USHCC effectively communicates the needs and potential of Hispanic enterprise to the public and private sector.
Women Business Enterprise Council, Inc. (WBEC)
www.wbenc.org
This membership organization certifies businesses owned by women through regional organizational partners, then provides information on these companies to purchasing managers of major corporations in an effort to eliminate barriers in the marketplace for women business owners.

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Construction Contracting
Carolinas Association of General Contractors (CAGC)
www.cagc.org
The AGC is the largest construction trade association in the Carolinas with 3,100 plus member firms that perform or support all types of commercial and industrial construction. The association offers support in the following areas: leads on projects out for public bid in the Carolinas, education and training for all sizes of construction firms to includes managing the risk areas that affect the bottom line: safety, environmental, legislative, legal and regulatory and labor relations.
Council of American Minority Professionals (CAMP)
www.joincamp.info
The mission of CAMP is to develop a national platform for all minority professional firms to share their resources and capabilities among themselves as well as with larger corporations and to participate on all projects for their business growth and career advancement.
GOLER Community Development Corporation (GOLER CDC)
www.golercdc.org
The mission of GOLER Community Development Corporation is to align contractors with the necessary resources geared toward enhancing their skills to grow and operate a business. The Piedmont Contractor Resource Center (PCRC) serves the Piedmont region of North Carolina by providing relevant educational programming, one-on-one counseling and specialized managerial and technical assistance for minority contractors.
Hispanic Contractors Association of the Carolinas (HCAC)
www.hcacarolinas.org
The Hispanic Contractors Association of the Carolinas (HCAC) is a nonprofit 501(c) 6 membership organization established to provide the necessary resources to ensure the continued progress of its members, while promoting the long term success of Hispanic owned construction businesses in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Metrolina Minority Contractors Association (MMCA)
www.mmcaofcharlotte.org



Cumberland Regional Improvement Corporation (CRIC)
www.cric-nc.org
The MMCA mission is to increase and improve the success of Black and Minority Businesses, and to identify best practices, participants, sponsors, events and influences that act in concert to promote business growth and development.

Cumberland Regional Improvement Corporation [CRIC] is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization incorporated for the purpose of raising the economic, educational, and social welfare levels of low wealth areas of communities. Through partnerships they increase the opportunities to own, manage and operate business enterprises that will result in long-term sustainable growth in businesses and human capital. CRIC’s is committed to promoting and advocating Historically Underutilized Businesses [HUBs] by providing managerial and technical assistance and businesses development services.
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
www.nahb.org
A trade association that promotes national housing policies. Visit this site to find strategic partners and resources that serves the industry.
National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC)
www.namcnational.org
NAMC is a national nonprofit trade association that was established in 1969 to address the needs and concerns of minority contractors. While membership is open to people of all races and ethnic backgrounds, the organization's mandate, "Building Bridges - Crossing Barriers," focuses on construction industry concerns common to African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans. Covering 49 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands, NAMC's membership base includes general contractors, subcontractors, construction managers, manufacturers, suppliers, local minority contractor associations, state and local governmental organizations, attorneys, accountants, and other professionals. Organizational funding comes from membership dues, Federal and state government grants, and private sector grants and contributions.
National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)
www.nawic.org
NAWIC began as Women in Construction of Fort Worth, Texas. It was founded in 1953 by 16 women working in the construction industry. Knowing that women represented only a small fraction of the construction industry, the founders organized NAWIC to create a support network. Women in Construction of Fort Worth were so successful that it gained its national charter in 1955 and became the National Association of Women in Construction. 
National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)
www.noma.net
NOMA was Started in 1971 during the AIA National Convention in Detroit to address the need for an organization dedicated to the development and advancement of minority architects.
NC Department of Administration Office of State Construction (NCDOA-SCO)
www.nc-sco.com

The State Construction Office is located within the Department of Administration and is charged with providing professional architectural and engineering services and management leadership to state agencies.

United Minority Contractors of North Carolina (UMCNC)
www.umcnc.org
Formed in January 2006 as a non-profit trade association to represent the interests and concerns of minority contractors. Its purpose is to enhance minority contractor business capacity, development and foster positive business relationships through leadership and advocacy for North Carolina’s minority construction community.

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State Contracting
NC Department of Administration Division of Purchase and Contract
www.doa.state.nc.us/pandc/
The Division of Purchase and Contract is the central purchasing authority for all state departments, institutions, agencies, universities, community colleges, technical institutes, and city or local boards of education.  It also makes purchasing services available to local governments, charitable non-profit hospitals, local non-profit community sheltered workshops, private colleges, private universities, volunteer fire departments, and rescue squads. If you are interested in viewing procurement opportunities, please visit the Interactive Purchasing System (IPS).  If you would like to receive e-mail notification of bids that might be of interest to your company, it would be suggested that you take a few minutes to register your business in the Vendor Link NC system. You may also obtain a list of North Carolina Public Entity Purchasers.
NC Department of Administration Division of Surplus Property
www.surpluspropertydivision.com
State Surplus offers surplus property received from state agencies and the University System, to other state agencies in need, or sells to qualifying non-profit organizations, and the general public. State Surplus receives property from other sources such as local and county agencies, schools, municipalities, and community colleges. It is State Surplus's mission to serve as a medium through which these agencies have multiple disposition resources available to them.
NC Department of Administration Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB)
www.doa.nc.gov/hub
The HUB Office serves as an advocate for minority, women and disabled-owned businesses in their efforts to conduct business with the State of North Carolina. Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs) consist of minority, women and disabled business firms that are at least fifty-one percent owned and operated by an individual(s) of the aforementioned categories. Also included in this category are disabled business enterprises and non-profit work centers for the blind and severely disabled. The HUB Office provides vendors access to on-line vendor registration, conducts on-line HUB certification, and provides technical assistance and training on how to conduct business with government purchasing and construction.
NC Department of Administration Office of Information Technology
www.its.state.nc.us
www.its.state.nc.us/ITProcurement

The Office of Information Technology Services provides much of the information technology used by state agencies, local governments and educational institutions across North Carolina. ITS services include hosting, network and video services, telecommunications and enterprise services, such as NCMail and iWise. Statewide IT Procurement Office provides procurement of IT products and services.

NC Department of Administration Office of State Construction
www.nc-sco.com
The State Construction Office is located within the Department of Administration and is charged with providing professional architectural and engineering services and management leadership to state agencies.
NC Department of Commerce
www.nccommerce.com

Business ServiCenter
www.blnc.gov/
The Department of Commerce is the State of North Carolina's lead agency for economic, community and workforce development. The Department also has under its auspices the information technology function for state government and agencies which regulate commerce in the state. The mission of the Department of Commerce is to improve the economic well being and quality of life for all North Carolinians. Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) has been established by the North Carolina Department of Commerce in partnership with the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), the North Carolina Community College System, and the North Carolina Industrial Extension Service. The industry specialists advise business owners about existing programs and resources that are designed to improve the profitability of companies.
NC Department of Transportation
www.ncdot.org/business/
NC DOT is responsible for construction, maintenance, roadside environmental programs, traffic services and the fiscal and facility operations involved in administering these functions. Additionally, the Division of Motor Vehicles operates 124 driver license offices, three mobile driver license offices, nine weigh stations and eight enforcement district offices. NCDOT sponsors many programs and services designed to help pave the way for DBE success. Resources are offered to certified DBEs and funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to support the DBE Supportive Services program under the provisions of 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 26. The Office of Civil Rights & Business Opportunity and Workforce Development provide disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) certifications.
NC Secretary of State
www.secstate.state.nc.us/
The Secretary of State Office register business structure, investigates securities and charitable securities. The duty of the Secretary of State is to ensure uniform compliance with the statutes governing the creation of these entities, record the information acquired to be as a public record, and provide that information to the public. The Corporation Division is responsible for the examination, custody and maintenance of the legal documents filed by more than 400,000 corporations, limited partnerships and limited liability companies. The Corporation Division acts in an administrative capacity only and cannot give legal advice.

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Federal Contracting
Department of Defense - Office of Small Business Programs
www.acq.osd.mil/osbp/
The OSBP Office advises the Secretary of Defense on all matters related to small business and is committed to maximizing the contributions of small business in DoD acquisitions. They provide leadership and governance to the Military Departments and Defense Agencies to meet the needs of the nations’ war fighters, creating opportunities for small businesses while ensuring each tax dollar is spent responsibly.
Department of Homeland Security Small Business Procurement Assistance
www.dhs.gov/xopnbiz/smallbusiness

Designed to provide the links to contracts, grants and research and development resources.

Federal Business Opportunities
www.fedbizopps.gov

The point of entry for federal government procurement opportunities of more than $25,000.

The Department of Veterans Affairs
www.va.gov/osdbu
The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) serves as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) advocate, to assist and support the interests of small businesses.  A related mission of this office is to provide outreach and liaison support to businesses (large and small) and other members of the private sector concerning acquisition related issues.  In addition, the office is responsible for monitoring VA implementation and execution of the socioeconomic procurement programs.
The General Services Administration (GSA)
www.gsa.gov
GSA provides workplaces by constructing, managing, and preserving government buildings and by leasing and managing commercial real estate. GSA's acquisition solutions offer private sector professional services, equipment, supplies, telecommunications, and information technology to government organizations and the military. GSA policies promote management best practices and efficient government operations.
U.S. Minority Business Development Agency
www.mbda.gov
The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. MBDA is the only federal agency created specifically to foster the establishment and growth of minority-owned businesses in America. MBDA provides funding for a network of Minority Business Development Centers (MBDCs), Native American Business Development Centers (NABDCs), and Business Resource Centers (BRCs) located throughout the Nation. The Centers provide minority entrepreneurs with one-on-one assistance in writing business plans, marketing, management and technical assistance and financial planning to assure adequate financing for business ventures.
United States Small Business Administration (SBA)
www.sba.gov/about-sba-services/199

Central Contractor Registration (CCR)
www.ccr.gov
The SBA was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam. Contact SBA for 8(a) Business Development and Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) programs.

The primary registrant database for the U.S. Federal Government. CCR collects, validates, stores and disseminates data in support of agency acquisition missions.
Women-Owned Businesses
www.womenbiz.gov
The gateway for women-owned businesses selling to the federal government. Use this site for useful information and links specifically focused on the woman business owner interested in doing business with the federal government.

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Public Education Contracting
Education Directory
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/nceddirectory/
The Education Directory of North Carolina contains the phone number and address of every North Carolina public, federal or charter school and public school system; the phone number of every employee of the Department of Public Instruction, members of the State Board of Education and the Superintendent; contact information for educational associations and organizations, advisory councils, educational material suppliers and sellers; and a list of all the state and territorial superintendents in the U.S.
The North Carolina Community Colleges System
www.ncccs.cc.nc.us/
The mission of the North Carolina Community College System is to open the door to high-quality, accessible educational opportunities that minimize barriers to post-secondary education, maximize student success, develop a globally and multi-culturally competent workforce, and improve the lives and well-being of individuals by providing: 
                  Education, training and retraining for the workforce including basic skills and literacy education, occupational and pre-baccalaureate programs.
                  Support for economic development  through services to and in partnership with business and industry and in collaboration with the University of North Carolina System and private colleges and universities.
                  Services to communities and individuals which improve the quality of life.
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
www.ncpublicschools.org/
The School Planning Section
DPI is the agency charged with implementing the State's public school laws and the State Board of Education's policies and procedures governing pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public education. The elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction heads the Department and functions under the policy direction of the State Board of Education. The School Planning Section of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction assists North Carolina school districts, architects and designers in the planning and design of high quality school facilities that enhance education and provide lasting value to the children and citizens of the state.  Major areas of concentration are: Plan Review & Commentary, Prototype School Design Clearinghouse, Planning Assistance,  Publications and Workshops, School Facilities Information, The State Bond for Public School Facility Needs
The University of North Carolina System
www.northcarolina.edu

Design and Construction
http://www.northcarolina.edu/info/vendors/index.htm
The University of North Carolina has a rich heritage of academic excellence. Chartered in 1789, UNC was the first public university in the United States and the only one to graduate students in the eighteenth century. Today, UNC is a multi-campus university composed of all 16 of North Carolina's public institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees, as well as the NC School of Science and Mathematics, the nation's first public residential high school for gifted students.

Design and construction activities occur across all of the UNC campuses.  While each campus is unique, there are many standard procedures and forms in use University-wide.  This section is intended to provide a central repository of information for those interested in design and construction, whether as a service provider in the design and construction industry, an employee directly involved in these activities, or an interested constituent student, faculty, staff member, or citizen. 

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Cities and Local Municipalities Contracting
Local M/WBE Offices are available to assist you with the certification process for Statewide Uniform Certification and business development.
City of Asheville–Minority Business Program
www.ashevillenc.gov/business/business_with/minority_business/
The City of Ashevilleactively 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.
City of Charlotte– Minority, Women and Small Business Enterprise Program
www.ci.charlotte.nc.us/
The City certifies small businesses as SBEs based upon size standards established by the City.  For many of the City's procurements - both formal ($100,000 or greater) and informal (less than $100,000) contracts - goals are established for the utilization of SBEs. 
City of Durham – Department of Equal Opportunity/Equity Assurance
http://www.durhamnc.gov/departments/equal/
The Equal Opportunity/Equity Assurance Department is responsible for the implementation of the City's Small and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Ordinance (SDBE). Responsibilities include Mentor-Protégé Program implementation, recruitment, certification, and maintenance of data bank, business development, project compliance, monitoring, and reporting.
City of Greensboro-Minority Women Business EnterpriseProgram
http://www.greensboro-nc.gov/index.aspx?page=448/
The City of Greensboro recognizes that businesses have different needs. By providing education and technical assistance to minority- and women-owned firms, the City opens bid opportunities to all businesses. The mission of the City's M/WBE program is to promote equality of economic opportunities for M/WBEs and to eliminate barriers to their participation in City contracts.
City of Greenville - Minority and/or Women Business Enterprise Program
www.greenvillenc.gov/departments/
financial_services_dept/information/default.aspx?id=5958
The Minority and/or Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Program is a joint venture launched by the City of Greenville and Greenville Utilities (the City’s public utilities) to provide minority and women-owned businesses equal opportunity to do business with the City and GUC.
City of Raleigh – Small Disadvantaged Minority and Women-Owned Business Program
www.raleighnc.gov/home/content/CityMgrAdmin/Articles/SDMWOBProgram.html
The purpose of the City of Raleigh M/WBE Programis to promote and encourage the use of minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBE’s) while maintaining the integrity of sound financial practices and supporting the growth and development of such business.
City of Winston-SalemMinority and Women Business Enterprise Program
www.ci.winston-salem.nc.us/Home/Departments/DevelopmentOffice/M-WBE/Articles/MWBE
This program is designed to assist minority-and women-owned business enterprises in providing goods and services to the city. In addition, the program provides workshops and seminars for minority and women owned businesses, and assistance with the resolution of problems and complaints relating to the M/WBE program.
New Hanover County
www.nhcgov.com
It is the policy of New Hanover County to provide minorities and women with the maximum opportunity for participating in all aspects of the county's construction and procurement programs in accordance with federal, state and local laws. These include employment, construction design, development projects, materials and services contracts, and lease agreements. The county is also dedicated to prohibiting discrimination against any person or business in the pursuit of these opportunities on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, handicap or age. Contracting programs are conducted in such a manner as to prevent and resolve any claims of such discrimination.

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Certifying Agencies
NC Department of Administration Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses
www.doa.nc.gov/hub
Carolinas Minority Suppliers Development Council
www.carolinasmsdc.org
National Women Business Owners Corporation
www.nwboc.org
NC Department of Transportation Office of Civil Rights & Business Development and Workforce Development
www.ncdot.org/business/
US Small Business Administration (Small Disadvantaged Business, 8(a) Business Development, HUBZone)
www.sba.gov
Women Business Enterprise National Council
www.wbenc.org

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Minority Print Media
Asian Herald/Charlotte, NC / 704-342-5656 / Ki-Hyun Chun
Carolina Peacemaker / Greensboro, NC / 336-274-6210 / Afrique Kilimanjaro
The County News / Statesville, NC / 704-873-1054 / Mason McCullough
Charlotte Post / Charlotte, NC / 704-376-0496 / Fran Farrer-Nash
Greater Diversity News / Wilmington, NC / 910-762-1337 / 800-462-0738 / Kathy Grear
La Conexion / Raleigh, NC / 919-832-1225 / Paola Jaramillo
La Noticia –The Spanish Language Newspaper (servicing Charlotte-Raleigh-Asheville – 1100 Navaho Drive, Suite 202, Raleigh, NC 27609 919-594-6464
La Progresso Hispano Newsletter / Charlotte, NC / 704-529-6624 / Aura Herrera
Que Pasa / Durham-Raleigh, NC / Delivery 919-669-8540 / Advertise 919-645-1680 / Marina Alenan
The Carolinian / Raleigh, NC / 919-834-5558 / Paul Jervay
The Chronicle / Winston-Salem, NC / 336-722-8624 / Erica Ashbury
The FayettevillePress / Fayetteville, NC / 910-323-3120 / J. J. Jones
The Triangle Tribune / Durham, NC / 919-688-9408 / Bonitta Best
WilmingtonJournal / Wilmington, NC / 910-762-5502 / Shawn Thatch

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Plan Rooms
Cumberland Regional Improvement Corporation P.O. Box 1567 Fayetteville, NC 27302 Gus Webber / 910-483-6439 Email webbgswb@aol.com
Construction Resource Center of Durham - 114 W. Parrish Street - 5th Floor, Durham, NC 27701 Office: 919-956-8889
Construction Resource Center of Fayetteville - 2520 Murchison Road, Fayetteville, NC 28301 Office: 910-488-4115
Hispanic Contractors Association Plan Room (HCAC) 6503 Hilburn Drive Raleigh, NC / Paul Tilford / 828-390-7090
McGee Cadd Reprographics Resource Center 2527 S. 17th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 / Chris Evans /910-392-5500
Construction Resource Center of Charlotte - 2848 Queen City Drive, Suite B, Charlotte, NC 28202 Office: 704-332-5746
Construction Resource Center of Greensboro at NC A&T Department of Construction Management & Occupational Safety and Health, Price Hall - Room 112M, Laurel Street, (Price Hall is located directly behind Smith Hall), Greensboro, NC 27411 Office: 336-833-3574
Construction Resource Center of Raleigh - 5800 Faringdon Place, Raleigh, NC 27609 Office: 919-290-7282

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