The purpose of the Small & Minority Business Resources Department (SMBR) is to administer the Minority/ Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE) and the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Procurement Program. SMBR was established by Austin City Council in 1987 to provide developmental opportunities and resources to small businesses so they can have affirmative access to City procurement opportunities and show productive growth.
Promote and encourage minority, women, and disadvantaged business owners to participate in business opportunities with the City of Austin;
Afford Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (MBE), Women-Owned Busines Enterprises (WBEs) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) an equal opportunity to compete for work on City contracts; and
Encourage bidders to promote subcontracting opportunities to certified MBEs, WBEs and DBEs by soliciting firms for subcontracting opportunities.
The City of Austin shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin or sex in the award or performance of a contract.