The intent of Business Inclusion is to:

  • Widen opportunities for participation
  • Increase competition
  • Ensure the proper and diligent use of public funds.
  • Increasing the City’s awareness of available minority, women, and small business vendors
  • Increasing Minority / Women Business Enterprises (MWBEs) utilization in City contracting
  • Promoting existing and start-up development of small business growth and profitability in the Asheville Regional Area
  • Monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on Minority and Women Business Enterprises

It is the City of Asheville’s policy to:

  • 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; and
  • 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.

For more information about doing business with The City of Asheville, visit Purchasing Vendor Registration MWBE Certification. For information about the Disparity Study, visit the project page.