Our mission is to ensure opportunities for minority, woman and disadvantaged owned companies on projects that are funded by taxpayers of the City of Kansas City, Mo., and to ensure that all companies the City does business with have fair hiring practices.
Minority, Women and Disadvantaged’s Business Enterprise Program
On all City projects above a certain dollar amount, the Human
Relations Department assigns goals for the participation of
minority and women owned businesses. City departments
and contractors work together to meet these goals. The
Minority, Women, or Disadvantaged's Enterprise Directory
lists all of the certified companies whose participation can
count towards City goals.
Minority and women owned businesses wanting to take
advantage of the opportunities afforded to them under the
MWDBE program must be at least 51 percent owned and
controlled by a minority or a woman and be City-certified.
If you would like to apply to have your business certified
as a Minority, Women, or Disadvantaged's Business
Enterprise, the application and other forms are located in
the "Resources" section of this page. A free certification
workshop is offered on the last Tuesday of every month.
The Human Relations Department also ensures that all
vendors and contractors doing business with the City are
in compliance with the mandates of the City’s Civil Rights
Ordinance. The MWDBE Division assists vendors and
contractors in developing positive affirmative action plans
to ensure that a good faith effort is made to employ minorities
and women at all levels of their workforce.
Vendors on an active City contract with a maximum value
greater than $300,000 must have a current Certificate of
Compliance (Affirmative Action Plan) in order to receive
payment on City contracts. Affirmative Action instructions
and forms can be found in the "Online Resources, Forms"
section of this page.