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.
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. For more information, please call 816-513-1836.
To search for certified MWDBE companies, please use the MWDBE Directory. The MWDBE directory lists companies certified to do business with the City of Kansas City, Mo. The City has verified each company's ownership and scope of services. Search for companies by name, type of business, type of ownership or certification code. Also, you can view the full list of contractors by leaving all search fields blank.
The City of Kansas City, Mo.’s Contracting Program Requirements Ordinance, Part II, Chapter 3, Article IV, Division 1, Section 3-401 thru 3-420 requires that all vendors and contractors doing business with the City of Kansas City, Mo., be Equal Opportunity Employers who have an Affirmative Action Program in place to hire minorities and women if they are underutilized in the vendors and contractor's field of expertise.
The Affirmative Action Program is a positive program designed to ensure that a good-faith effort will be made to employ applicants and to treat employees equally without regard to their race, color, sex, religion, national origin or ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or age. The Human Relations Department ensures that all vendors and contractors conducting business with the City are in compliance with mandates of the City’s Contracting Program Requirements Ordinance.
How to Comply with City’s Affirmative Action Program
Any contractor that enters into a contract exceeding $300,000.00 with the City and who has 50 or more employees exclusive of parents, spouse, or children of such contractor is required to have an Affirmative Action Plan
(or Certificate of Compliance) in order to receive payment on that contract.
Any subcontractors that enter into or undertake, by virtue of a separate contract with a contractor, to fulfill all or any part of any contractor’s obligation under a contract exceeding $300,000.00 with the City, or who shall exercise any right granted to a franchise holder, and who has 50 or more employees exclusive of the parents, spouse or children of such subcontractors are required to have an Affirmative Action Plan (or Certificate of Compliance).
Any contract exceeding $300,000.00 shall include the following requirements as material terms thereof:
1. That contractor execute and submit an affidavit, in a form prescribed by the City, warranting that contractor has an affirmative action program in place and will maintain the Affirmative Action Program in place for the duration of the contract.
2. The contractor submit a copy of its current certificate of compliance (or its Affirmative Action Plan) to the Human Relations Department prior to receiving its first payment under the contract, unless a copy thereof shall have already been submitted to the Human Relations Department at any point with the previous two calendar years.
3. That contractor require an subcontractor awarded a subcontract exceeding $300,000.00 to affirm that subcontractor has an Affirmative Action Program in place and will maintain the Affirmative Action Program in place for the duration of the subcontract.
4. That contractor obtain from any subcontractor awarded a subcontract exceeding $300,000.00 a copy of the subcontractor’s current Certificate of Compliance and tender a copy of the same to the Human Relations Department within thirty (30) days from the date the subcontract is executed. If the subcontractor does not possess a current certificate of compliance, the contractor shall obtain a copy of the subcontractor’s Affirmative Action Program and tender a copy of the same to the Human Relations Department within thirty (30) days from the date the subcontract is executed.
Companies doing business with the city must have an approved vendor number. In order to obtain a vendor number, obtain a bidder/vendor application from the General Services Department, Procurement Division
and submit the completed application to Brian Hernandez, Supplier Relations Coordinator, 816-513-1598 or 816-335-5864 or fax 816-513-1156.