Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises

It is the policy of the City of Dallas to involve qualified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) to the greatest extent feasible in the City’s construction, professional services, and procurement programs. In consideration of this policy, on October 31, 1984, pursuant to resolution 843501, the City Council adopted the Good Faith Effort Plan which has been revised by resolution in 1989 and 1993.

Under the Plan, bidders / proposers are required to meet or demonstrate and document their efforts to meet established goals when competing for City of Dallas contracts. The Plan pinpoints administrative accountability and responsibilities within the City, formalizes the certification and goal setting process and establishes guidelines to ensure adequate demonstration of good faith efforts to obtain M/WBE participation.

The following are the M/WBE Goals for Contract Categories:

  • Construction – 25%
  • Architectural and Engineering – 25.66%
  • Professional Services – 36.30%
  • Other Services – 23.80%
  • Goods – 18.00%

What is certification?

Certification is the process by which a business enterprise is initially determined by the North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency to be a bona-fide M/WBE.

For a qualified M/WBE business to be counted in the participation of City’s projects as outlined in the Good Faith Effort Plan, the business must be currently certified. The City is a member of the North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (NCTRCA), and recognizes businesses certified through them.

What are the procedures for a business to pursue certification as an M/WBE, and the fee?

Vendors interested in becoming certified as a M/WBE can contact the North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (NCTRCA) in the Services (BDS) Office at

Center Point Two, Six Flags Drive, Suite 128,
Arlington, TX 76011

During the process the NCTRCA may require additional documentation.

How do I get on the City of Dallas bidders (vendor) list?

Interested vendors may get on the City of Dallas bidders list by registering online at by clicking here or contact

Business Development, Dallas City Hall
1500 Marilla Street, Room 3F North
Dallas, Texas 75201-6390
214-670-3325 / 214-670-3235