What is the M/WBE program?
In order to advocate fair and equitable opportunities for the participation of Minority/Women Based Enterpirse firms, HISD is committed to providing opportunities in the areas of purchasing, professional services, and construction. We define an M/WBE firm as a business enterprise that is at least 51% owned by one of the following socially/economically disadvantaged groups – African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American, Native-American, and Women. In order to register with HISD as an M/WBE, that firm must be certified by the City of Houston,
the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council, and/or the Women's Business Enterprise Alliance
Do you offer workshops related to the M/WBE program?
We offer workshops on the first Wednesday of each month at the HISD CFS Operations - Grounds & Facilities Ctr. (Formerly Brock ES)
, 1417 Houston Avenue, Houston, TX 77007-6237
from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. If the first Wednesday should fall on a scheduled holiday, the workshop will move to the next Wednesday that month. Please call our Coordinator, Linda McKeehan at (713) 556-7273 for the scheduled dates and times for these events.
Which M/WBE certification agencies are accepted by HISD?HISD accepts M/WBE certifications from the following agencies:
How do I become registered as a M/WBE firm?
We are an out-of-town firm wanting to do business with HISD, do we have to be Houston certified?
How do I complete the M/WBE forms in my proposal?
For assistance in completing the M/WBE forms you may attend a workshop on the first Wednesday of each month at the HISD CFS Operations - Grounds & Facilities Ctr. (Formerly Brock ES)
located at 1417 Houston Avenue, Houston, TX 77007-6237
from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. If the first Wednesday should fall on a scheduled holiday, the workshop will move to the next Wednesday that month. Contact our office for a list of scheduled times and dates for these events. You may also call the Business Assistance Department at (713) 556-7273 for assistance by telephone or to schedule a meeting with a Supplier Diversity Specialist.
Do you have a list of registered M/WBEs?
A current list of certified and registered M/WBE suppliers is located on our website in the M/WBE directory.
What are the current M/WBE goal levels?
Purchasing - 20% M/WBE goal for contracts over $50,000
Professional Services - 25% M/WBE goal for contracts over $50,000
Construction - 20% M/WBE goal for contracts over $50,000