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City of Asheville Business Inclusion Office

P. O. Box 7148 Asheville, NC 28802



Minority and Woman Business Enterprise Certification Form for Businesses Already Certified through HUB

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Certified Minority or Woman Business Enterprise (MWBE) with the City of Asheville.

This application form is only for businesses already certified through the State of North Carolina’s Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) Office. If you are not certified through HUB, please go back and complete the regular MWBE Certification Form.

Please complete this application in full. In order for us to process your application, you must submit all supporting and required documentation. The City of Asheville reserves the right to request additional information as needed to verify eligibility. A copy of your completed application will be emailed to you after you submit it, please keep that copy for your records. Please contact the Asheville Business Inclusion (ABI) Office if you have any questions or need assistance completing this form.

Note: Please be prepared to complete this application process in one session as you will not be able to save and continue later.

To start, be sure you are registered as a vendor with the City. To register, click below.

How to register as a Vendor for The City of Asheville
Items You Will Need:
  • Completed W-9
  • Your NIGP Code(s)
  • Depending on your business structure, you may need your Social Security Number or EIN (FID)
  • ***The information on this form needs to match the information on your W-9
We highly encourage you to have your completed W-9 and your certification copy to upload; additionally, have your identification number and NIGP Code ready to be inputted into the application.

Application Submission Steps:

  • Visit the Vendor Registry Page and follow the applicable instructions.

  • Inside the Form Choose One Below:

    • New vendor if you have never been a vendor for the City; or

    • Existing vendor updating my information if you are already a vendor for the City of Asheville

  • Helpful notes:

    • Under Identification, choose SSN or FID

    • 1099 Information From W-9--- CLICK YES

    • Input your NGIP Code(s) 

    • Under General Contact Information, Accounts Payable Contact Information, and Purchasing Contact Information, you can list yourself unless you have someone else doing those things for you.

    • Is the business an MWBE (Minority and women-owned business enterprise) -- If applicable, CLICK YES

      • If yes, choose the Type of MWBE

    • Minority-Owned Business Certified? If applicable, CLICK YES

      • If yes, submit certification documents

    • Once your W9 has been uploaded, click Submit in the bottom right of the page.

Other (Non-City of Asheville) Certifications:
There are several Minority and Women Business Enterprises (MWBE) certifications that the City of Asheville recognizes. Here are the links:

Please return to this MWBE Certfication Application after you have registered as a vendor.


About the Vendor Application:
About Certifications:
END of vendor registration instructions. Continue to apply for the MWBE Certfication.

Please note that you may apply for either MBE or WBE certification ; you may not apply to be both an MBE and a WBE. If you are a business 51% or more owned by a woman who is a member of a minority group, you must apply as an MBE due to the State of North Carolina’s requirements and definitions of these categories.


Minority and Woman Business Enterprise Certification Form for Businesses Already Certified through HUB


Asheville Relevant Market Area” means the Asheville regional area based on the most recent disparity study. Through November 1, 2023, this includes Buncombe, Haywood, Jackson, Transylvania, Henderson, Polk, Rutherford, McDowell, Yancey and Madison counties. Mecklenburg County is included only for professional services (Architect, Engineer, Surveyor, and Construction Manager at Risk) only.

Significant Business Presence” means the business enterprise is headquartered in the Asheville Regional Area, where at least 25% of its total employees are regularly based, and where the business enterprise conducts its functions. A location used only as a post office box, mail drop or message center, or any combination along those lines is not considered a Significant Business Presence.

Eligibility for MWBE Certification

To be eligible for MWBE Certification, your business must meet the following requirements. Click "yes" next to each item if it applies to your business:

Are you a registered vendor with the City of Asheville?

Look up your Vendor number herePlease give the vendor lookup tool a minute to load.

Please register as a vendor before continuing with this application.

Return to the first page of this form for instructions, or complete the Vendor Registration Form here.

Is your business currently certified as a Minority or Woman Business Enterprise under the State of North Carolina's Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) Office?

Please upload your certification document here:

Click Here to Upload

Please complete the regular MWBE Certification Form instead.

Does your business or institution have a Significant Business Presence* in the Asheville Relevant Market Area*?

Based on this answer, we will need further information. Please reach out in the next 48 hours via email to Please continue filling out this application.

Please enter the address where your business is headquartered.

Additional Information

Are you interested in taking advantage of any training opportunities with the City of Asheville or other local business development organizations, such as applying for licenses, learning how to prepare a bid, financial training, marketing training, etc?

Are you interested in learning more about local loan and collateral pools for small business owners offered by local organizations?

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