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The Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises certifies small, minority and women-owned businesses to facilitate their participation in public contracting and procurement. This is accomplished through a comprehensive certification process and education. The outcome - successful small businesses led by minorities, women and veterans help make our economy and our families more resilient, strengthening our communities and improving the quality of life for all Washingtonians.

Our Purpose

To be a vital and trusted resource for businesses owned by minorities, women and other under-represented communities to gain access, visibility, and contracting opportunities in procurement.  We work to promote equity in how Washington State spends its resources in the private sector by eliminating barriers to equitable participation in public spending and contracting.

Our Mission

To create and implement programs that provide maximum opportunity for participation of businesses owned by minorities, women, and other under-represented communities in public contracting.

Our Vision

OMWBE is dedicated to:

  • Eliminating systemic and institutional oppression in contracting in the State of Washington;
  • Driving innovation, strengthening, and diversifying overall statewide economic growth;
  • Empowering public entities to recognize and embrace the value of minority, women, and other under-represented communities’ owned businesses

Our Values

We are committed to promoting equity in public contracting and procurement for businesses owned by minorities, women and disadvantaged persons. We actively develop and practice cultural competency in our work with customers, communities and team members.

We are friendly and helpful—every time. We consistently listen to our customers, understand their needs and goals, and respond in a timely and professional manner. We always provide the highest level of customer service.

We communicate respectfully and openly. We create an environment where everyone feels comfortable speaking up and participating to solve problems. We listen to and appreciate others' opinions, needs and goals. We assume good intent. We are all responsible for OMWBE’s success.

We build great teams with the right skills, attitudes and work ethic to achieve our goals. We create a productive and positive environment by working together as a team. We openly share our knowledge and skills to promote the success of the agency. We take actions and make decisions that align with our agency’s mission, values and goals.

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