The Business Equity Division is here to help certified small, minority-owned and women-owned businesses gain access to the direct contracting and sub-contracting opportunities offered by city procurement in compliance with the City Council-approved Business Diversity Enterprise (BDE) Ordinance No. 20020-12-2011. Qualified businesses must be located within the market areas applicable to the six county areas where the city spends 80 percent of its tax dollars. Those counties are Tarrant, Dallas, Denton, Johnson, Parker and Wise. Only firms with a principal office in the market area will be counted towards the city’s BDE goals. Read more»
The Business Equity Division provides assistance with the following certification programs:
- Minority- or Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) — If your company is at least 51-percent owned and operated by one or more minorities or women or, for a publicly owned business, at least 51-percent ownership of the stock is held, your company qualifies as an M/WBE.
- Small Business Enterprise (SBE) — The U.S. Small Business Administration can help small businesses qualify to compete for government contracts as a small business. Check out the size requirements to see if your business qualifies for these opportunities.
- Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) — The DBE program is designed to provide M/WBEs a level playing field when contracting on federally funded projects.
For information about MWBE requirements in City of Fort Worth tax incentive agreements, visit the Economic Development Department