Equity in Contracting Initiative

Minority-Owned Small Businesses: Compete to Win Government Contracts

The Equity in Contracting Program Can Help Your Business Grow

Are you a small business owner looking to compete in the government contracting space? The Equity in Contracting Initiative provides targeted assistance to help small businesses compete to win government contracts and emphasizes diversity to create a more equitable environment.

Join one of three sessions for the program: 

  • Session 1: May 23, 2022 – August 15, 2022

    • Apply now for Session 1; keep reading for eligibility requirements. 
  • Session 2: September 5, 2022 – November 28, 2022
  • Session 3: January 9, 2023 – March 27, 2023

Supported by the Wells Fargo Open for Business Fund

The program seeks to maximize impact by helping underrepresented businesses:

  • increase overall knowledge of government contracting processes and certifications. 

  • plan, prepare, and compete to win government contracts through specialized 1-on-1 counseling in a flexible, yet guided, 12-week session.

  • develop critical resources and relationships to meet market needs.

  • assess business readiness and receive back-office support, such as accounting, human resources, legal assistance, marketing, and technology.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You are the owner and/or CEO of the company.

  • Your business is located in Mecklenburg County.

  • Your business has been in operation for at least one year.

  • Your business is considered a small business.

  • The majority of your business (51%) is owned and operated by a minority.

  • You have a strong commitment to grow your business and actively participate in the process.

Apply for the Equity in Contracting Small Business Program

Central Piedmont is currently accepting applications for Session I — deadline is Friday, May 13, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Submit Your Application

Services and Support for Your Small Business

  • Workshops

    • Securing Government Certifications
    • Relationships and Results: Marketing your Business to the Government
    • Create a Winning Contract
  • Mentoring

    • access to capital
    • accounting and financial management
    • business planning
    • government contracting and certification
    • Human Resources/organizational development
    • legal assistance
    • marketing and communications
    • public health requirements
    • technology training
  • Management Assistance

    • accounting
    • legal assistance
    • marketing
    • payroll management
    • software 
    • technical assistance
    • website design