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Minority Business

It is the policy of Buncombe County to:  (1) provide minorities equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of County contracting and purchasing programs, including but not limited to, participation in procurement contracts for equipment, professional and other services contracts, and construction contracts; (2) prohibit discrimination against any person or business in pursuit of these opportunities on the basis of race, color sex, religion, disability or national origin, and to conduct its contracting and purchasing programs so as to prevent any discrimination and to resolve all claims of such discrimination.  Buncombe County will actively seek to identify qualified minority businesses and offer them an opportunity to participate as providers of goods and services to the County.  This policy is not intended in any manner to require that contracts be awarded to anyone other than the lowest responsible bidder, not to supersede the requirement of any federal, state or local laws and rules, regulations and policies adopted thereto.

Buncombe County requires certification for minority, disadvantaged or women-owned businesses.  Any business that desires to participate as a MBE will be required to complete and submit for certification, documents required by any of the agencies listed below.  Only those firms holding current certification through at least one of the following agencies will be considered eligible for inclusion in meeting the MBE participation percentage goals:

  • North Carolina Department of Administration – Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) certification
  • North Carolina Department of Transportation Minority/Disadvantaged/Women-owned Business certification
  • Small Business Administration 8(a) certification
  • Other governmental agencies on a case-by-case basis.


The NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) serves as the certifying agency for all DBEs seeking work on transportation-related contracts.

The NCDOT’s Unified Certification Program, (UCP) is a “one-stop shopping” certification procedure that will eliminate the need for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms to obtain certification from multiple agencies within the state. The firm can now apply one time with the NCDOT, and if approved, that certification is shared by all other federal recipients in the state, including Buncombe County/Mountain Mobility.

Firms must apply for certification as a DBE to NCDOT by completing the UCP application located on the NCDOT’s Web site. Detailed instructions on how to become certified as a DBE under the UCP are listed on the site.

The NCDOT maintains a unified DBE directory that will contain all firms certified by the UCP and make it available to the public electronically, on the internet, as well as in print.

Access the NCDOT’s website and apply for certification as a DBE.

DBE Opportunities

On September 27, 2005, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution authorizing the electronic posting of advertisements for piggybacking and surplus auctions on the County website in lieu of publishing legal notices in local newspapers. This resolution is backed up by North Carolina General Statute 143-129(g) as amended.  Please click the link for a complete list of current electronic advertisements .

Click this link for additional information on the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program.