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Last Updated: 2020-04-01

Mission

Our mission is to facilitate, produce, and advance opportunities for minority business enterprises (MBE), emerging small businesses (ESB), and disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE) to successfully participate in the full array of contracting opportunities available in the city of Richmond.

Goal

The OMBD shall direct its efforts toward making the utilization and recognition of minority, disadvantaged, and emerging business enterprises in Richmond's procurement activities the usual course of practice.

Our Values

We believe in functioning with honesty, integrity and upholding the highest work ethic.

We are dedicated to helping the business community.

We make every effort to deliver quality customer service.

We strive to accomplish creativeness and innovativeness.

We embrace self-improvement to maintain our quality workforce.

COVID-19 Information for Minority and Emerging Small Businesses

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The City of Richmond Office of Minority Business is here to help you navigate through this Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Though our office is physically closed, we will continuously provide you with communications and updates as they are received via our webpage, Facebook and eBlast.

We have updated our Covid19 webpage with information and business resources.

If you still have questions, would like to be added to our email distribution or need to speak with someone, please call us at (804) 646-5947 or email us at Minority.Business.Development@richmondgov.com. Thank you and stay safe!

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Overview

As contracting and development opportunities in Richmond increase, the Office of Minority Business Development (OMBD) remains committed to providing maximum opportunities for minority, disadvantaged and emerging businesses. It is our mission to help these businesses participate in the full array of contracting opportunities our city has to offer.

While OMBD's programming encourages minorities to start new businesses,

  • We are equally focused on ensuring that existing minority and emerging businesses take the necessary steps to achieve substantive growth.
  • We are geared to informing, educating and motivating minority and emerging firms to become more involved in procurement opportunities.
  • We also create opportunities that enable contractors and service providers to build strategic alliances with one another.
  • We remain committed to increasing the number of minority-owned businesses that are selected as prime vendors for city projects, as well as working to increase the money paid to minority and emerging businesses.

Working with the business community, OMBD will continue to strive to reach the city's goal and contribute to a sustained, long-term turn-around in the quality of life for city residents with quality public schools and diverse economic opportunities. The OMBD will be partnering with Community Wealth Building office with emphasis on entrepreneurship, job creation and revenue building.

No person shall be subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin under any program or activity that receives Federal financial assistance. If you feel you have been discriminated against on a city of Richmond's project, please complete the Complaint form and submit it to our office.

Office of Minority Business Development cancels all business development series and workshops

By Office of the Press Secretary to the Mayor - March 16, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, the City of Richmond's Office of Minority Business Development (OMBD) will be canceling all business development seminars, workshops, and/or series until further notice. Business one-on-one consultations will still be available to current and future entrepreneurs via phone. The localities on Friday declared states of emergency as a precautionary measure over the global outbreak of the coronavirus.

The OMBD encourages all businesses to follow the instructions of your local health department and to check your locality's website for the latest updates and safety tips. The OMBD will send out a communication when we are able to resume workshops and classes. We appreciate everyone's cooperation with this matter.

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Contact Information:

Minority Business Development
City of Richmond
1500 East Main Street, 5th Floor
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
Phone: (804)646-5947
Fax: (804)646-0136

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