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1500 East Main Street, 5th Floor
Richmond, VA
23219 USA

Email: Ask Minority Business

Phone: (804)646-5947
Fax: (804)646-0136

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Welcome to Compliance!

The City of Richmond’s Office of Minority Business Development (OMBD) is committed to increasing contracting opportunities for all minority business enterprises (MBEs), emerging small businesses (ESBs) and disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs). The OMBD is focused on building minority business capacity, improving access and tracking contract utilization.

The OMBD is mandated by the City Code to set goals and monitor those contracts for Minority Business Enterprises, Emerging Small Business, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises participation. 

The OMBD responsibilities include:

  • Setting Goals on Contracts where MBE/ESB participation is available
  • Monitoring MBE/ESB participation on contracts through on-site visits, interviews with workers and compliance desk audits.
  • Making presentations at pre-construction conferences and meetings to explain the compliance guidelines to contractors and answer questions regarding MBE, ESB, and DBE compliance.
  • Collaborating with several City departments in the final evaluation of City contracts


The OMBD is committed to building capacity through our subcontracting program and various developmental resources. 

Title VI Notice to Public

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Notifying the Public Rights Under Title VI


The City of Richmond, Virginia operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, and national origin in accordance with title VI of the Civil Rights Act.  Any person who believes she or he has been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file a complaint with the City of Richmond.

For more information on the City of Richmond's civil rights program, and the procedures to file a complaint, contact (804) 646-5919; email: or visit our office at 1500 E. Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219.  For more information, visit

A complainant may file a complaint directly with the Federal Transit Administration by filing a complaint with the office of Civil Rights, Attention:  Title VI Program Coordinator, East Building, 5th Floor-TCR, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20590.

Procedure for Title VI Complaint 

Title VI Complaint Form



Notificación al público sobre sus derechos bajo el Título VI


La Ciudad de Richmond, Virginia opera sus programas y servicios sin discriminar por raza, color u origen nacional, de acuerdo al Título VI del Acta de Derechos civiles. Cualquier persona que crea que ha sido afectada por alguna práctica discriminatoria ilegal cubierta por el Título VI, puede presentar su queja ante la Ciudad de Richmond.  

Si desea más información acerca del programa de derechos civiles de la Ciudad de Richmond o de los procedimientos para presentar un reclamo, puede llamar al (804) 646-5919, enviar un correo electrónico a: o visitar nuestras instalaciones, ubicadas en el 1500 E. Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219. Para más información, visite nuestra página en Internet:

Los reclamantes también pueden presentar sus quejas directamente a la Administración Federal de Transporte, presentando su reclamo por correo postal a:

Office of Civil Rights

Attention: Title VI Program Coordinator

East Building, 5th Floor-TCR

1200 New Jersey Ave., SE

Washington, DC 20590



Procedimiento Titulo VI

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Public Announcements

The City of Richmond's Office of Minority Business Development has established an overall 20% participation goal for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs). This participation goal is based on contracting opportunities at the Main Street Station Renovation Project during the city's fiscal years beginning October1, 2018 thru September 30, 2021, pursuant to 49 CFR, Part 26.

Documentation on the development of this goal is available for inspection Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until December 31, 2020 at the following address:

Mr. Robert O. Holmes, Jr., Deputy Director, Senior
City of Richmond's Office of Minority Business Development
1500 East Main Street, 5th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219

Anuncios Públicos

La Oficina de Desarrollo de Negocios Minoritarios de la Ciudad de Richmond ha establecido una meta del 20% para la participación de las Empresas Comerciales Desfavorecidas (ECDs, por sus siglas en inglés). Esta meta de participación está basada en oportunidades de contratación en el Proyecto de Renovación de la Estación de Main Street durante los fiscales de la ciudad a partir de octubre 1, 2018 a 30 de septiembre, 2021, de conformidad con 49 CFR, Parte 26.

La documentación sobre el desarrollo de este objetivo está disponible para inspección de lunes a viernes de 8:00 a.m. a 5:00 p.m. hasta el 31 julio de 2021, en la siguiente dirección:

Mr. Robert O. Holmes, Jr.
Director Adjunto, Senior
Ciudad de Richmond, Oficina de Desarrollo de Negocios Minoritarios
1500 East Main Street, 5th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219

Getting Registered as an MBE with the OMBD

Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) are businesses at least 51% of which is owned and controlled or 51% minority-owned and operated by minority group members or, in case of a stock corporation, at least 51% of the stock is owned and controlled by minority group member. Minority group members are citizens of the U.S. who are African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American and American Indian. 

MBE Registration Required Documents

  • Color Copy of Government-Issued Identification
  • Copy of Business License (county or city where headquartered)
  • Copy of Contractor’s License (if applicable to field of work)
  • Copy of Proof of Ownership (copy of EIN letter or Stock Certificate)
  • Copy of Articles of Incorporation (Inc.) or Articles of Organization (LLC)
  • Copy of Bond Certification (if applicable)
  • Copy of Work Related History (Owner’s Resume or Business Brochure)
  • Copy of Certification (see below for acceptable certification)

Click here to access the portal: Minority Business Development Registration  (Minority-Owned)

Under "OMBD Vendor Registry", Select "Apply for Registration" to access the registration.

Getting Certified as an ESB with the OMBD

Emerging Small Businesses (ESBs) are non-minority owned businesses that are located in one of the City of Richmond's Enterprise Zones. 


ESB Certification Requirements

  • Non-minority owned businesses located in one of the City of Richmond's Enterprise Zones
  • Company has fewer than 10 full-time permanent employees.
  • Pays personal property, real estate and business taxes as applicable to the City of Richmond.
  • Not a subsidiary of another business and/or does not belong to a group of businesses owned and controlled by the same individuals. 
  • Annual gross receipts of $500,000 or less for each of its three fiscal years preceding application for such certification if engaged primarily in the construction business or of $250,000 or less if engaged primarily in a non-construction business.
  • Required site visit.


ESB Certification Required Documents

  • Color Copy of Government-Issued Identification
  • Copy of City of Richmond Business License
  • Copy of Leasing Agreement (Business must be located in City of Richmond Enterprise Zone)
  • Copy of Contractor’s License (if applicable)
  • Copy of Proof of Ownership (copy of EIN letter or Stock Certificate)
  • Copy of company’s federal income tax filings for last three years
  • Affidavit stating business is not operating/headquartered outside of Richmond, Virginia
  • Copy of Work Related History (Owner’s Resume or Business Brochure)

Click here to access the portal: Emerging Small Business Certification (Non-Minority Owned)

Under "Vendor Certification", Select "Apply for/renew Certification" to access the certification application.

Additional Certification (MBE/ESB Participation Credit)

The Office of Minority Business Development recognizes three certifications for MBE/ESB participation credit on the City of Richmond’s construction and non-construction projects. All subcontractors participating on one or more of the City of Richmond’s projects must be certified by one of the following agencies or organizations: 

  • SWaM Certified as Minority-Small (MS) or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) with the State of Virginia’s Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD). SWaM Certification 
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certified with Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA). MWAA Certification
  • 8A Certified with the Small Business Administration (SBA) 8A Certification

**Prime Contractors are responsible for ensuring their subcontractor(s) are certified with one of the above agencies to obtain full MBE/ESB participation credit on the project they have been awarded.