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MBE/WBE Program 

A Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) is one which is owned and controlled by at least fifty-one percent (51%) minority member(s). Minority group members are citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States who are Black, Hispanic, Asian Pacific Islanders, American Indians, or Alaskan Natives. A Women Business Enterprise (WBE ) is one that is at least fifty-one percent (51%) owned and controlled by a woman or women who are citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States.

The primary goal of City's MBE/WBE Program is to create an environment that:

  • promotes meaningful business opportunities
  • builds productive partnerships
  • creates successful integration of M/WBE firms within the business infrastructure of the City of Indianapolis

To achieve these goals, City concentrates its M/WBE Program in three areas:

  • communications and education
  • procurement procedures and partnerships
  • internal accountability


VBE Program

The City of Indianapolis and Mayor Gregory A. Ballard have a history of strong support for our veterans. In June of 2008 Mayor Ballard issued an Executive Order to provide additional economic opportunities by setting  a goal of Veteran Owned Businesses achieving at least 3% of the City of Indianapolis total  purchase of goods and services .The goal is to help men and women who return home after serving their country to start or expand their own business.