Business Development Initiatives

​​​​​​​​The Minority Business Council provides information, guidance and programs that enable business owners to understand how to work with the City of Virginia Beach.  Additionally, you may find useful information relevant to contracting with other government agencies.


Resolution, adopted in 2008 by City Council, established to increase minority participation in city contracting.  In 2019, the Resolution was amended with an aspirational goal of 12%. 

A Resolution Setting A 12% Aspirational Goal For Minority-Owned Business Participation In City Contracts

Resolution, adopted in February 2020 by City Council, to implement all of the recommendations from the disparity study. 

A Resolution to Direct the City Manager to Implement All of the Recommendations from the Disparity Study

Resolution, adopted in June 2020 by City Council, as a result of the 2018 Disparity Study to establish an aspirational goal for women-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses in city contracting, 13.3% and 11.9% respectively. 

              A Resolution Setting An Aspirational Goal Of 13.3% for Women-Owned Business And 11.9% For Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Participation In City Contracts

Small Business Enhancement Program (SBEP) - implemented in August 2012, this programs enhances subcontracting/subconsulting opportunities for SWaM businesses.

       SBEP Ordinance Amended

       SBEP Ordinance

       SWaM Certified Subcontracting Participation Plan

       SWaM Certified Subcontracting Participation Plan-Fillable.pdf

       SWaM Certified SubConsulting Participation Plan-Fillable.pdf

Bond Waiver/Prequalification Program Information - Adopted by City Council in June 2011, the Bond Waiver Program alleviates the bonding burden for non-transportation construction related projects valued between $100,000 and $500,000.

      Bonding Ordinance

Ordinances adopted by City Council in June 2020 as a result of the 2018 Disparity Study:

      Enhanced Small Business Subcontracting

      Project Goals In Construction

      Sheltered Bidding in Construction and Goods & Services

      Small Business Certification Program