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City Hall Hustle: Trying to Share the Work
Council tweaks MBE/WBE rules to broaden contract participation
"...and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program. Otherwise known as MBE/WBE, the program is an alphabet soup of participants (minority-..."

Oct. 29, 2010 News Column by Wells Dunbar

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large
Even if a current criminal probe turns up no fire, Austin's minority contracting program has never lacked for smoke and heat.
"...Public Debate Capital of the World, and the city's M/WBE ("minority/women's business enterprise") program -- focusing as it does..."

Dec. 6, 2002 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

How Do You Formulate a Grand Prix?
The race to nail down an F1 deal involves multiple entities
"...involvement by local minority-owned and women-owned business enter­prises (aka "MBE/WBE") hoping to get a share of a project that..."

Nov. 19, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Watering the F1 MBE/WBEs
F1 gets pro-active on small business involvement with commission vote
"...minority-owned and women-owned business enterprise involvement (commonly known as MBE/WBE.) Their backing now goes to council for final approval...."

Nov. 11, 2010 Sports Post by Richard Whittaker

Cracks in the System
Is the City's Minority Procurement Process Up to Par?
"...force behind the Texas Center for Women's Business Enterprise (TCWBE) and by all indications a person with a flair..."

Sept. 19, 1997 News Feature by Chris Walters

Naked City
The City Council considers ways to strengthen Austin's Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprise Program, which awards contracts for city work to businesses owned by minorities and women.
"...to strengthen the city's Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) program. One of the first orders of business, according..."

Dec. 31, 1999 News Feature by Jenny Staff Johnson

Big Brotherly Love
City Council Continues Juvenile Curfew
"...that the city was not serious about enforcing its M/WBE policy (O'Neal was the only company to bid on..."

Aug. 28, 1998 News Column by Jenny Staff

Report: AISD Discriminates Against Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses
AISD Trustee Saldaña "not surprised" by the study because many of the issues uncovered are endemic
"...comes to government contracts, minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MBE/WBE) have had trouble winning deals (earning them the name..."

Dec. 18, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Faulty Files at the City's Minority Business Department
Auditor's report: City's SMBR has operated with faulty info
"...of Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) for the City of Austin," says the report, released..."

March 9, 2007 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Numbers Not Adding Up for City's Small and Minority Business Department
Problems with certification plaguing the office
"...of Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) for the City of Austin," says the report, released..."

Feb. 28, 2007 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Dukes Up Between Dawnna and AISD Board?
A longstanding vendetta between Dawnna Dukes and the AISD Board?
"...goal of increasing participation of minority- and women-owned businesses (MBE/WBE) in district external contracts. That HUB contractor is currently..."

Dec. 16, 2016 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

CodeNEXT Marches On
City Council extends consultant contract, maintains timeline
"...and rethink the contract until it can meet its MBE/WBE goals. Frank Fuentes of the Hispanic Contractors Association responded..."

Oct. 13, 2017 News Post by Michael King

The Road to 10-1: NAAO Forum, or …
How do you fit three dozen candidates into two hours?
"...to consider: the AARC; the city’s minority business program (MBE/WBE); increasing Asian American employment in the city’s own workforce;..."

July 26, 2014 News Post by Michael King

AISD's Underutilized Business
AISD weighs equity study to improve its limited program for minority- and women-owned firms
"...program – the Minority-Owned Busi­ness Enter­prise/Women-Owned Business Enterprise, or MBE/WBE for short – since 1987. Veron­ica Briseño Lara, director..."

May 24, 2013 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Then There's This: As the Door Revolves ...
Contractors cry foul when ex-city official returns – wearing new hat
"...he said. "I am very knowledgeable of the city's [M/WBE program] and I would have no reason to hire..."

Nov. 9, 2012 News Column by Amy Smith

Civics 101
"...MBE/WBE FEEDBACK MBE/WBE and Small Business Advisory Committee wants to..."

March 30, 2012 News Column

Naked City
"...• The audience at the MBE/WBE and Small Business Advisory Committee expressed serious concerns last..."

March 16, 2007 News Feature

Land Lock
from east to west, land use a hot topic
"...possible revisions may be in order for the city's M/WBE (Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises) ordinance. Lawyer Colette..."

March 24, 2000 News Column by Jenny Staff Johnson

While Council's Away the Mayor Will Play
Council seeks to feast on the good of the land
"...consultants' report saying the city's minority-and-women-owned business contracting programs (MBE/WBE), intended to promote more diverse contracting, still aren't working..."

March 17, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

Austin Considers Film Incentives
Localized subsidies proposed to fight off in-state competition
"...and women-owned business incentives, and suggested at least monitoring MBE-WBE participation over the first six months. His interest was..."

April 22, 2014 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Council: Isn't That Special?
City punts on special events ordinance
"...to the city's Minority- and Women-Owned Busi­ness Ordinance (aka MBE/WBE, or more mellifluously, "Mibby-Wibby"); no surprise here if that..."

Nov. 15, 2013 News Feature by Michael King

Point Austin: Storm Surge
Finger-pointing follows lost fed funds for Weatherization Assistance Program
"...Austin Energy to address the concerns of a city MBE/WBE advisory committee that was created after relations between AE..."

Dec. 2, 2011 News Column by Amy Smith

City Budget Meetings
This week's opportunities to weigh in

April 29, 2011 News Feature

The Daily Hustle: 2/22/11
Job changes afoot at city
"...delivery, contract administration and Minority Business Enterprises/Women Business Enterprises (MBE/WBE) initiatives...."

Feb. 22, 2011 News Post by Wells Dunbar

The Daily Hustle: 12/1/10
Sunny outlook for economic incentives?
"...Comply with the standards and principles of the City’s M/WBE Program Ordinance in the design and construction of leasehold..."

Dec. 1, 2010 News Post by Wells Dunbar

The Daily Hustle: 10/28/10 (Updated)
Green roofs and water plants at City Council
"...phase-out of equestrian ownership) and passage of the four MBE/WBE subcontracting tweaks we wrote about in print this week,..."

Oct. 28, 2010 News Post by Wells Dunbar

The Daily Hustle: 10/26/10
Sussing out a so-so agenda
"...and commodities. As a whole, the four amendments increase MBE/WBE subcontracting goals for bidders through a few different means:..."

Oct. 26, 2010 News Post by Wells Dunbar

The Daily Hustle: 9/9/10
Laura Morrison looks to the budget
"...A special called meeting of the MBE/WBE & Small Business Enterprise Procurement Prog Advisory Committee gathers..."

Sept. 9, 2010 News Post by Wells Dunbar

The Daily Hustle: 9/7/10
The budget laid bare
"...On the city calendar: The MBE/WBE and Small Business Enterprise Procurement Program Advisory Committee meets..."

Sept. 7, 2010 News Post by Wells Dunbar

The Daily Hustle: 8/3/10
Sparks rains on City Council
"...On the city calendar: The MBE/WBE and Small Business Enterprise Procurement Program Advisory Committee meets..."

Aug. 3, 2010 News Post by Wells Dunbar

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