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Last Updated: 2020-01-23


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.


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.


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.

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