Minority Participation Programs and Public Contracting

  • Chapel Hill, NC
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This course will examine federal and state laws that encourage participation in public contracts by historically underutilized businesses (“HUBs”), minority and women-owned business enterprises (“MWBEs”), and disadvantaged business enterprises (“DBEs”).  Instructors also will address the practical aspects of running a HUB / MWBE program, including preparing for a disparity study, the development of a HUB/MWBE plan, monitoring contractor compliance with HUB / MWBE requirements, following reporting requirements, and building the capacity of HUB or MWBE firms.  Attendance is open to local government professionals as well as private sector participants with an interest in these matters.

This course is offered in conjunction with a new certification (“Certified Economic Inclusion Officer” or “CEIO”) offered by the N.C. MWBE Coordinators’ Network and assisted by the UNC School of Government.  Individuals seeking CEIO certification will demonstrate sufficient knowledge, abilities, and experience in legal requirements and practical aspects of administering a HUB, MWBE, or DBE program in the State of North Carolina. To obtain CEIO certification, applicants must, among other things, complete this course and pass an examination administered by the UNC School of Government.  More information is available here.

Additional information

If you’re interested in the Certified Economic Inclusion Officer Certification, please know that you’ll also need to take the following courses: 

Basic Principles of Local Government Purchasing
Contracting for Construction and Design

This course is sponsored by the N.C. MWBE Coordinators' Network, check out their brochure in the materials section of this page. 

  • Chapel Hill, NC
    March 25 - 26, 2025
    UNC Knapp-Sanders Building
    400 South Road
    Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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Course materials will be provided here on the course webpage, as well as through Canvas. You will receive an email a week before the start of the course with Canvas information.

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Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:
Teaching Assistant Professor