City Hosts Minority and Women-Owned Businesses Certification Series

Published on June 01, 2023

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Media Contact:
Sue Romero
Communications Program Coordinator
(425) 587-3017


KIRKLAND, Wash. – The City of Kirkland is partnering with the Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise (OMWBE) to host a Summer Certification Series aimed at creating a procurement environment in which underrepresented business owners are afforded equitable opportunities for contract partnerships with the City.

“This series is an important step in removing barriers for historically underrepresented business owners who may not know how to navigate working with the City,” said Councilmember Kelli Curtis. “It’s a crucial step in our 5-Year DEIB Roadmap, it demonstrates our social justice values, and it will help us build stronger partnerships with our business community.”

The Summer Certification Series will be at Kirkland City Hall on:

  • Wednesday, June 14 at 10 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 19 at 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 10 at 5 p.m.

Business owners will learn how to procure contracts with the City in construction, consulting, engineering, architecture, subcontracting and more.  All sessions of the series will cover the same topics.  Registration is available now on Eventbrite.

The Summer Certification Series is a part of the City of Kirkland’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Five Year Roadmap. To learn more about the Summer Certification Series, please contact Don Robinson at or (425) 587-3011.

The Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) certifies small businesses owned and controlled by minority, women, and socially/economically disadvantaged persons in order to increase contracting opportunities for certified businesses with state and local governments. This certification can help business owners become visible to prime and general contractors, gain access to valuable government contracts, and network with contractors and government agencies. For-profit businesses owned and controlled by minorities, women and socially/economically disadvantaged people are eligible to be certified.