Women and Minority-Owned Business Assistance

One on One Consulting

The Economic Development Division offers business development services to Cambridge small businesses. Staff assist businesses from many business sectors, including minority-owned and women-owned businesses. Click here for information on the City of Cambridge's purchasing policies and vendor registration.

Diversity Directory

The Cambridge Diversity Directory lists businesses owned by women or minorities, including people of color, veterans, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ owners, and business owners of Portuguese descent. The City uses the same categories for women-owned and minority-owned businesses as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) Supplier Diversity Program. Businesses do not need to be state certified to be listed in the Cambridge Diversity Directory.

The Directory serves as a marketing and networking tool connecting women-owned and minority-owned businesses with large and small companies and institutions looking for opportunities to work with this specific business community.

Click here to access the City of Cambridge Diversity Directory

List Your Women-Owned or Minority-Owned Business in the Diversity Directory

The Economic Development Division collects information about Cambridge’s women-owned and minority-owned businesses on an ongoing basis. If your business is eligible please complete the survey and return it to the Economic Development Division for inclusion in the next updated version of the Directory.

Go to the Diversity Directory Business Questionnaire

State Supplier and Diversity Office (SDO)

Each year state agencies purchase millions of dollars worth of products and services from businesses certified as minority or women-owned. To participate in these opportunities, each business must be certified through the State’s Supplier and Diversity Office (SDO). Certification is given to businesses that are at least 51% minority or women-owned. If your business is located in Cambridge, you can learn more about this certification process at a free information session given by SDO and sponsored by the Economic Development Division.

The information session will present the requirements for state certification of minority (MBE) and women business enterprises (WBE) and discuss the guidelines for the US Department of Transportation’s (US DOT) disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) program.

The Commonwealth's Supplier Diversity Program (SDP) includes the following designations: Minority (MBE), Women (WBE), Service-Disabled Veteran (SDVOBE), Veteran (VBE), Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender (LGBTQ), Disability-Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE), and Portuguese-Owned Businesses (PBE). To learn more about these certifications, click here.

The state also has a Small Business Purchasing Program (SBPP). Learn about the goals and benefits of the SBPP and how to apply to be a program participant here.

Small Business Administration (SBA)

You may take for granted that your company is a "small business." The distinction is important if you wish to register for government contracts as a small business. To learn about how to certify your business as a small business and other federal contract opportunities, click here.

For More Information

If you would like to have your business listed in the Diversity Directory, please contact Rona Abrahams, rabrahams@cambridgema.gov, at 617/349-4637.