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Business Diversity and Compliance

Business Services

Looking to start a business in or relocate a business to Memphis? Wanting to conduct business with the City or just learn how the process works? The goal of this section is to provide helpful answers to people who seek just such things. Please Contact Us with comments regarding how we can further enhance your experience here…..


The City of Memphis is the primary certifying agency for the City of Memphis and all City funded projects. SMWBE certification with the City of Memphis is FREE. If you do not have a current certification with another agency, you may apply for the City Of Memphis in-house certification.


Contract Compliance serves as the support agency and administrative arm to the Equal Business Opportunity (EBO) Program and the Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program.


We Mean Business Success Summit Date: TBA (2023)

It’s that time again! Get excited! Join Mayor Jim Strickland, his administration and other partners for our annual We Mean Business Success Summit Sponsored by FedEx. This year’s Symposium will provide certified and registered vendors and potential vendors with an opportunity to become familiar with the City’s diversity programs and by providing an expo consisting of city divisions, outlining upcoming projects with the City of Memphis, Shelby County Government, Shelby County Schools and other partners.

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