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Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (BAO)

The business assistance office is responsible for contract compliance, as well as administration and enforcement of the equal business opportunity program.

Equal Business Opportunity Program

This program seeks to increase government spending with black, brown, and woman owned businesses in the Metropolitan statistical area.

For Metro contracts, the program sets percentage targets for minority owned (MBE) and/or woman owned (WBE) subcontractor participation. Prime contractors are required to meet theses targets or otherwise demonstrate good faith effort.

To find a certified directory of minority owned (MBE) and women owned (WBE) businesses, visit Need further assistance with the equal business opportunity program? Email

Forms and Guides

Small Business Reserve

This program seeks to increase government spending with small businesses.

For Metro contracts valued at less than $250,000, a marketplace has been established where--subject to availability--only small firms may initially compete for work. Solicitations for construction, architecture and engineering, and professional services may be placed in the reserve.

To qualify, a firm must first register to do business with Metro and be approved as a small business (SBE).

Need further assistance with the small business reserve? Email

Forms and Guides

Guide - Small Business Reserve

Contact Us

Via Express Mail
Suite 112, Lindsley Hall
730 2nd Avenue South
Nashville TN 37210

Via USPS Mail
730 2nd Avenue South
PO Box 196300
Nashville TN 37219

615-862-6180 Phone
615-862-6179 FAX

Business Assistance Office
615-880-2814 Phone
615-862-6175 FAX