Division of Minority and Women's Business Development

Welcome to the Division of Minority and Women's Business Development (DMWBD). The mission of DMWBD is to promote equality of economic opportunities for MWBEs and to eliminate barriers to their participation in state contracts. We supplement New York State's economic leadership with information and resources that increase access to information and opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses throughout the State.

Our key objectives:

  • To encourage and assist state agencies that are engaged in contracting activities to award a fair share of state contracts to MWBEs.
  • To review applications by businesses seeking certification as an MWBE and to maintain a directory of certified MWBEs.
  • To promote the business development of MWBEs through education and outreach to agencies and MWBEs.

 New York State MWBE Forum:

The Sixth Annual Statewide MWBE Forum is the largest statewide business event for MWBE public sector contracting. The Forum is a once-a-year opportunity for MWBEs to learn where the contract opportunities are and how to win them. Learn strategies to grow your business. Acquire New skills to build your success plan for 2016 and beyond at a two-day event designed to transform your business.

Join New York State agencies, public authorities, prime contractors, and MWBEs at this two-day, information-filled event and chart your roadmap to success.

For additional information visit the 2016 NYS MWBE Forum website at www.NYSMWBEFORUM.org

We will see you in Albany on Wednesday, October 5 and Thursday, October 6!

Business Development - Supply and Demand

Opportunities for Real MWBE Growth by clicking here.

NYS MWBE Training Tuesdays

Are you a NYS certified MWBE? If so, then join these online capacity builder seminars to be informed on upcoming contracting opportunities, educated on best practices in marketing your business to NYS agencies and authorities, and equipped with available resources in positioning your business to compete successfully. For list of trainings and to register, click here.

GET NYS CERTIFICATION - New York State Contract System (NYSCS)

New Industry Standard Code System

Quick and easy identification of qualified MWBE certified firms by agencies, authorities, and prime contractors is essential to the growth of our business community and workforce.  To better serve you and facilitate the sourcing of firms, New York State has now adopted industry standard product and service codes for construction, professional services and commodities. For more info click here.

To view codes:
NIGP (National Institute of Governmental Purchasing) click here
CSI (Construction Specifications Institute) click here http://www.csinet.org/numbersandtitles
NYSDOT (New York State Department of Transportation) click here
NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) click here http://www.naics.com/search/

DMWBD Quick Links

MWBE Brochure Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) MWBE Rules & Regulations
Business Development Brochure MWBE News Article 15-A Statute