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.

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The Department of Economic Development has submitted proposed regulations amending the current Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development regulations, which govern the statewide Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (“MWBE”) program.  The purpose of the proposed amendment is to improve program efficiency, clarify requirements with respect to individual state agencies’ internal MWBE programs and ensure consistency with MWBE statutory requirements.

The MWBE Regulations will appear in the State Register on Wednesday, January 29, 2014.  The public comment period will begin on January 29, 2014 and conclude on March 17, 2014. 

Final Proposed MWBE Regulation


“The State of Minority- and Woman-Owned
Business Enterprise: Evidence from New York,”
is a NEMA Studystudy of the participation of minority and
women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) in state contracts, and will help support the State's initiatives aimed at supporting business opportunities for the MWBE community and to evaluate its current programs. 


11/08/2013: Governor Cuomo Announces the Creation of "Bridge to Success" Loan Program For Minority And Women Contractors

11/01/2013: Governor Cuomo Announces More Than $1 Billion in Contract Opportunities for Firms Looking to do Business With the State

10/03/2013: Governor Cuomo Announces Over 20 Percent Utilization of MWBEs in State Contracting - First Time in Program’s History

On February 28th 2013, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo formally announced open registrations for the State of New York Superstorm Sandy Small Business Recovery Program. To register your small business, please click here.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the New York Bankers Association (NYBA) and the New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC) have agreed to establish a $10 million small business emergency loan fund to provide immediate financial assistance for businesses impacted by Storm Sandy.

Under the fund, businesses will be able to apply for low-interest loans of up to $25,000 immediately.  For more information on the program and how to apply, visit ESD Hurricane Sandy: Disaster Relief or call 1-855-NYS-SANDY.  

Small Businesses HOTLINE: 1-855-NYS-SANDY (7263)

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