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Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development (DMWBD)

Welcome to Your Guide to MWBE Certification and Success!

Diversity is a key to business success in New York State – home to the highest minority and women-owned business (MWBE) utilization rate in the country. The Division of Minority and Women's Business Development (DMWBD) has created a one-stop hub for everything you need to know about MWBE success in New York. 

See below for information on how to: become MWBE-certified; grow your MWBE business; find top opportunities and contracts with NYS agencies; and find MWBE-certified businesses to help carry out your project goals.

Register for the 2024 MWBE Regional Opportunities Expo Series!

NYS MWBE Certification Process

Learn more about the decentralized MWBE certification process in the Division of Minority and Women's Business Development's new animated video.

Navigating New York State's MWBE Certification Process

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How do I become MWBE certified?

Use the MWBE Certification Assessment Tool to take the preliminary steps towards NYS MWBE certification.
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How do I recertify or update my profile?

Seeking to be certified or recertified, or been instructed to submit a new application? Get started here.
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Is your business already certified?

Log in to the New York State Contract System to access your account and view a list of all New York State MWBE certified firms.
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How do I navigate the appeals process?

If your application for MWBE certification was denied, we’ve compiled a detailed guide to your next steps.

MWBE Events and Training

NYS MWBEs By The Numbers

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32.30%

MWBE utilization on state contracts

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$29+ Billion

in state contracts

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9,700+

and 7,100+ recertified since 2011

Event Speaker Request Form

Looking for a speaker from the Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development (DMWBD) for your event? Fill out the Event Speaker Request Form and the Business Development Unit will follow-up with more information.

MWBE business development assistance

The Division of Minority and Women's Business Enterprise Development (DMWBD) can provide you with information and resources to expand your business.

MWBE COVID-19 Resources

Review important information about COVID-19 resources, business development assistance and loan resources for New York State MWBEs.

2023 MWBE Connections: A Guide to New York State Agencies and Authorities

Use the MWBE Connections Guide to navigate contract opportunities from NYS Agencies and Authorities and learn about top economic development projects and resources for doing business with NYS.

MWBE Resources and Information

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Agency Services

Find out how we help NYS Agencies & Authorities build and implement their MWBE plans.

How do I report fraud?

Suspect fraud, waste or abuse in MWBE contracting and certification? Find compliance information here.
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MWBE Reports

Find links to MWBE-related reports including DMWBD Annual Reports and MWBE Utilization Plans.
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Contractor & Supplier Diversity Office

Find links for ESD grantees and contractors on compliance requirements, resources, and important policies related to MWBE/SDVOB compliance.

NYS 2016 MWBE Disparity Study

New York State has completed the 2016 MWBE Disparity Study, evaluating the participation of MWBEs in state contracts.

Reauthorization of Article 15A Frequently Asked Questions

Executive Order 162 – Ensuring Pay Equity By State Contractors

Draft guidance and related documents for NYS Agencies, Authorities and State Contractors.

Get the best opportunities for your small business in New York State

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Jason Myles Clark
Executive Vice President, Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development

Contact Us


  • Business Development
  • Monday–Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • (646) 846-7364