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.


This year Empires State Development's Division of Minority and Women's Business Development will be hosting the NYS Regional Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Opportunities EXPO series in five regions: Capital District, Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier, Western New York, and Long Island. The MWBE Opportunities EXPOs will bring together State agencies/authorities that have a significant presence in each region to provide MWBE firms with local networking opportunities. These events provide the opportunity to meet procurement officers and technical assistance providers, and feature workshops and panel discussions delivering important information on how to do business with New York State and the NYS MWBE Certification Program. To register for a 2016 NYS Regional MWBE Opportunities EXPO event, select the registration link below. If the event registration you would like to attend is not available, come back soon. More information will become available as registration for each event opens.

Click here to view and download the Expo Series flyer.

Long Island
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Stony Brook University
Charles B. Wang Center
400 Circle Road
Stony Brook, NY 11790

To Register as a Business Click Here.

To Register as an Elected Official Click Here.

To Register as an Exhibitor (New York State Partner) Click Here.

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.

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/

New York State Contract System (NYSCS)