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Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development

Welcome to the Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development (“DMWBD”). We want to partner with you in your success!

Our mission: 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:

  • Encourage and assist state agencies to award a fair share of contracts to MWBEs.
  • Review applications by businesses seeking certification and maintain a directory of certified MWBEs.
  • Promote the business development of MWBEs through education and outreach to NYS agencies as well as MWBEs.

Need direct business development help? Please contact us.


Join us on December 2, 3, and 4 at the 10th Anniversary of the 2020 New York State MWBE Virtual Forum, the largest statewide forum on Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) government procurements. This three-day virtual event themed BUILDING BUSINESSES BETTER is designed to expand your business all in the comfort of your office or home. PREPARE FOR OPPORTUNITIES that New York State offers to MWBEs and join sessions that will provide strategies and tools for Building Businesses BetterIDENTIFY OPPORTUNITIES and learn about top projects, market sector procurement, and more. CONNECT WITH OPPORTUNITIES and create your next great business relationship!  With different live, semi-live, and on-demand workshops, the Forum aims to educate all MWBEs on a vast range of topics to position your business for success.

This year’s 2020 NYS MWBE Virtual Forum is the one stop shop all MWBEs need to grow their business with New York State!
For additional information and to register for the Forum, please visit:

MWBE COVID-19 Resources

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

NYS MWBE Certification Extension 

The New York State Department of Economic Development, Division of Minority and Women's Business Development (DMWBD), pursuant to Article 15-A of the Executive Law, has extended the certification period from three (3) to five (5) years for all currently certified NYS MWBEs.

DMWBD is pleased to inform you that all currently certified NYS MWBEs will remain certified and will continue to be listed in the NYS Directory of Certified Firms. Be sure to submit a recertification application before your updated expiration date. If you have already submitted a recertification application, your application will remain active for processing.

To obtain your updated MWBE Certificate and Approval Letter, please follow the instructions below:

  • Go to
  • Log into your account with your username and password
  • On the left navigation menu, click View >> My Certifications
  • Under the "Current Certifications" section, click on "View" next to the certification
  • Scroll down to the "Letters & Certificates" section, then Click "View as PDF"

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the DMWBD helpdesk at [email protected] and/or 212-803-2414.

NYS 2016 MWBE Disparity Study

New York State has completed the 2016 MWBE Disparity Study, evaluating the participation of MWBEs in state contracts from April 1, 2010 through March 31, 2015.

Navigating New York State's MWBE Certification Process

Executive Order 162 – Ensuring Pay Equity By State Contractors

Draft guidance and related documents for NYS Agencies, Authorities and State Contractors; comment period ends June 30, 2017.

Directory of Certified Firms

View a list of all New York State MWBE certified firms.

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.

Become a state contractor

Visit the New York State Contract Reporter to see opportunities for your small business to work with the State of New York.

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