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.

MWBE certification

Apply for certification and recertification, update your vendor information and more.

MWBE business development assistance

Provides you with information and resources to expand your business.

NYS procurement opportunities

Find your NYS procurements here.

MWBE certified firms directory

Directory of New York State MWBE certified firms

Assistance opportunities for MWBEs and Small Businesses

Below, you’ll find a variety of additional ESD programs for MWBEs and small businesses. Whether you need a sizable financial investment, a small short-term loan, or simply a business mentor, we’re here to help.


Bridge to Success Loan Program

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Minority- and Women-Owned Business Investment Fund

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New York State Surety Bond Assistance Program

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Entrepreneurial Assistance Program

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Small Business Revolving Loan Fund

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Business Mentor NY

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