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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.

MWBE COVID-19 Resources

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

2020 NYS Regional MWBE Opportunities Expo Series

The 2020 NYS Regional Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Opportunities Expo series brings together various state agencies and authorities, prime contractors, and other key players, that have a significant presence in each region to provide MWBE firms with local networking opportunities. In addition to providing the prospect of meeting procurement officers, these events also feature workshops and panel discussions to deliver important information about doing business with New York State.

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ESD will be hosting our very first series of Virtual Expos specific to the Long Island, Southern Tier, Western New York, and Mohawk Valley regions. We look forward to connecting with you and continuing to serve your business!

For additional information, and to view and share the event flyer, CLICK HERE.

To REGISTER for a 2020 NYS MWBE Expo event, CLICK HERE.

New York State Executive Law Article 15-A

Proposed Rulemaking
ESD is accepting public comment on a revised proposed MWBE regulation, proposed Parts 140-147 of Title 5, Chapter XIV, of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations, text available here, until 5:00 p.m. ET on September 7, 2020.  Please send any comments to [email protected].

For information on the reauthorization of Article 15-A, please see the fact sheet here.

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