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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.


Ninth Annual 2019 New York State's MWBE Forum: Lead the Nation

Join us on October 2nd and 3rd in Albany at the Ninth Annual 2019 New York State’s MWBE Forum: Lead the Nation at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center.  This year’s Forum will highlight the State’s leadership in strengthening opportunities and providing economic empowerment prospects for minority-and women-owned businesses.  The MWBE Forum is one of the largest procurement fairs in the state. It is a once a year opportunity for MWBE firms to meet the right people, identify the latest projects and business opportunities, learn what you need to know about government procurement and leverage a two-day experience into 365 days of business success. 

There are over 45 different workshops on a range of topics from how a firm can access capital and financing, to upcoming State contracts to one-on-one meetings with state agencies, authorities and prime contractors.  The Forum will provide New York’s minority-and women-owned businesses with the tools needed to access state contracting opportunities in New York State’s emerging markets.

For additional information and to register for the NYS MWBE Forum, visit:

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Draft guidance and related documents for NYS Agencies, Authorities and State Contractors; comment period ends June 30, 2017.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