Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development (DMWBD)

Welcome to Your Guide to MWBE Certification and Success!

Diversity is a key to business success in New York State – home to the highest minority and women-owned business (MWBE) utilization rate in the country. The Division of Minority and Women's Business Development (DMWBD) has created a one-stop hub for everything you need to know about MWBE success in New York. 

See below for information on how to: become MWBE-certified; grow your MWBE business; find top opportunities and contracts with NYS agencies; and find MWBE-certified businesses to help carry out your project goals.

NYS MWBE Next Generation Certification Process

Learn more about the decentralized MWBE certification process in the Division of Minority and Women's Business Development's new animated video.

MWBE COVID-19 Resources

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

Additional Grants & Funding Resources

Find out more about additional grant and loan opportunities for New York State businesses.

NYS MWBEs By The Numbers

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.

2021 New York State MWBE Forum

New York State has surpassed its official utilization rate goal for MWBEs on state contracts—a nation-leading 30.51%. Governor Kathy Hochul made the announcement in December at the 11th Annual New York State MWBE Forum.

MWBE Events and Training

Event Speaker Request Form

Looking for a speaker from the Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development (DMWBD) for your event? Fill out the Event Speaker Request Form and the Business Development Unit will follow-up with more information.

NYS 2016 MWBE Disparity Study

New York State has completed the 2016 MWBE Disparity Study, evaluating the participation of MWBEs in state contracts.

Reauthorization of Article 15A Frequently Asked Questions

Executive Order 162 – Ensuring Pay Equity By State Contractors

Draft guidance and related documents for NYS Agencies, Authorities and State Contractors.

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

Jerome A. DuVal
Executive Vice President & Executive Director, Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development