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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.


Logo banner for the 2018 NYS MWBE Forum

Join us on October 3rd and 4th in Albany at the 2018 New York State’s Eighth Annual MWBE Forum, the largest statewide forum on Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) government procurements.

This two-day event themed GROW WITH NYS is designed to expand your business. GAIN new relationships with prime contractors, other MBWEs, and State Agencies and Authorities. GATHER new information to help build your capacity. With over 45 different panel sessions, round tables, and workshops the Forum aims to educate all MWBEs on a vast range of topics from how to respond to an RFP, to how a firm can access capital, to upcoming State contracts. GENERATE new business by joining our one-on-one meetings or the new teaming experience.  With over 2,000 attendees and 180 exhibitors, this 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, 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Draft guidance and related documents for NYS Agencies, Authorities and State Contractors; comment period ends June 30, 2017.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