MWBE Certification Eligibility Requirements

Before applying to become a New York State certified MWBE, make sure your business in eligible by reviewing the below requirements. 

 

    Certification Eligibility Requirements

    Definition of a Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE)

    Under Article 15-A of the Executive Law, an MBE is a business enterprise in which at least fifty-one percent (51%) is owned, operated and controlled by citizens or permanent resident aliens who are meeting the ethnic definitions listed below:

    • Black: Persons having origins from any of the Black African racial groups.
    •  Hispanic: Persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Cuban, Central or South American descent of either Native American or Latin American origin, regardless of race.
    • Asian-Pacific: Persons having origins from the Far East, Southeast Asia or the Pacific Islands.
    • Asian-Indian Subcontinent: Persons having origins from the Indian subcontinent.
    • Native American or Alaskan Native: Persons having origins in any of the original peoples of North America.

    Definition of a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE)

    Under Article 15-A of the Executive Law, a WBE is a business enterprise in which at least fifty-one percent (51%) is owned, operated and controlled by citizens or permanent resident aliens who are women.
     

    Qualifications for NYS MWBE Certification

    To qualify for New York State certification as a minority and/or women-owned business enterprise (MWBE), an applicant must successfully demonstrate the following through the production of relevant documentation:

    1. Ownership, Operation and Control: All firms seeking MBE, WBE or MWBE certification must be independently owned, operated and controlled by minority members and/or women.​ The ownership must be real, substantial and continuing, and the minority members and/or women must exercise the authority to independently control the day-to-day business decisions.

    2. Personal Net Worth Restriction: Each minority or woman owner upon whom certification is based cannot have a personal net worth exceeding $3.5 Million after allowable deductions. 
      These are allowable deductions under the law:
    1. Mandatory Supporting Documents: For each minority or woman owner upon which certification is based) Current Personal and Business Federal and State Taxes (Including all schedules, statements and amendments)
    2. Small Business Restriction: Firms must have no more than 300 Full Time Equivalent Employees.
    1. Independent, Active and One year in Business: ​The firm must operate independently of other firms, must demonstrate it is an active business and generally, the business must be in operation for at least one year.
    2. ​Out of State Firms: Out of state applicants should be certified as a MWBE in their home state, if a similar process exists, before applying for MWBE certification in New York State. 

    **All applicants must have "Authority to do Business in NYS" from the New York Department of State prior to submitting an application for MWBE certification.