Governor Cuomo Announces Final Day to Register for 10th Annual Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Forum

November 25, 2020

Virtual Event's Theme — "Building Businesses Better" — Highlights 10 Years of Creating Opportunities for MWBEs 

Online Panel Discussions Will Outline Contracting Opportunities, Assistance Accessing Capital and Additional Support to Navigate COVID-19 

MWBEs Can Virtually Meet One-on-One with Prime Contractors, and State Procurement Officials 

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the final day of registration for New York State's 10th Annual Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Forum and urged those interested in participating to visit the event's website to sign up. The Forum, being held virtually December 2-4, 2020, is New York State's largest annual business event for MWBEs, bringing together business owners, community leaders, state officials and contractors' representatives to discuss state contracting opportunities and learn about resources available to MWBEs. The event highlights Governor Cuomo's efforts to create a level playing field for minority- and women-owned firms and increase their participation in New York State contracting. 

"For the past 10 years, New York State has focused on breaking barriers for all New Yorkers, and we've achieved this, in part, by maintaining the most aggressive MWBE program in the nation," Governor Cuomo said. "This year, the economic impact of COVID-19 is being felt by businesses across the state, but we've seen how it has disproportionately affected communities of color and small businesses, making it critical that we keep fighting to level the playing field and ensure everyone has equal chance to help build New York's economy back better than ever."

"The annual Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Forum is a critical resource for business owners and entrepreneurs to connect with each other, share best practices, and make sure they have the tools they need," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "As we continue to face challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to building back better and building businesses better to create opportunities, jobs and strengthen our economy. New York continues to be a leader in economic empowerment and contracting opportunities for MWBEs, and we encourage participation in this forum to help break down barriers and ensure success."

Read the full press release here.