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Governor Hochul Announces the 2023 New York State Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Regional Opportunities Expo Series

In-Person Events to Empower Minority and Women-Owned Businesses to Build Connections and Compete for State Contracts

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Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that New York State will host three events as part of the 2023 New York State Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Regional Opportunities Expo Series. The expos — which will connect Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise with New York agencies and authorities, expert resources, information on State projects and tools to access State contracting opportunities — will take place in Brooklyn on June 20, in Syracuse on June 28, and in Buffalo on July 13.

"New York draws strength from its diversity, and it is a priority for my administration to ensure that businesses from every corner of our state are provided the opportunity to thrive," Governor Hochul said. "Through these informative events, we are forging powerful connections both among MWBEs and between MWBEs and the State, empowering these businesses with essential resources and relationships to succeed."

The 2023 New York State MWBE Regional Opportunities Expo Series, sponsored by Empire State Development's (ESD) Division of Minority and Women's Business Development, will provide Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise's (MWBE) with the resources necessary to successfully secure State contracts through interactive sessions, engaging panel discussions, and capacity-building workshops. By harnessing the knowledge shared by industry experts and connecting directly with procurement officers, MWBEs will gain a wealth of understanding, strategic guidance, and valuable connections.

The expos will also include information about State-sponsored financial and technical assistance programs, including the MWBE Business Growth Accelerator Program, the MWBE Bridge to Success Loan Program, and the New York State Small Business Credit Initiative. Key exhibitors include the New York Power Authority, the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, the New York State Department of Health, New York State Thruway Authority, The City University of New York, The State University of New York, the New York State Department of Transportation, New York State Department of State, New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets and the New York State Department of Transportation, as well as other State transportation, construction and education agencies and authorities with billions of dollars in opportunities.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said, "Fairness and equity lie at the heart of a thriving economy, and in the Empire State, we stand firm in our commitment to leveling the playing field for MWBEs. By ensuring an equal opportunity for these businesses to compete for New York State contracts, we can tap into the boundless potential of our diverse entrepreneurial community."

Read the full press release here.