About Us

Our Mission

The mission of the Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development is to promote equality of economic opportunities for Minority and Women Business Enterprises (MWBEs) and to eliminate barriers to their participation in state contracts. Specifically, the Division implements Article 15-A of the Executive Law, which codifies the state policy of supporting participation of minorities and women in state contracts. 

Public private partnerships are an important option that can be utilized in times of economic uncertainty and in periods of prosperity. There is a nexus between the public sector’s needs and the private sector’s goals. Local and state governments, particularly in challenging economic times, need to find innovative ways to improve and simplify systems that make sense, and create opportunities. 


The Division’s three key objectives:


  • Review applications by businesses seeking MWBE certification or re-certification with New York State, and maintain a directory of certified MWBEs.

Utilization/Agency Services

  • Encourage and assist state agencies that are engaged in contracting activities to award a fair share of state contracts to MWBEs. Monitor and track agency compliance and utilization of MWBE firms.

Business Development

  • Promote the business development of MWBEs through education and outreach to agencies and MWBEs.

  • Work with community based organizations and MWBE business advocacy groups.

  • Develop programs designed to assist the growth and development of businesses owned, operated and controlled by MWBEs. 


Summary of Program Mandate - Article 15 A