Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises Certification Campaign

Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises Certification Campaign

Increasing the Number of Certified MWBEs

Strengthening New York's Economy and Equal Opportunity in State Contracting

Former Governor Cuomo launched the MWBE Certification Campaign to encourage minority and women business owners to certify with the State and take advantage of current and upcoming State procurement opportunities and billions of dollars in State procurement opportunities.

Under the Governor's leadership, the State has certified more than 4,300 MWBEs and recertified more than 3,600 MWBEs. In 2014, the Governor pledged to increase MWBE certification by an additional 2,000 businesses, a goal that the State exceeded in January 2016. As a result, the number of State-certified firms has more than doubled in just five years. Keeping with his commitment to MWBEs and the small business community, former Governor Cuomo pledged to certify another 2,000 firms over the next two years.

Find out how to become a New York State-certified MWBE.

How NY Can Help

Hear from businesses who became MWBE-certified in New York State.

NYS Top Project Contract Opportunities

NYS FY 2016 Capital Program and Financing Plan to bring significant capital, infrastructure and service initiatives over the next five years

LaGuardia Redevelopment Program

LaGuardia Airport is undergoing an extensive capital redevelopment program expected to be a $4B project that creates 8,000 direct jobs and 10,000 indirect jobs.

New Casinos

There will be four Casino Projects in Sullivan, Schenectady, Seneca and Tioga Counties with a combined capital investment of over $2B creating over 5,000 permanent jobs.

Broadband Access for Every New Yorker

A $1 billion broadband program that leverages both public and private resources to ensure every New Yorker has access to high-speed internet by 2019.

Benefits of Being MWBE Certified

Contract Opportunities

Access MWBE procurement and/or contracting opportunities with New York State agencies and authorities.

Technical Assistance

Access a statewide network of services and support for MWBEs, as well as invitations for business development workshops, webinars, classes and customized technical assistance.


For more information on becoming a State-certified MWBE, email us or call the Certification Help Line at (212) 803-2414.