Division of Minority and Women's Business Development

Welcome to the Division of Minority and Women's Business Development (DMWBD). The mission of DMWBD is to promote equality of economic opportunities for MWBEs and to eliminate barriers to their participation in state contracts. We supplement New York State’s economic leadership with information and resources that increase access to information and opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses throughout the State.

Our key objectives:

  • To encourage and assist state agencies that are engaged in contracting activities to award a fair share of state contracts to MWBEs.
  • To review applications by businesses seeking certification as an MWBE and to maintain a directory of certified MWBEs.
  • To promote the business development of MWBEs through education and outreach to agencies and MWBEs.

Business Development - Supply and Demand: Opportunities for Real MWBE Growth by clicking here.

New Industry Standard Code System - Quick and easy identification of qualified MWBE certified firms by agencies, authorities, and prime contractors is essential to the growth of our business community and workforce.  To better serve you and facilitate the sourcing of firms, New York State has now adopted industry standard product and service codes for construction, professional services and commodities. For more info click here.

New York State Contract System (NYSCS)