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.

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“The State of Minority- and Woman-Owned
Business Enterprise: Evidence from New York,”
is a NEMA Studystudy of the participation of minority and
women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) in state contracts, and will help support the State's initiatives aimed at supporting business opportunities for the MWBE community and to evaluate its current programs. 


10/01/2014: Governor Cuomo Sets Highest MWBE State Contracting Goal in the Nation at 30 Percent –– as State Exceeds 20 Percent Target Set in First State of the State

10/01/2014: Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Expand MWBE Certification for New York State Businesses

04/07/2014: Governor Cuomo Announces MWBE Expos Across New York

03/24/2014: Governor Cuomo Announces "Bridge to Success" Loan Program for Minority and Women Contractors

02/21/2014: Governor Cuomo Announces New York State Insurance Fund to Host MWBE Investment Forum


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the New York Bankers Association (NYBA) and the New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC) have agreed to establish a $10 million small business emergency loan fund to provide immediate financial assistance for businesses impacted by Storm Sandy.

Under the fund, businesses will be able to apply for low-interest loans of up to $25,000 immediately.  For more information on the program and how to apply, visit ESD Hurricane Sandy: Disaster Relief or call 1-855-NYS-SANDY.  

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