New York City’s Minority-and Women-owned Business Enterprise Program (MWBE Program) was codified in subsection 1304 of the New York City Charter, subsection 6-129 of the Administrative Code, and Title 11 of Chapter 66 of the Rules of the City of New York. The City’s MWBE program goals (enacted by Law 129 of 2005 and amended by Local law 1 of 2013) first went into effect July 1, 2013. The goals were adopted to increase the participation of MWBEs in the City’s procurement process. Certified MWBE businesses can obtain greater access to, and information about, City agency contracting opportunities through classes, networking events and targeted solicitations. MWBEs receive technical assistance to better compete for contracts and benefit from inclusion in the City’s directory of certified businesses.
New York City Goals
Local Law 1 of 2013 established MWBE participation goals for each of the four industries, construction, professional services, standard services, and goods, to reflect updated levels of disparity. Since then, Local Law 174 of 2019 was enacted updating goals based on the most recent disparity data. The updated MWBE goals took effect in April 2020.
Mayor’s Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises and City Resources.
The Mayor's Office of Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) was created to address disparities in City contracting and to provide minority and women entrepreneurs increased opportunities to do business with the City. The Office is responsible for developing policy, enhancing coordination among City agencies, and providing oversight and accountability of the City's M/WBE Program. It serves as a One-Stop-Shop for M/WBEs interested in doing business with the city and its agencies. Information is available on the Office’s website.
Certification is the essential first step in making the City, as a potential client, aware that you are a minority or women-owned business. Find out how our simple certification process can help you grow and sustain your business. City certification makes your business more visible to prospective customers, including City agencies, prime and subcontractors as well as private companies. Information about Certification, its benefits and the Certification Process is available on the NYC Business website.
If you are already a certified MWBE firm with another qualifying agency, you may still need to receive NYC certification with NYC SBS. NYC SBS has developed a system to expedite the process.
If you have certified with NYC SBS within the last five years, please update your company profile to ensure maximum visibility.
New York City MWBE Disparity Study
In May 2018, the City released its most recent "City of New York Disparity Study." This study was the basis for Local Law 174 of 2019, which codified updated MWBE goals relative to Citywide agency procurement goals.
New York City Department of Small Business Services (NYC SBS)
Division of Economic and Financial Opportunity
110 William St, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10038
For further assistance, please call 311 and ask for: MWBE Certification Program