New York State’s Division of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development, run by the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), is the state’s primary point-of-contact for MWBE firms seeking to do business with the State government. In 2010, the State commissioned a disparity study that would later be used to establish statewide goals for minorities and women in State Contracts. ESDC’s certification process provides participating businesses the opportunity to be listed in a statewide Directory of Certified MWBE listserv used by state agencies. In 2016, an update to this study was completed. Certification also allows member firms to take advantage of accessing a variety of loan and bonding programs as well as programs that provide technical assistance.
ESDC has launched a simplified, fully-integrated online portal to make it easy for firms wishing to do business with the State. ESDC has also created a searchable online directory of all certified MWBE firms doing business with the State. If you are already certified with ESDC; please update your company profile to ensure maximum visibility.
Firms qualify as MWBEs if they are:
- At least 51% owned, operated and controlled by minority and/or women members who must exercise the authority to independently control day-to-day business decisions.
- Each minority or woman member upon whom certification is based must have a net worth of less than $3.5 million.
- The business cannot exceed 300 employees, must be independent and authorized to do business in New York.
To check eligibility, click here.
Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC)
Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development
633 Third Avenue, 33rd Floor
New York, NY 10017