Small Business Service
M/WBE Certification


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A Program of the New York City
Department of Small Business Services

The New York City Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Program certifies, promotes, and fosters the growth of the City's minority and women-owned businesses. Companies that become certified obtain greater access to and information about contracting opportunities, receive technical assistance to better compete for those opportunities, and benefit from inclusion in the City's Online Directory of Certified Firms. The Program works to address the full range of business needs by providing services designed to strengthen the ability of certified M/WBEs to compete successfully in the marketplace. Firms based in New York City or certain surrounding counties are eligible for certification if they have been in business for more than one year and are at least 51 percent owned by a member of an ethnic minority group or woman. Certified M/WBEs have access to free business assistance and seminars to help them make the most of their certification status. All companies are listed in a searchable public online directory that is used by purchasing officers and contracting agencies to find the goods and services they need. Access information about the M/WBE program, including a downloadable application at: . To register for free business seminars, including "How to Complete the M/WBE Certification Application," and "How to Sell to Government", Call 311 and ask for "Small Business Seminars" or email

Attend AWIB sponsored workshops to learn about Certification & Access.

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Understand the eligibility requirements, benefits of certification, and process assistance.

Take a look at the 2007 seminars calendar from NYC Small Business services

You can also download the M/WBE Certification Application.

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