MWBE Resources


Office of the State Comptroller

This website provides information on the NYS MWBE Certification Process; state contracting, subcontracting and purchasing opportunities for MWBEs; and resources MWBEs need to pursue State business opportunities.

New York State Procurement

NYS' central procurement office, this website provides information on establishing and managing contracts for goods and services.

Empire State Development

The Empire State Development webpage includes information on the Division of Minority and Women's Business Development

Division of Service-Disabled Veterans' Business Development

This website includes information for veteran business owners to become certified as a New York State Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB) and guidelines to assist and promote the compliance of SDVOB participation in the state's procurement activities.

New York State Contract System

This website is the gateway to attract and grow minority-owned and women-owned businesses, and provides a directory for all MWBE's in the state.

New York State Contract Reporter

NYS' official source of contracting opportunities, this website has information on contracts to bid on, advertising opportunities, the New York State Business Registry and tips on doing business with New York State.

Division of Minority and Women's Business Development - A Division of Empire State Development

The mission of DMWBD is to promote equality of economic opportunities for MWBEs and to eliminate barriers to their participation in state contracts. They 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. If you have questions the Division of Minority and Women's Business Development has a helpline: (212) 803-2433. Questions can also be emailed to:

The 504 Company

The 504 Company is a national leader in loan approvals for this program and the only certified development company that actively markets the program throughout these three states. The 504 Company, in partnership with lenders, can provide fixed-rate, low down payment financing for the acquisition and/or improvement of owner occupied real estate and equipment.

The 504 Company also administers the SBA Community Advantage program nationally. This program is designed to provide small businesses, ranging from start-ups to seasoned businesses in underserved markets, with more flexible access to capital.

New York Business Development Corporation (NYBCD)

New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC) is a complement to conventional banking, working in partnership with banks to provide term loans, many of which do not meet the requirements for traditional financing.

Our goal is to be more creative in our underwriting. In many cases, we include multiple participations, SBA guarantees, flexible amortization and long-term payouts.

NYBDC also manages Empire State CDC: The 504 Company. The 504 Company is licensed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide the SBA 504 Loan Program - a fixed-asset economic development program designed to promote growth and job creation in small businesses & to eligible New York State businesses.

A third component of NYBDC is the Excelsior Growth Fund, a not-for-profit Corporation, whose capital is used to promote the expansion and growth of new and existing businesses located throughout some of the more economically depressed areas in our State.


Erie County Office of Equal Employment Opportunity

The Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) investigates harassment complaints and monitors equal employment and affirmative action policy and procedures. It also audits county contracts to maintain participation goals for Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) and Women-owned Business Enterprises (WBE), and monitors the county's personnel and hiring procedures to assure compliance with the County's affirmative action plan.

Erie County Medical Center

The M/WBE program is designed to assist minority- and women-owned business enterprises in providing goods and services to the hospital. In addition, the program provides workshops and seminars for minority- and women-owned businesses, and assistance with the resolution of problems and complaints relating to the M/WBE process. You do not have to be a certified minority company to do business with the Erie County Medical Center but the certification will improve your chances to participate on various contracts and provide you as the Contractor and ECMC the opportunity to report your utilization to NYS.

City of Buffalo MWBE Task Force

Canisius Women's Business Center

Excelsior Growth Fund

PathStone Enterprise Center