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.


Nassau County Long Island MWBE Program
The website provides information on how to become MWBE-certified in Nassau County as well as the fast-track program.

Suffolk County Long Island MWBE Program
The website provides information on how to become MWBE-certified in Suffolk County as well as resources for access to capital.

New York City Small Business Services
Contract Financing Loan Fund
If your business is working as a prime or subcontractor on a project with a City agency or the NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), you may be eligible for a Contract Financing Loan. Loan repayment terms align with the contract payment schedule. Loans of up to $500,000 at an interest rate of 3% APR are available to eligible businesses. Closing fees apply. For more information go to:

NYC MWBE Certification Program

NYC Department of Small Business Services
This website provides information on MWBE Certification in NYC, as well as new and existing contracting opportunities.

New York City Department of Design and Construction
The Office of Diversity and Industry Relations develops, implements, and monitors innovative policies and procedures to support minority and woman-owned business enterprises (MWBE), as well as strengthen relationships with industry partners.

County of Westchester
This website provides information on the County of Westchester's Minority and Women Business Enterprises Program.

Erie County Equal Employment Opportunity
This website provides information on the MWBE Certification process in Erie County.

City of Syracuse
This website provides information on the City of Syracuse's MWBE Participation Program.

City of Rochester
This website provides information the City of Rochester's MWBE Utilization Plan.

City of Albany
This website provides information on the City of Albany's MWBE Participation Program.