M/WBE Program

DCAS is dedicated to increasing Supplier Diversity because it supports the City's commitment to encourage a competitive and diverse New York City business environment. A diverse supplier base helps spark innovation, strengthen engagement, and drives continuous improvement. We appreciate the many unique vendors and organizations that are part of DCAS’ network. Together, we are building a long-term, sustainable value for our agency and the agencies we serve while strengthening and supporting the economic base of local businesses.

The vital NYC Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise program (M/WBE) is designed to promote City government contracting and subcontracting opportunities for businesses certified as minority- and women-owned with a real and substantial presence in New York City and surrounding counties. The program was created by Local Law 129 of 2005 and most recently expanded by Local Law 1 of 2013. To learn more about the benefits of New York City M/WBE certification and the process or to obtain the certification application, click on M/WBE Certification and Access.

Access more information on Doing Business with the City

To learn more about M/WBE participation goals and opportunities contact: M/WBE Officer by filling out the form. Ask about the Upfront Capital Loan, Bond Assistance Programs, and Doing Business with DCAS Workshops.


Additional Information

Upfront Capital Loan (NEW!)
DCAS is pleased to participate in a new service offered by the Department of Small Business Services, called Upfront Capital Loan, which provides short-term, working-capital for upfront expenses, such as insurance, labor and equipment, for M/WBEs and other experienced small businesses awarded contracts with City agencies. Find out more about  NYC Upfront Capital Loan now!

"Compete to Win"
For technical assistance and to learn how M/WBEs can "Compete to Win" City contracts, visit NYC Business Solutions.

View the Online Directory of Certified M/WBEs:
To better promote the City’s certified vendors and to make it easy for both Prime Contractors and Agency Buyers to find them, the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) maintains an Online Directory of Certified Businesses, which includes a detailed profile of each company. Through inclusion in the directory, vendors can market their goods, services, and experience directly to purchasing agents who may not be familiar with their company.

NYC Online Directory of Certified BusinessesAccess the NYC Online Directory of Certified MWBE Businesses. Or visit www.nyc.gov/buycertified to search for certified businesses by business description, commodity code(s), or previous contract size.

Prime Contractors are encouraged to contact SBS for assistance with completing Schedule B – Subcontractor Utilization Plans, assistance to identify eligible M/WBE vendors, and/or verifying a firm’s certification status. To do so, e-mail inquiries to buyer@sbs.nyc.gov or call (212)-513-6356.