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The Department of Design and Construction is committed to promote competition and enhance business opportunities for contractors and workers who reflect the diverse composition of New York City.

DDC has provided services to support new contractors and certified minority- and women-owned enterprises. All construction and consulting firms interested in competing for DDC contracts are encouraged to register in the City’s central Vendor Source database. City agencies reference the database to notify vendors about upcoming contracting opportunities.

Minority- and women-owned enterprises are also encouraged to get certified by the Department of Small Business Services. Local Law 129 of 2005 [PDF] directs New York City agencies to buy more goods and services from M/WBE vendors, but you must be certified to participate. Benefits include better access to bid on city-funded contracts under one million dollars, exclusive networking opportunities with government buyers, one-on-one procurement counseling and bid preparation assistance and free advertising in the online directory of certified businesses.

M/WBE Services
DDC promotes the participation and inclusion of certified minority- and women-owned enterprises in various projects by:
  • Advertising M/WBE participation goals and target subcontracting percentages on the agency website.
  • Facilitating M/WBEs in marketing their services by hosting networking events.
  • Assisting prime contractors and consultants in recruiting M/WBE subcontractors and sub consultants.
  • Providing assistance with bid preparation, payments and insurance.
  • Hosting training workshops and seminars.

Additional Information:

To learn more about the New York City M/WBE certification process or to obtain the certification application, please visit

To learn more about DDC services and its Office of Business Opportunity, contact:

Donna Pope, M/WBE Officer (718) 391-2178

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