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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

Local Business and Participation



The New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development is committed to the goals and strategies of Local Law 129, which established the City’s Minority and Women Business Enterprise Program.  Local Law 129 details certification, contract participation goals, business assistance and administrative procedures to promote the utilization of firms certified by the New York City Department of Small Business Services (DSBS) for contract and subcontract opportunities valued at less than one million dollars.


Certification is a marketing tool that enhances the ability of small, local, minority and women owned firms to do business with the agencies of the City of New York.  The City’s certification programs, including the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Program, the Emerging Business Enterprise (EBE) Program and the Locally-based Business Enterprise (LBE) Program, certify, promote, and foster the growth of the City’s minority, women-owned, small and local businesses, including construction and construction-related businesses.

 For more information on the City's certification programs, including qualifications, applications, and services provided to certified firms, please visit: NYC Small Business 

For more information on the New York City Department of Small Business Services, please visit


Bid notices issued by the agency and its prime contractors are listed daily at the City Record website here: 


The online Directory of firms certified by DSBS makes it fast and easy for you to find qualified and experienced Certified M/WBEs, EBEs and LBEs.  The Directory identifies suitable vendors to bid on your contracts, allowing you to search by Commodity Codes keyword, Company and/or location, and/or Industry code (National Institute of Government Purchase (NIGP) Codes).

The Directory lists the following information on each firm: Company name, Key contact person(s), Telephone number, Fax Number, Email address, Certification type, Industry type, Description of the firm (optional), Website address, if available, Recent work, including clients, contract values and a work description (optional).

The Directory enables you to export to an Excel Spreadsheet the results of your “Search” inquiry.  Note the Excel icon in the right hand corner above the listing of results.

The Directory is located here:


HPD's Housing Education Services (HES) offers a variety of training courses for owners, property managers, housing professionals, superintendents and tenants. HES' Housing Education Program offers a wide spectrum of introductory, certificate and advanced courses in building management and systems maintenance and home health hazards.  HES’ Lead Education Program is designed to increase public awareness of the City's lead paint hazard reduction law, Local Law 1 of 2004 and EPA certification classes.   The Law significantly changes the way in which repairs and renovations to dwelling units in pre-1960 buildings are performed in New York City.    

Click here to see the schedule of classes and register 


Section 3 is a federal regulation that promotes opportunities for low income residents and business owners.   HPD has developed a certification program for businesses seeking recognition as a Section 3 Business Concern.  Certified firms will be included in our online directory of Section 3 Business Concerns and will receive information, counseling and invitations regarding business opportunities from HPD and the New York City Department of Small Business Services.  To be considered for certification, firms should complete and submit to the agency as per the instructions found here:




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