FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2012
MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND DEPUTY MAYORS HOLLOWAY AND STEEL ANNOUNCE LAUNCH OF COMPETE TO WIN TO HELP MINORITY AND WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES BUILD CAPACITY
Five New Programs Help M/WBEs Compete in the City’s Procurement Market by Eliminating Market Barriers and Improving Competition
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Operations Cas Holloway and Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel today announced the launch of Compete to Win, a new set of initiatives to help New York City Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) compete for and win City contracts. The value of the new contracting and training opportunities available through Compete to Win amounts to more than $17.2 million for M/WBEs. Since passing Local Law 129 in 2005, the number of M/WBEs certified to do business with the City has grown from 700 to more than 3,400, with firms receiving more than $2.5 billion in City contracts. In fiscal year 2011, nearly $563 million in prime and sub contracts with the City were awarded to M/WBEs. Compete to Win will help even more M/WBEs do business with the City in 2012. The announcement was made as NYC Teaming, a program in partnership with American Express OPEN, launched to help M/WBEs team up to compete and win larger contracts.
“We must ensure that New York City is a place where everyone has equal access to opportunities to do business and create jobs,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “We’ve made a lot of progress helping minority and women-owned businesses thrive, and now we’ll help them add even more capacity.”
“Small businesses create jobs, and successful small businesses mature and take on more complicated, higher volume work,” said Deputy Mayor Holloway. “The programs we’re launching today will help more Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises be part of that success by giving them the support they need to compete for, win, and successfully execute City contracts. I’d like to particularly thank American Express for providing critical training and mentorship to these firms.”
“Expanding economic opportunity for New York City’s M/WBEs is a top priority of the Bloomberg Administration’s economic development strategy,” Deputy Mayor Steel said. “With these new programs we will help connect even more businesses with opportunities to grow and expand, and in the process, create jobs for New Yorkers.”
“New programs are now available to minority and women-owned businesses to help small business owners win contracts with the City and grow,” said Rob Walsh, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. “Helping firms team up, providing technical assistance, and helping construction firms find mentors, secure loans, and performance surety bonds, helps ensure the City provides opportunities to a diverse array of contractors, strengthening the City’s economy and creating jobs for New Yorkers.”
“Giving M/WBEs the tools they need to do business with the City is not only the fair thing to do – it’s a proven job creator, said Speaker Quinn. “Compete to Win goes even further by empowering these companies to do business with private companies as well. This is a win-win for the City. We will continue to work hard to create opportunities for the City’s M/WBEs."
“The Compete to Win program is the most ambitious set of initiatives thus far implemented by the Bloomberg administration to help businesses compete in the City’s Procurement Market, and it will greatly assist Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises with contracting opportunities, said Council Member Letitia James. “The capacity-building that will be in place creates a successful situation for all partners involved, especially the M/WBEs and the City of New York.”
“Expanding the opportunities for Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises is an essential step in creating jobs and sustaining small businesses in New York City,” said Council Member Diana Reyna. “With programs like Compete to Win, M/WBEs will gain greater and more equal access to the City’s procurement market. I applaud these efforts and look forward to working with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Deputy Mayors Cas Holloway and Robert Steel to ensure that M/WBE’s continue to receive the support that they deserve.”
“New York City is a world-class City, and it ought to have a first-class approach to M/WBE inclusion and growth,” said Reverend Jacques Andre DeGraff Chair, SCA Diversity Council and member of the Mayor’s Construction Committee. “This marks a major step forward towards achieving that goal. We are pleased to have been a part of this ongoing process.”
“The Velez Organization has been an established construction firm in New York City for over 40 years,” said Elizabeth Velez, president of the Velez Organization. “As a Minority Business Enterprise, we appreciate the essential value and critical importance of effective, fair, progressive programs which open the door to procurement opportunities for all businesses. With Compete to Win, we applaud the City of New York’s bold new step in building capacity and enhancing opportunities for MWBE firms.”
Compete to Win includes the following set of programs to help M/WBEs compete and grow:
NYC Construction Loan
NYC Construction Mentorship
The NYC Construction Mentorship program provides certified construction firms who bid on designated contracts with partnering agencies with greater access to City construction opportunities, a customized growth plan developed with a construction management firm, management classes, and on-the-job training services for contract winners. Businesses can start pre-qualifying now for contracts with Housing Preservation and Development, and Parks and Recreation. Bidding opportunities and mentoring services will be available in April, 2012.
In addition to the new initiatives launching through Compete to Win, the following programs are also available to help M/WBEs:
Strategic Steps for Growth
Corporate Alliance Program
Services are also available through NYC Business Solutions Centers, located in all five boroughs. NYC Business Solutions is a set of services to help businesses start, operate, and expand in NYC. These services are provided at no cost to businesses of any size and at any stage. Services include: business courses, legal assistance, financing assistance, navigating government, incentives, recruiting, training employees, and M/WBE certification.
The following initiatives have also been implemented to improve compliance with M/WBE requirements:
Improving Procurement Process and Compliance
These initiatives were first announced at the city’s annual Procurement Fair, hosted by the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) at BNY-Mellon, in May 2011.
The City's M/WBE Program was created in December 2005 when Mayor Bloomberg signed Local Law 129, which established utilization goals in prime and subcontracts by sector and by gender/ethnicity category. The program helps minority and women-owned businesses access government contracting opportunities and also provides capacity-building services. Since the program was implemented in 2006, certified M/WBEs have won more than 37,000 contracts valued at over $2.5 billion in prime and subcontracts with the City of New York.
To certify as an M/WBE, businesses must be in operation for at least one year; be at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or a member of a recognized minority group; and show a significant tie to the City's business community. For more information, visit www.nyc.gov.
For more information on services available to help small businesses, particularly M/WBEs, compete and grow please visit www.nyc.gov or call 311.
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