Mayor Bloomberg Launches Minority and Women-Owned Business Corporate Alliance Program
Eleven Major Companies Join Inaugural Effort to Connect M/WBEs to Private Sector Contracting and Capacity Building Opportunities
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today
launched the Corporate Alliance Program, a new initiative that will connect
certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) to contracting
and capacity-building opportunities in the private sector. Every year since the
Bloomberg Administration retooled New York City's M/WBE program in 2006, the
value of contracts awarded to M/WBEs have risen, including an increase of 47
percent in 2010 to $714 million, but the program focused only on public
contracts. The 11 founding partners of the Corporate Alliance Program –
Accenture, American Express, BNY Mellon, Colgate-Palmolive, Citigroup, Columbia
University, Con Edison, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, IBM and National Grid –
will make their contracting opportunities available to the program's recruiting
service for M/WBE suppliers, and collectively they will contribute staffing and
financial resources, host training sessions and events, and participate in
mentor programs. Like the City's existing M/WBE program, the Corporate Alliance
Program will be operated by the Department of Small Business Services. Mayor
Bloomberg announced the new program this evening in Manhattan at the 31st Annual
Gala of One Hundred Black Men.
“Since our Administration revamped the City's M/WBE program in 2006,
minority- and women-owned businesses have won more business every year,
including a 25 percent increase in 2009 even as total contracts declined, and a
47 percent increase last year. But we can and will do more,” said Mayor
Bloomberg. “By teaming up with some of New York City's major corporate citizens,
we'll expand our M/WBE efforts to include private sector opportunities. Becoming
a supplier to a large corporation adds credibility and stability to a small
business while increasing its revenue, and we want New York City's minority and
women-owned companies to benefit from New York City's strong and civic-minded
The Department of Small Business Service has worked with the 11
participating corporations to establish four initiatives to connect
City-certified firms to opportunities in the private sector. These initiatives
include a corporate skills training program to educate M/WBEs about doing
business with the private sector; a recruitment service to match qualified M/WBE
firms to specific opportunities with the founding companies; a mentorship
program to strengthen minority and women business leaders; and a citywide
construction training program for certified construction firms that will enable
them to compete for work among university campuses and corporate facilities.
Once the program is underway, companies in addition to the 11 founding partners
will have an opportunity to join as participants.
“We do everything possible to connect certified M/WBEs to opportunities
to sell to the City,” said Small Business Services Commissioner Robert W. Walsh.
“Building your portfolio and diversifying your client list is key to becoming
more competitive and the Corporate Alliance Program will offer this edge to our
M/WBEs who need help building capacity. Thank you to our founding partners for
their support and commitment to the program and the City of New
“The Corporate Alliance Program is another initiative that will only further
help our Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises,” said New York City
Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn. “By offering additional staffing and
financial resources and training sessions, this will give these business owners
the extra line of support that they need. I want to thank Mayor Bloomberg for
his continued efforts in helping Minority and Women-Owned Business
“Diversity is good for business, and a strong business community is vital to
our economic recovery,” said Senate Democratic Leader John L. Sampson.
“Expanding opportunities for Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises
beyond public contracts and into the private sector will create a more
competitive economic environment and is an historic step in the right direction.
I wholeheartedly support Mayor Bloomberg and the Corporate Alliance Program, as
I have the efforts of Governors Cuomo and Paterson to bolster MWBE's that will
create the jobs we need to grow our economy.”
“This is a major step that will not only strengthen MWBE's but
will promote community revitalization and job creation,” said Council
Member Inez E. Dickens.“My colleague, Council Member Leroy Comrie and I, with
the support of Speaker Quinn have created a MWBE roundtable discussion
group led by Rev. Jacque DeGraff. I want to thank all of the
MWBE business professionals who volunteered their time and made important
recommendations. Most importantly, I feel that we need to keep networking,
talking, listening and building solutions with private sector partnerships such
as the Mayor is proposing that I hope will bring about economic recovery for our
city, state and nation.”
“This is great news! At a time when M/WBE's are struggling, this
venture will boost their morale and hopefully their businesses,“said Council
Member Robert Jackson, Co-Chair of NYCC Black, Latino and Asian Caucus. “I
applaud the private sector for offering additional opportunities to our
certified minority- and women-owned businesses. This is definitely a step in the
“The Corporate Alliance program is one of the best initiatives thus far
implemented by the Bloomberg Administration, which 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 as
well, through the Department of Small Business Services' management of the
program, creates a win-win situation for all involved – the M/WBEs, the 11
founding partners, and the City of New York.”
The City's Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise Program,
certifies, promotes, and fosters the growth of the City's minority and
women-owned businesses and eligible small construction and construction-related
businesses. Companies that become certified obtain greater access to and
information about contracting opportunities, receive technical assistance to
better compete for those opportunities, and benefit from inclusion in the City's
Online Directory of Certified Firms. Since the program was initiated in 2006,
more than 26,000 contracts have been awarded to City-certified firms, valued at
nearly $1.9 billion and the number of certified firms has more than doubled to
over 3,000. In FY 2007, the first full year of the program, M/WBEs won
subcontracts worth $59.2 million, or 7 percent of the value of total City
subcontracts. That rose to $127.5 million and 16 percent in FY 2008, $180.4
million and 19 percent in FY 2009 and $381.9 million and 30 percent in FY
In 2005, Mayor Bloomberg signed Local Law 129, creating a
new Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) Program. Once the
law was signed, the Department of Small Business Services built a program
dedicated to promoting fairness and equity in City procurement
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology
services and outsourcing company, with approximately 211,000 people serving
clients in more than 120 countries.
American Express Company is a leading global payments,
network and travel company founded in 1850.
BNY Mellon is a global financial services company focused on
helping clients manage and service their financial assets, operating in 36
countries and serving more than 100 markets.
Citi is a global financial services company that has
approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160
countries and jurisdictions.
Colgate-Palmolive is a global consumer products company,
focused on oral care, personal care, home care and pet nutrition.
Columbia University is a top research university that seeks
to advance the frontiers of knowledge and foster a community deeply engaged in
understanding and addressing complex global issues.
Con Edison is a utility that provides electric, gas and
steam service to more than 3 million customers in New York City and Westchester
County, New York.
Credit Suisse AG, part of the Credit Suisse group of
companies, is a worldwide financial services provider.
The Goldman Sachs Group is a global investment banking,
securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of
financial services to a substantial and diversified client base.
IBM is a developer and manufacturer of advanced information
technologies, including computer systems, software, storage systems and
National Grid is an international energy delivery company.
Stu Loeser / Andrew Brent (212) 788-2958
Sarah Krauss (Small Business Services) (212) 618-6716