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How to Certify with the City

WhoÔÇÖs eligible to certify with the City of New York?

  Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Emerging Business Enterprise (EBE) Locally Based Enterprise (LBE)
Operation Operating at least 1 year Operating at least 1 year Operating at least 1 year
Industry Construction, Professional Services, Standard Services, and Goods Construction, Professional Services, Standard Services, and Goods Construction and construction-related
Ownership At least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by a woman or a member of an ethnic minority group At least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by individuals who are socially and economically disadvantaged Program does not have specific requirements of owners
Location Operates in NYC; or conducts business in NYC; or possesses a license issued by NYC Operates in NYC; or conducts business in NYC; or possesses a license issued by NYC Performs at least 25% of work in an economically depressed area of NYC or employs a workforce that consists of at least 25% economically disadvantaged persons
Earnings Derives 25% or more of gross receipts from business conducted in NYC Derives 25% or more of gross receipts from business conducted in NYC Average annual gross receipts for all construction and construction-related work during past three years is less than $2 million

How Do I Apply?
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Step 1: Get Registered

Any business that wants to do business with the City of New York must register with the Vendor Enrollment Center. Log on to www.nyc.gov/selltonyc to download the Vendor Enrollment Application. When registering, please limit your NIGP code selections to those that best describe the product or services you sell.

Step 2: Get Certified

Attend a free M/WBE Certification Prep Course every 3rd Thursday of the month from 2-4 P.M. or every 4th Wednesday of the month from 6-7:30 P.M. Trained certification analysts will walk you through the application process and help you to avoid commonly made mistakes. Go to 311 Online to register.

Standard M/WBE Application
Standard LBE Application
Standard EBE Application 

To re-certify, the business will have to complete and submit an abbreviated version of the certification application which will be sent before the end of the business' current certification.  You may also contact the certification helpline to request a re-certification application.

You may be eligible to submit a Fast Track application if you are currently certified by any one of the following organizations:

  • New York City School Construction Authority
  • The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Women President's Educational Organization
  • New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council Inc.
  • New York State Department of Economic Development, Division of Minority & Women's Business Development (DMWBD)

Call the Certification Helpline at 212-513-6311 to request a Fast Track or Standard application.

Step 3: Get Connected

  • Take classes to learn about the certification and procurement process
  • Once certified, meet with a procurement counselor to get one-on-one guidance
  • Network with City buyers at exclusive matchmaking events to help your business grow

To get started doing business with the City, please visit NYC Business Solutions.