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Certifying businesses and helping them navigate government contracting
Ebony Office Products
Ebony Office Products
Certified MBE
Long Island City, Queens
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 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.

A New M/WBE Program for New York City
On January 7, 2013, Local Law 1 of 2013 was signed to help strengthen the existing Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) Program. Once Local Law 1 (formerly Local Law 129) was signed, the Department of Small Business Services has been implementing improvements to the M/WBE program to continue promoting fairness and equity in City procurement processes. We believe in addressing the full range of business needs by providing services designed to strengthen the ability of certified M/WBEs to compete successfully in the marketplace.

Help Strengthen the City's M/WBE Program

Mayor Bill de Blasio has pledged to ensure that the City levels the playing field for Minority and Women-Owned Businesses (M/WBEs) to fairly compete for City contracts. This administration has set aggressive goals, including a commitment to award more than $16 billion to M/WBEs over the next decade, and is changing agency practices to ensure that M/WBEs are receiving the full benefits of the program by increasing the number and size of awards to qualified firms.

As part of the effort to strengthen the City's M/WBE Program, the City has contracted MGT of America, Inc. to conduct a new disparity study to explore potential changes to its M/WBE Program.

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Online Directory

To better promote the City’s certified vendors and to make it easy for buyers to find them, SBS maintains an Online Directory of Certified Businesses, which includes a detailed profile of each company.  Through inclusion in the directory, vendors can market their goods, services, and experience directly to purchasing agents who may not be familiar with their company.

Online DirectoryClick here to access the NYC Online Directory of Certified M/WBE, EBE and LBE Businesses

Programs & Services for M/WBEs
2016 Procurement Fair Booklet

M/WBE Reports

Pursuant to the New York City Code 6-129(l)1, the following reports have been submitted to the City Council Speaker: 

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