Getting certified as a Minority & Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE), Locally Based Enterprise (LBE) or Emerging Business Enterprise (EBE) will give you access to additional opportunities to sell to government, networking events, and inclusion in the City's Online Directory of Certified Businesses, and will provide opportuities to join long-term educational cohorts.
Understand the certification process by registering for one of our FREE Certification Workshops. Also, you can benefit from attending our application review sessions, where an analyst will review your application and documents for completeness, which will help with your certification timeframe.
Certified firms can also benefit from access to the following programs and services:
- One-on-One Technical Assistance – Is a comprehensive counseling service provided to business owners who need help selling their products and services to the government.
- Selling to Government Workshops – Educates businesses to best practice techniques in their specific industry groups on how to sell their goods or services to the government. Topics include: Selling to Government, Marketing your business to government, How to respond to an RFP, bidding strategies, and cost estimating strategies.
- NYC Goods & Services Mentorship - this 8-month, cohort based program for City-certified M/WBEs in non-construction professional services, standard services, and goods industries, provides accepted firms with business assessments, classroom instruction on business management & City procurement, and one-on-one mentorship as they focus on City Agency contracting opportunities and develop a growth plan for their business.
NYC Teaming – NYC Teaming offers a series of workshops to teach small businesses and City-certified M/WBEs the practice of teaming with other firms in order to compete for larger or new market contract opportunities. Then firms can network and practice what they've learned at a business matchmaking event.
Corporate Alliance Program (CAP) – The Corporate Alliance Program (CAP) is a partnership with ten large corporations to provide NYC-certified and eligible M/WBEs the opportunity to learn how to grow their businesses through private sector contracting opportunities. Initiatives currently available to CAP participants are the Navigating the Corporate Supply Chain workshops and the CAP/NYCEO Construction Mentorship Program.
Certified construction and construction trade M/WBEs can also access the following programs:
NYC Construction Mentorship – This 8-month, cohort-based program provides accepted participants (eligible applicants are required to complete an application and be interviewed for participation consideration) with classroom instruction on business and construction management topics, business assessments, and one-on-one mentorship as they focus on City Agency contracting opportunities and develop a growth plan for their businesses.
Bond Readiness – This 7-month, cohort-based program provides accepted participants (eligible firms must complete an application and be interviewed for participation consideration) with educational workshops and one-on-one assistance to help position their firms to either obtain surety bonds or increase their bonding capacity in order to bid on City construction projects.
Finally, we offer two additional programs for certified M/WBEs to take your business to the next level:
- Strategic Steps for Growth – Strategic Steps for Growth is a nine-month executive business management education program designed for M/WBE-certified firms, offered by the New York City Department of Small Business Services and the NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. The program gives entrepreneurs an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience through classes, using their own businesses as real-life business case studies and advice from business leaders and other entrepreneurs.
- Contract Financing – Business Solutions helps small businesses, including Minority or Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs), across all industries secure low-rate loans to compete on City contracts. Whether your firm has been selected to perform a construction project, provide professional services, or supply the City with goods, businesses across all industries can access up to $150,000 in capital to cover contract-related labor and equipment costs .
For more information, please visit our Online Certification Portal, Contact an Account Manager or visit our Business Library.