Getting certified as an M/WBE is the first step toward making the City - a potential buyer - aware that you are a minority and/or woman-owned business. The Department of Small Business Services (SBS) is responsible for certifying qualified businesses as M/WBEs. Interested businesses must apply for certification directly with SBS' Certification Unit. The certification process is easy and free of charge.
M/WBE certification offers many benefits. Businesses that successfully certify as M/WBEs with the City are included in the City's Online Directory of Certified Business, the go-to resource for promoting NYC M/WBEs to public and private sector buyers. Certified businesses also obtain updates about City contracting opportunities, as well as targeted information about: