The program prioritizes these businesses for procurement for state government.
A Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) is identified as being at least 51% owned by people who are:
- black persons having origin in any of the black African racial groups;
- Hispanic persons of Mexican, Dominican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American descent of indigenous or Hispanic origin, regardless of race;
- Asian and Pacific Islander person having origin in any of the Far East countries, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent or the Pacific Islands; or
- Native American or Alaskan Native persons having origin in the original peoples of North America.
A Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) is a business in which at least 51% is owned by who are women.
Business owners must be citizens or permanent residents to be eligible.
For more information, contact:
New York State Department of Economic Development, Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development
633 Third Avenue
Phone: (212) 803-2414
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