Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Deputy Mayor Richard Buery as the Director of the M/WBE Program. Jonnel Doris serves as the Senior Advisor of the M/WBE Program and Director of the Mayor’s Office of M/WBEs. Together they both ensure citywide compliance with M/WBE contracting and participation requirements.
The Program connects certified businesses with opportunities to sell their products and services to New York City agencies. The Program’s goal is to promote fairness and equity in City procurement processes by providing services designed to strengthen the ability of certified M/WBEs to increase their capacity and effectively contribute to the City’s economy.
The Department of Small Business Services (SBS) is the certifying agency for the City. Businesses primarily owned, operated, and controlled by women and/or minorities can certify as an M/WBE. To qualify for certification, a company must be:
- In business for at least one year
- At least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or a member of a recognized minority group, including Asian-Pacific, Asian-Indian, Black, or Hispanic
- Located in New York City or surrounding counties, or have a substantial business presence in New York City
- For more information to become certified as an M/WBE, please visit http://www.nyc.gov/getcertified
Certified businesses obtain greater access to, and information about, contracting opportunities through classes, networking events, and targeted solicitations. They receive technical assistance to better compete for contracts and benefit from inclusion in the City’s Online Directory of Certified Businesses. The directory promotes M/WBE businesses to purchasers.