Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the 2019 Regional Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises Opportunities Expo Series, which will connect MWBEs with New York State agencies, expert resources, information on state projects and tools to access state opportunities. The events will be hosted in New York City, Central New York, and Western New York.
“Every entrepreneur in New York should have the same opportunity to compete for state contracts, grow their business and succeed,” Governor Cuomo said. “For too long, women and people of color have faced structural disadvantages, but New York’s nation-leading MWBE program changes that calculus. The 2019 Regional MWBE Opportunities Expo Series will strengthen our successful efforts to support MWBEs and build an inclusive, thriving economy for all in the Empire State.”
The 2019 NYS Regional MWBE Opportunities Expo Series, sponsored by Empire State Development’s Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development and local State partners, will feature panel discussions, information on regional projects and workshops about New York State MWBE certification and business development resources. It will also include the New York State MWBE BOOT CAMP, which links MWBEs with regional technical assistance resources like Small Business Development Centers, networking opportunities with prime contractors, Procurement & Technical Assistance Centers and the Entrepreneurial Assistance Program. The Expos will also include information about State-sponsored financial and technical assistance programs, including the “Bridge to Success” Loan Program and the New York State Surety Bond Assistance Program.
Increasing the utilization of MWBE firms in state contracting is key to the success of New York’s MWBE program. In 2014, Governor Cuomo set the goal of MWBE procurement reaching 30 percent of state contracting – the highest such goal in the nation. In Fiscal Year 2017-2018, MWBE utilization increased to 28.6 percent, with MWBEs securing $2.5 billion in State contracts – up from less than 10 percent and under $100 million in 2010.
Nearly 7,500 MWBEs have been certified since 2011. The New York State Directory of Certified Firms currently includes more than 8,500 certified firms and is one of the largest listings of MWBE firms ready, willing and able to perform on public contracts in the nation.
The 2019 Expo regional schedule is below:
New York City
Friday, June 7
New York City College of Technology
285 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Central New York
Thursday, June 27
Cayuga Community College
197 Franklyn Street
Auburn, NY 13021
Western New York
Thursday, July 25
University of Buffalo
Educational Opportunity Center
555 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
To REGISTER for a 2019 NYS MWBE Expo event, CLICK HERE.