About Us

Since 1988 we’ve been helping local, state, and regional government agencies as well as prime contractors, find and connect with certified and qualified Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (“MBE”), Women-Owned Business Enterprises (“WBE”), Disadvantaged-Business Enterprises (“DBE”), and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (“SDVOB”) through our award-winning publication, Minority Commerce Weekly (MCW).

We’re trusted by thousands of small, minority and women-owned business enterprises, disadvantaged businesses and service-disabled veterans subcontractors/suppliers looking for contracting opportunities to grow and sustain their business. Through the pages of MCW, they’re able to find solicitations and bid notices from local, state and regional government contracting agencies and prime contractors who are not only mandated by legislation to “make the effort” to contract with underutilized businesses but who genuinely believe that the projects they oversee and the local business communities they support, will be better off for that effort.

Tier 1 contractors turn to Minority Commerce Weekly when bidders list, matchmaking events, and government directories fail to deliver the right candidate for the particular project. MCW supports the outreach activity of prime contractors to demonstrate and document their “Good Faith Effort” to provide meaningful participation by certified MWDBE/SDVOB subcontractors or suppliers in the performance of the awarded contract.

For more than 30-years, MCW has bridged the gap between government purchasing executives, prime contracting recruiting staffs and the MWDBE/SDVOB communities to foster growth and economic development across disciples.

To learn how you can find qualified subcontractors/suppliers to participate on your projects or to identify projects to bid on, browse our website at minoritycommerceweekly.com or call me directly at 212.349.4100. I’d love to hear from you.

About Our Founder

For decades, Jim Wood has honed his skills as a media-marketing executive for local newspapers, Sunday Supplement, and major-market magazines, Network Radio and as a publisher in his own right of Minority Commerce Weekly publications.

In 1988 he recognized a need to assist State, City & local government procurement professionals and prime contractors in their efforts to recruit Small, Minority-owned, Women-owned, Disadvantaged businesses and Service Disabled Veteran-owned businesses (MWDBE/SDVOB) to participate in the performance of awarded contracts. MWDBE/SDVOB firms also needed a dedicated resource that would advise them of bidding and contracting opportunities in a timely manner. Minority Commerce Weekly and
its subsequent web site, minoritycommerceweekly.com emerged as the solution for both needs.

For more than thirty years, Jim has developed the award-winning Minority Commerce Weekly as the go-to MWDBE/SDVOB trade-publication for procurement professionals to advertise their bid requests targeted to these small firms. More than 150 State, City & Local governments’ agencies and prime contractors routinely place their outreach solicitations in the publication that document their “good faith efforts” to reach and employ the more than 15,000 certified firms who utilize the publication each week.

Jim’s work has been recognized for many achievements including;
NYC Neighborhood Achievement Award – M/WBE Advocate of the Year National Minority Business Council (NMBC) Robert H. Adams Outstanding Media Award
The Association of Minority Enterprises of NY’s (AMENY) Minority Enterprise of the Year
U.S. Small Business Administration – SBA’s Minority Small Business Champion Award

He is a graduate of the NYC Small Business Services’ (SBS) Strategic Steps for Growth curriculum administered by NYU Stern School of Business; A mentor/volunteer of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Service Corps of Retired Executives (S.C.O.R.E.); a Suffolk County Advisory Board member for Minority Affairs; and a member of the 369th Historical Society’s Executive Board.

Jim is a Retired Veteran, his Military affiliations include:
U.S. Air Force – Active Duty – 1959 – 1964 – Europe
U.S. Air Force Reserve – 1964-1985 – McGuire AFB, NJ
New York Air National Guard – 1985 – 2000 – HQ NY Air National Guard, Latham, NY
Air Division, the New York Guard – 2000 – 2005 – HQ Air Div., NYGuard, Latham, NY

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