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Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) that want to do business with New York City government can receive certification.

Each small business must be:

  • At least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by a minority or woman
  • In business for at least 1 year
  • Located in New York City or have a significant tie to the City's business community

You can submit your M/WBE Certification application and check the status via the NYC Online Certification Portal. There is no fee to apply.


Learn more about the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Program.

By Phone

During business hours, you can get help with specific questions about the program, eligibility requirements, or the online application.

Call 311 for assistance.

The Department of Small Business Services (SBS) provides a central directory online for prospective purchasers to learn about Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) and Locally Based Enterprises (LBEs) that are certified to do business with the City of New York.

The directory lists previous contract wins and contract information.


Find a certified business.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

Corporate Alliance Program (CAP) partners can submit requests directly to the Program Manager for lists of qualified Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) for specific capabilities based on contract opportunities that arise.

Learn about the Corporate Alliance Program.

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