Minority and/or Women Owned Business Enterprise Certification
If you are a minority or women owned enterprise that wants to do business with NYS, Empire State Development provides certification just for you. Every state agency is required to report their compliance with MWBE participation goals as outlined in NYS Finance Law. By having the MWBE certification, your business has an opportunity of attracting new business from state agencies. The certification also provides other advantages including specialized networking and training events. Be sure to learn more today!
NEW! – Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Certification
The Division of Service-Disabled Veterans' Business Development (DSDVBD) is housed within the New York State Office of General Services and is tasked with promoting economic development opportunities for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDVOBs). Through the DSDVBD, the New York aims to assist service-disabled veterans in playing a greater role in the economy of the state and to provide additional assistance and support to disabled veterans to better equip them to form and expand small businesses, thereby enabling them to realize the American dream they fought to protect. Learn more about this program and the certification process today!
Small Business Resources Available
To be a NYS small business you must be a resident of NYS, not dominant in your field, independently owned and operated, and have 100 or fewer employees. If you are a small business, check out resources available to you through Empire State Development, Division for Small Businesses and make sure to register to receive more information at www.esd.ny.gov/smallbusiness.html.