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Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises

Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises

About Our Services

The Office of Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (OMWBE) is responsible for ensuring that the Office of General Services (OGS) and its hosted agencies comply with the provisions of New York State Executive Law, Article 15A and the rules and regulations set forth in 5NYCRR, Part 140 – 145. These policies are intended to promote and encourage participation by minority and women-owned businesses in state contracting opportunities. Our services include: 

Policy Analysis and Review - OMWBE works closely with other OGS business units and state agencies to clarify, streamline and standardize the procurement process to reduce barriers to MWBE participation in state bid opportunities.

Goal Setting - OMWBE establishes a percentage goal for MWBE participation for all applicable contracts established by OGS. These goals are incorporated in the solicitation for bids and resultant contracts.

Reporting Results - OMWBE prepares reports for Empire State Development that present OGS' performance results relative to MWBE participation goals. Our staff examines and interprets the data to identify opportunities to improve.

Compliance Monitoring - OMWBE follows up with contractors and vendors to track whether MWBE participation goals are being met and help address issues.

Outreach and Education - OMWBE sponsors and participate in conferences, meetings, and other forums around the state throughout the year, in an effort to increase awareness and educate people about the state's MWBE program and how to do business with New York State.

Certification Assistance - OMWBE responds to questions about the MWBE certification process and refers businesses to the Empire State Development, which receives and reviews applications and issues certifications.


frequently asked questions

Business Outreach Events

Event Date Time Location
2019 Veterans Business EXPO & Monroe County Finger Lakes Procurement Technical Assistance Center Matchmaker (MCFL PTAC) October 30, 2019 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Holiday Inn Downtown

70 State Street

Rochester, NY 14614

7th Annual Government & Business Matchmaker November 8, 2019 7:00 a.m.

Con Edison Learning Center

43-82 Vernon Boulevard

Long Island City, NY  11101

The Small Business Development Center/Nassau County Office of Minority Affairs – Government Procurement & Business Expo November 15, 2019 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Farmingdale State College, Campus Ballroom

2350 Broadhollow Road

Farmingdale, NY 11735



Find Business Opportunities

  1. Learn how New York State buys goods and services, and where to look for opportunities - download the definitive Guide to Doing Business With New York State.
  2. Register your business on the New York State Contract Reporter to receive email notifications of opportunities in your business area. The Contract Reporter is the official online publication of state contracting opportunities.
  3. OGS Design & Construction
  4. OGS Centralized Contracts Bid Calendar

New York State Contract System

Find Certified Businesses or Apply for Certification

The New York State Contract System enables users to apply for NYS MWBE certification, search for NYS MWBE certified firms, and easily interact with state agencies and authorities. 


Go to the New York State Contract system


OGS Compliance and Reporting Forms for Commodity & Service Contracts, Consultant Contracts, and Construction Contracts.


Compliance and Reporting forms

Definition of good faith efforts

Utilization Plans for OGS Contracts

See utilization plans submitted by bidders granted for OGS contracts including commodities, services, technology, consultants and construction. 

Utilization Plans for Hosted Agencies

OGS also posts utilization plans for its hosted agencies, including State Liquor Authority, Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Board of Elections, and Division of Veterans' Affairs.

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29th Floor, Corning Tower

Empire State Plaza

Albany, NY 12242

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