Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today encouraged business owners to register early for New York States Fourth Annual MWBE Forum, to be held October 1-2, 2014, at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, NY. The Forum, the States largest annual business event for minority- and women-owned business enterprises, helps small businesses across New York tap into State contract opportunities to grow their business. Interested businesses looking to take advantage of the September 20th early registration deadline can do so by visiting http://nysmwbeforum.org/register/.
"Growing the economy has been a top priority of this administration and a key part to improving our business climate lies in the success of the thousands of minority- and women- owned businesses across New York, Governor Cuomo said. I encourage all eligible entrepreneurs to attend the 4th annual MWBE conference and learn what opportunities are available to them in the Empire State.
The 2014 MWBE Forum builds on past outreach efforts, which resulted in a record 21% of contracts worth $1.48 billion being awarded to MWBEs during the 2012-2013 fiscal year. In an effort to better connect businesses to the billions of dollars in services and commodities New York State spends every year, this years event will show businesses where the opportunities are and tell them how to win them. Each registered attendee will receive an electronic Contract Opportunities Book that provides a snapshot of each State agency and authority and identifies contract opportunities.
In addition, the Forum educates business owners about the New York State procurement process, how to grow their business, and successfully expanding into new market sectors. This years theme, Build Your Business, reflects the continued commitment of state officials to the success of MWBEs and small businesses throughout New York State.
Alphonso B. David, Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights said, Under Governor Cuomos leadership, agencies and authorities throughout the State have made tremendous strides in identifying barriers and increasing MWBE participation on State contracts. In 2013, we made history by attaining a statewide MWBE utilization rate of 21% on State contracts. Our goal this year is to build upon that success by connecting MWBEs and small businesses to market sectors with opportunities for greater MWBE participation. With dozens of workshops and presentations focusing on New York States current and future projects, as well as opportunities to meet and network with more than 50 government agencies and authorities and over 100 private and non-for-profit businesses, the annual MWBE Forum provides a unique opportunity for MWBEs and small businesses to identify the right opportunities for their portfolios and gain the skills necessary to win them.
The MWBE Forum is the premiere venue for MWBEs, small businesses, prime contractors, elected officials, and members of the Governors cabinet to discuss state contracting opportunities. The goal of the Forum is to make the process of doing business with the State easier and to serve as a one-stop shop that features contract and business expansion opportunities for MWBEs and small businesses. In 2013, the Forum attracted over 1,800 attendees and showcased over $1 billion in state contracting opportunities.
For more information on the 2014 MWBE Forum, visit http://nysmwbeforum.org/.