Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) Opportunities Expo events, hosted by New York State, in Western New York, the North Country, and Mid-Hudson regions. These one-stop-shopping workshops will directly connect certified firms with contractors and various New York State agencies to increase opportunities for business growth and job creation.
If were going to rebuild the Empire State, we need to make sure the doors of economic opportunity are open to all, Governor Cuomo said. The Opportunities Expo is one of the many ways were connecting minority and women-owned businesses to up to $1 billion in contracting opportunities. I encourage businesses to take part in their nearest Expo and learn more about the benefits of doing business with the State of New York.
In addition to providing the opportunity to meet procurement officers, the event will also feature workshops and panel discussions to deliver important information about New York State MWBE certification and business development resources, as well as basic government procurement training. The Expo will also include the New York State MWBE BOOT CAMP, which will bring together local resources available for MWBE firms, such as the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network, Professional & Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) and the Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP) center network in the region.
MWBE Opportunities Expos, sponsored by Empire State Developments Division of Minority and Women's Business Development and local State partners, will be held as follows:
Western New York
Thursday, April 24, 2014
University of Buffalo Allen Hall
Thursday, May 8, 2014
SUNY Plattsburgh Warren Ballroom, Angell College Center
In addition, an Expo is scheduled to take place in the Mid-Hudson region this summer. For more information, please email [email protected].
President, CEO & Commissioner of Empire State Development Kenneth Adams said, The Opportunities Expo features a full day program of networking opportunities and panel discussions that will not only engage potential minority and women owned business owners but will also be helpful to actively certified firms. By continuing to focus our efforts on increasing the MWBE utilization in State contracts, we will help these small businesses grow and create jobs in our local communities which, in turn, will benefit all of New York State.
More than a dozen State agencies and authorities involved in the regions business community, through the Regional Councils and other initiatives, will participate in panel discussions and workshops including:
- Capacity Builder Workshop Leveraging MWBE Certification with Business Development support
- Regional Council Awards, Round 2 & 3 Opportunities for MWBE subcontractors
- Review of new New York State Contract Reporter and New York State Contract Compliance System and what they mean to your business
Since Governor Cuomo took office in 2011, MWBE utilization has more than doubled, increasing in FY 2012 - 2013 to 21.06% and exceeding the Governors goal of 20% for the first time in the States history. In addition, the following initiatives have been key to MWBE success in New York State:
- Launched a state of the art web-based contract system
- Increased pool of certified MWBE Firms
- Created network of opportunities for MWBE participation and economic growth
- Established system to ensure accountability and compliance among the executive agencies and authorities
- Created New York State Surety Bond Assistance Program