The City’s certification programs, including the Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Program, the Emerging Business Enterprise (EBE) Program and the Locally-based Business Enterprise (LBE) Program certify, promote, and foster the growth of the City’s minority and women-owned businesses and eligible small construction and construction-related businesses. Companies that become certified obtain greater access to and information about contracting opportunities, receive technical assistance to better compete for those opportunities, and benefit from inclusion in the City’s Online Directory of Certified Firms.


New York State MBE Certification

New York State MBE Certification, also known as Minority-Owned Business Enterprise Certification, is a program that verifies businesses majority-owned by minorities. This certification increases opportunities for these businesses to participate in government contracts. New York State MBE Certification

New York MTA DBE Certification

DBE certification is a program that identifies businesses owned by individuals from disadvantaged groups. This can include minorities, women, and socially or economically disadvantaged individuals. Businesses with this certification are eligible for participation in government contracts, including those with the MTA. New York MTA DBE Certification

Nassau County MBE

Nassau County has its own separate Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE) program from the New York State MBE program. This program is designed to help minority-owned businesses participate in Nassau County government contracts. Nassau County MBE

New York City MBE Certification

New York City has a program very similar to the New York State MBE Certification, but it’s called Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Certification. It expands opportunities for minority and women entrepreneurs to access government contracts and grow their businesses. New York City MBE Certification

8(a) Certification

8(a) is a federal contracting and training program for experienced small business owners who are socially and economically disadvantaged. 8(a) Certification

The Port Authority of NY& NJ MBE Certification

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) offers a program called Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE) Certification. This certification helps connect minority-owned businesses with contracting opportunities at the Port Authority. Port Authority of NY & NJ MBE Certification

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