Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued an executive order establishing a team to explore ways to meet his goal of expanding minority- and women-owned business enterprise (MWBE) participation in state contracting to 20%. Current MWBE participation in the state's contracting and procurement process is at 9.2%. A disparity study commissioned in 2010 by the state Department of Economic Development identified numerous barriers that have impaired access by MWBE to state contracting. Governor Cuomo’s MWBE team is identifying ways to overcome these obstacles and enhance existing programs to spur participation.
In 2010, ITS exceeded it goal ahead of schedule, to increase the number of woman and minority-owned businesses participating in state technology procurements to 20% by the end of the year. As one of the largest buyers of IT products and services in New York State government, ITS continues to work closely with the other state agencies and New York State’s top IT vendors to continue improving MWBE participation in technology procurements.
2010 Disparity Study (pdf)
NY Loves MWBE Division of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development (DMWBD) Website
Comprehensive Guide for Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs (pdf)