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Why Certify Your Business As a Minority And Women-Owned Business Enterprise?

Once certified, the benefits to you include being listed in the “Directory of Certified Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises” which is used by:

  • New York State Agencies
  • Public Authorities
  • Federal Agencies
  • Corporations

These organizations use the directory when purchasing commodities and services.  This means more opportunities for your business!

Who is eligible to be certified?

  • Firm must be at least 51% owner, operated and controlled by minority members and/or women who must exercise the authority to independently control day-to-day business decisions.
  • Each minority member or women upon whom certification is based must have a net worth of less than 3.5 million.
  • The business cannot exceed 300 employees and must be independent and authorized to do business in New York State.

Online Resources

For Certification Assistance or questions contact Lynn Allen Cione atlynnc@orangeny.com or call 845-457-9700.

MWBE Certification
http://esd.ny.gov/MWBE/Certification.htm

NYS Contract System
https://ny.newnycontracts.com

SBA’s Women’s Business Center
http://www.sba.gov/content/women%E2%80%99s-business-centers

SCORE – Counselors to America’s Small Businesses
www.score.org
www.orangenyscore.com Local Chapter at the Chamber.

NYS Small Business Development Center
www.nys.sbdc.suny.edu

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