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Minority & Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE)/Service Disabled-Owned Veteran Business (SDVOB) Programs at DOS


Article 15-A of the NYS Executive law was enacted on July 19, 1988 to promote equality of economic opportunities for MWBEs and to eliminate barriers to their participation in state contracting.  New York State’s Goal for MWBE State Contracting is 30 percent.

The MWBE requirement applies to contracts, including grants, with value over:
           $25,000 for commodities and services
           $100,000 for construction
Under 5 NYCRR §142.8, DOS contractors are required to make “good faith efforts (GFE)” to provide meaningful participation to MWBEs as subcontractors or suppliers in the performance of their contracts.  Specific MWBE goals for each contract may be found in the specific solicitation document on the Grant/Funding/Bid Opportunities page.

DOS Quarterly Utilization Plan Report


Please refer to the specific solicitation document for guidance on which forms must be completed:
Form A: MWBE-EEO Policy Statement

Form B: Staffing Plan for contract over $250,000

Form C: Quarterly Workforce Utilization for Grantees

Instructions: Workforce Utilization Form for Vendors

Form D: MWBE utilization Plan

Form D-1: Compliance Certification Letter

Form E: Waiver Request*

Form F: Quarterly MWBE utilization

* A waiver request can be submitted if there are no opportunities for MWBE participation or to demonstrate the good faith efforts made to meet the goals.  Contractors who would like to request an MWBE waiver should reach out to their DOS Program Manager for assistance.

Additional Information:

NYS Contract System

NYS Certified MWBE Directory

NYS MWBE Certification through Empire State Development

NYS Law Article 15-A

NYCRR Title 5 Section 142.8

NYCRR Title 5 Section 142.13

NYS Executive Order No. 162 of 2017

Understanding Executive Order 162


MWBE Program at DOS
518-474-2754 /

Empire State Development Division of Minority and Women Business Development
855-373-4692 /

Empire State Development Certification Unit
212-803-2414 /


Article 17-B of the Executive Law, enacted in 2014, authorized the creation of the Division of Service-Disabled Veterans' Business Development to promote participation of Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDVOBs) in New York State contracting. The Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act recognizes the veterans’ service to and sacrifice for our nation, declares that it is New York State’s public policy to promote and encourage the continuing economic development of service-disabled veteran-owned businesses, and allows eligible Veteran business owners to become certified as a New York State Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB), in order to increase their participation in New York State's contracting opportunities. To this effect, the Department of State (DOS) has implemented a Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDVOB) Program, as mandated by Article 17-B. New York State’s goal for SDVOB participation is 6%.

Additional information about the SDVOB Program can be found at: