Minority- and Women-Owned Business

Minority- and Women-Owned Business

The University-wide Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Program of the State University of New York strives to assure that MWBE firms around New York State are given equal opportunities to have business with all SUNY campuses in various fields including construction, construction consultants, commodities and consultant/services.

wmbe workersIn terms of statutory requirements, the University-wide MWBE Program of the State University of New York is responsible for ensuring SUNY’s compliance with the Executive Law Article 15-A which mandates state agencies to establish business and employment participation goals for minorities and women on State contracts.

Also, it is the policy of the State University of New York (University) to take affirmative action to ensure that New York State certified minority and women owned business enterprises (M/WBEs) are given the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to provide the University with commodities and services at competitive prices. From SUNY Policy 7556: Procurement Opportunities for New York State Certified Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses

SUNY Procedure 7557: Participation by Minority Group Members and Women (MWBEs) with Respect to State University of New York Contracts outlines SUNY's good faith efforts to reach its University-wide participation goals for minority and women vendors.

Each SUNY campus has a S/M/WBE officer or contact. You are encouraged to contact them to:

The University-wide MWBE program has been dedicated to improving MWBE utilization by each SUNY campus through re-organizing and streamlining the entire procurement process. The program makes every effort to increase the participation and utilization of qualified MWBE firms through means such as setting MWBE goal amount for each campus and each contract type, finding perspective vendors for campus projects, sending out bidding opportunities to vendors and coordinating fair for vendors and contractors. The program also requires each campus to report MWBE utilization in each quarter to monitor compliance.

Through years of effort, the overall utilization of MWBE firms by the State University of New York has increased significantly. FY 2013 witnessed an outstanding growth in the utilization of MWBE firms. The total MWBE payments by all SUNY campuses reached more than $76.7 million, almost 80% higher than FY 2012. The overall MWBE percent utilization rose from FY2012’s 5.12% to FY 2013’s 16.4%. In the next few years, the program anticipates reaching the Governor’s MWBE participation goal of 20%.

SUNY Fiscal YearTotal
% Change
2005 - 2006 $446,026,011 $9,776,309 2.19% -
2006 - 2007 $478,890,413 $17,134,562 3.58% 75.27%
2007 - 2008 $522,578,516 $20,531,621 3.93% 19.83%
2008 - 2009 $543,207,447 $24,578,668 4.52% 19.71%
2009 - 2010 $508,045,430 $26,958,850 5.31% 9.68%
2010 - 2011 $559,274,521 $35,341,892 6.32% 31.10%
2011 - 2012 $833,236,924 $42,677,056 5.12% 20.75%
2012 - 2013 $468,136,595 $76,787,651 16.40% 79.93%

The success of Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises is critical to New York State’s economy and they are important business partners with SUNY. We will spare no effort to redress the inequalities in SUNY’s procurement process and contribute to the economic development of New York State by assisting and supporting MWBE firms.

Answers to frequently asked questions about the M/WBE program are available on this website.  For general information about SUNY's M/WBE program simply email and we will be glad to respond.

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