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Minority- and Women-Owned Business (MWBE)

Minority- and Women-Owned Business

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

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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 (MWBEs) are given the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to provide the University with commodities and services at competitive prices. 

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 System-wide participation goals for minority and women vendors.

Each SUNY campus has a MWBE officer or contact. You are encouraged to contact them to:

The System-wide MWBE program is 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 fairs 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. FY2013 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 FY2012. The overall MWBE percent utilization rose from FY2012’s 5.12% to FY2013’s 16.4%.   MWBE utilization continued to rise over the next few years, from 2013 to 2017, peaking at 37%, well over the Governor’s participation goal of 30%.  While decreasing slightly between FY2017 and FY2020, MWBE participation remains above the 30% goal.

SUNY Fiscal YearTotal
% Change
2012 - 2013 $468,136,595 $76,787,651 16.40% 79.93%
2013 - 2014 $569,434,343 $91,532,356 16.07% 19.2%
2014 - 2015 $511,018,705 $110,534,205 21.63% 20.76%
2015 - 2016 $457,472,088 $143,119,852 31.28% 29.48%
2016 - 2017 $523,036,516 $195,667,734 37.41% 36.72%
2017 - 2018 $524,171,002 $170,095,831 32.45% -13.07%
2018 - 2019 $516,332,781 $166,261,069 32.2% -2.25%
2019 - 2020 $472,392,512 $151,118,719 31.99% -9.11%

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 MWBEProgram@suny.edu and we will be glad to respond.

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