SUNY To Convene Record Number of Businesses Owned By Minorities, Women, & Veterans At Economic Development Summit

June 16, 2014

Stony Brook – Tomorrow at Stony Brook University, The State University of New York and New Millennium Development Services, Inc. (NMDS) will convene small business owners and staff from the Long Island region to connect them with one another as well as governmental agencies, large corporations, and educational institutions.

The summit, which will be held at the Charles B. Wang Center at SBU from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., has attracted a record number of leaders from area Minority -and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) and veteran-owned companies, supporting Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s goals for increasing the use of MWBEs across the state.

SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman H. Carl McCall said, “SUNY’s university-wide MWBE Program is one of the most inclusive and aggressive in the state, and today’s event is evidence of our capacity to expand opportunities for MWBEs while driving economic development and creating jobs for New York State.”

“Tomorrow’s summit is a rare and dynamic venue for Long Island business owners to engage with one another and to enhance their partnerships with our SUNY institutions as well as governmental agencies and large corporations across New York,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “We are proud to bring together 750 business professionals – including the region’s largest contingent of minority, women, and veteran businesses – for this event.”

"As a hub of economic development for Long Island, Stony Brook is pleased to be able to host this important activity for the leaders of minority, women, or veteran-owned businesses," said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. "SUNY is providing an excellent forum for all to learn more about opportunities and programs that will aid in their success and the success of the many projects we work on together."

The summit is Long Island region’s largest procurement conference for small businesses including MWBE and Veteran-owned companies. Nearly 100 contract decision-makers from SUNY campuses as well as hospitals, governmental agencies, and major corporations will showcase procurement and business-to-business opportunities for approximately 750 business professionals throughout the day.

The summit will include engaging educational workshops and networking opportunities for attendees, as well as a business matchmaking session, which is the optimal networking experience for buyers and businesses.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2023, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

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