The Office of Diversity and Industry Relations develops, implements, and monitors innovative policies and procedures to support minority and woman-owned business enterprises (MWBE), as well as strengthen relationships with industry partners.
This innovative program is designed to enable small and emerging firms to grow by becoming pre-qualified to work with DDC, assisting them in identifying and bidding on the right projects for their company while refining project management skills. Through this program, participants learn select industry best practices and achieve some important milestones:
For more details on the program modules, workshops, and our instructional team, please download our program bulletin.
Construction Mentorship Program
We educate and mentor NYC-certified MWBE construction firms, providing greater access to City construction opportunities. Enrolled firms receive a customized curriculum of classroom instruction on topics related to construction and business management, one-on-one assistance and mentorship from an experienced construction project manager, and a business assessment and customized growth plan to help them grow their businesses. The program also provides MWBEs with access to contracting opportunities through our Prequalified List. This program is supplemented by existing workshops, technical assistance, and business services, including financing assistance, already provided by Department of Small Business Services.
To learn more about the program and apply, visit SBS.
In addition to monthly workshops, we host networking events to give representatives from MWBEs the opportunity to meet with prime contractors who are working on our projects. Also, our Diversity Relations staff attends networking events and trade organizations to promote opportunities to do business with the agency.
Our External Advisory Board is committed to creating an equitable and competitive business environment. We work with the Commissioner and his staff to develop, broaden and facilitate innovative practices, procedures and initiatives to foster diversity and inclusion, as well as advance procurement opportunities with NYC certified minority and woman-owned business enterprises.
Chief Diversity and Industry Relations Officer: Magalie D. Austin, Esq.