The de Blasio Administration is committed to tackling income inequality in all its forms across the five boroughs, and improving the way the City does business with the city is key in this effort. Mayor Bill de Blasio created the Mayor’s Office of Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) to address the disparity between City contracts awarded to certain ethnic and gender groups and their overall representation in City contracting. The Office is responsible for oversight, policy, interagency coordination and accountability of the Citywide M/WBE Program. It serves as a One-Stop-Shop for M/WBEs interested in doing business with the City and its agencies.
Established by Executive Order No. 24 in 2016, Mayor’s Office of M/WBEs is focused on fostering the success of minority - and women-owned businesses and coordinating the work of other City offices, including the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services and the Department of Small Business Services, that administer the City’s M/WBE programs. Through this office, the City is increasing agency accountability and ensuring access for businesses that want to contract with the City. The office also serves as a one-stop-shop for M/WBEs to connect with various City agencies.
The City's M/WBE program encourages a competitive and diverse business environment. It increases contracting opportunities and participation among City-certified M/WBE firms. Under Local Law 1 of 2013, the M/WBE Program applies to the industry categories of construction, professional and standard services contracts, as well as goods under $100,000 for mayoral agencies.