City agencies can award contracts of up to $500,000 for goods, professional services, standard services and construction directly to City-certified M/WBEs without formal competition using the M/WBE Noncompetitive Small Purchase Method. This streamlined process makes it easier for the City to do business with M/WBEs. Don't miss out! Be ready to receive and respond to these opportunities directed specifically to our City-certified M/WBE businesses by creating an account in PASSPort today using these simple two-step account creation instructions.
By creating an equitable and competitive environment, the Commission continues the City’s efforts to develop, broaden and facilitate innovative practices, procedures and initiatives that foster diversity and inclusion. The Commission is committed to its role in advancing procurement opportunities for NYC certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE).
The City's M/WBE program, enacted by the NYC City Council and signed by the Mayor as Local Law 129 of 2005 (LL129), as amended by Local Law 1 of 2013 (LL1) is designed to promote economic inclusivity in government contracting opportunities for businesses owned by minorities and women.
Minority and women-owned businesses that want to do business with New York City government must be certified by the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS). Once certified, a firm is listed in the SBS Directory which is used by all City Agencies and contractors. To qualify, businesses must be:
For additional information on the M/WBE Program, and to determine if your business qualifies, visit nyc.gov/getcertified. You can also obtain an application for certification by calling the Certification Hotline at (212) 513-6311 or visiting NYC Small Business Services.
The City of New York is rolling out new features in its PASSPort online procurement platform that will make the contracting process easier and more transparent than ever. PASSPort facilitates every step of the procurement process - from identifying vendors to contract solicitation and response evaluation, award to contract, and invoicing to payment. To maximize business opportunities, all contractors should create a vendor account in PASSPort. Please reference the Vendor Account Creation manual for step by step instructions on how to create a vendor account in PASSPort. For more information on PASSPort, visit the Mayor's Office of Contract Services (MOCS) PASSPort Webpage or reach out to the MOCS Service Desk at email@example.com.
If your business is working on, or hoping to work on, a project with a City agency or City-funded entity as a prime or subcontractor, you may be eligible for a Contract Financing Loan. Loan repayment terms are aligned with the project payment schedule.
Loans of up to $500,000 at an annual interest rate of 3% are available to eligible businesses. Closing fees apply. To be eligible to apply for a loan, you must:
How it works:
If your business is bidding or planning to bid on a project as a prime or subcontractor with a City agency or the NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the project requires surety bonding, you may be eligible to receive up to $500,000 in Collateral Assistance to enhance your surety bond application.
To be eligible, you must:
How it works:
Sheshe (Shay) Segar, Executive Director of Operations and M/WBE Officer