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NYC Dept. of Correction Holds Vendor Event for Minority and Women-Owned Businesses 

Guest speakers include DOC Commissioner Joseph Ponte, Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop, Councilman Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. and Senior Advisor and Director Jonnel Doris of the Mayor’s Office of M/WBEs

East Elmhurst, NY -- The New York City Department of Correction (DOC) invites business owners and the community to a Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Vendor Event on at Queens Borough Hall on March 29.

The event promises to be a great opportunity for minority and women-owned businesses (M/WBEs) to connect with resources and information on business contract prospects with DOC and other city agencies.  

Guest speakers at the event, which will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., will include DOC Commissioner Joseph Ponte, Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop, Senior Advisor & Director Jonnel Doris of the Mayor’s Office M/WBEs, and Councilman Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., who serves as the Chair Small Business Committee. Representatives from city agencies, Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), and Chambers of Commerce will also attend.

“DOC is committed to providing business opportunities to minority and women business entrepreneurs,” said Commissioner Ponte. “We procure a wide range of goods and services for our agency's day-to-day operations, and we seek qualified vendors to provide services, goods, construction and construction-related services to support our diverse portfolio of needs.”

The Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Certification Program connects certified businesses with opportunities to sell their products and services to New York City agencies. The program promotes fairness and equity in City procurement processes and works to strengthen the ability of certified M/WBEs to grow and contribute to the city’s economy. M/WBE-certified businesses gain access to information about contracting opportunities through classes, networking events, and targeted solicitations.

DOC is firmly committed to meeting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s goal of awarding at least 30 percent of the value of City contracts to M/WBEs by 2021. Annually, DOC's Central Office of Procurement purchases approximately $40 million in goods, services, construction and construction related to operate and maintain the facilities under its management.

DOC has set a goal of awarding 45% of all small purchases (contracts less than $100,000) to M/WBEs. Since the start of Fiscal Year 2017 in July, we have awarded more than $2 million in small purchase and micro-purchase contracts to M/WBEs.

The March 29 vendor event is not only a great opportunity to learn about vendor opportunities at DOC, but also will serve as a networking event for business owners and city agencies and an opportunity for business owners to learn more about the M/WBE certification program. Business owners interested in becoming M/WBE certified receive assistance and support during the certification process.

“City contractors should reflect the rich talents and diversity of all New Yorkers, and that is why Mayor de Blasio has leveled the playing field for minority and women-owned businesses competing for city contracts,” said Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. “Events like this open the door for businesses to learn more about contracting opportunities and will help us reach the Mayor’s bold, new goal of awarding 30% of the City’s contracting dollars to minority and women owned businesses by 2021.”


“These agency networking events are essential for M/WBEs looking to get their foot in the door and build relationships with agencies that offer a wide variety of contracting opportunities,” said Jonnel Doris, Senior Advisor and Director of the Mayor’s Office of M/WBEs. “I encourage every M/WBE who wants to grow and sustain their business to attend this event and be part of our mission to award at least 30 percent of the value of City contracts to M/WBEs by 2021. We know that when everyone, regardless of race, gender or ethnicity, has the mean they need to thrive, the city as a whole prospers.”


DOC will like to thank all city agencies that are participating and helping make the event possible, including Borough President Melinda Katz’s office.


To learn more about the M/WBE certification program, visit