The City’s M/WBE Program


The City of New York is committed to encouraging a fair, competitive and diverse business environment, supporting the growth and success of Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) and fostering a procurement process that is accessible to all businesses. The City's M/WBE Program currently comprises several different initiatives including the Local Law 1 program, the OneNYC initiative and the M/WBE Noncompetitive Small Purchase Method. These initiatives were specifically created to increase contracting opportunities and participation among City-certified M/WBEs. The Mayor’s Office of Contract Services (MOCS) partners with the Mayor's Office of M/WBEs (OM/WBE) and the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) to administer the program.

The City’s M/WBE Program has nearly tripled Citywide M/WBE contracting in just four years. More than 23.6% of City contracts under Local Law 1 were awarded to City-certified M/WBEs in Fiscal 2019. And since the start of the OneNYC M/WBE Program in Fiscal 2015, the City has awarded City-certified M/WBEs more than $13.2 billion in City contracts.


 

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MOCS Supports M/WBEs


Reaching Program Goals and Promoting Accountability Through Reporting

MOCS publishes reports that detail the City’s contracting with City-certified M/WBEs and progress on Citywide participation goals. Key reports include: Local Law 1 Contracting, Annual OneNYC M/WBE Initiative and M/WBE Noncompetitive Small Purchases. Click the links below to access the reports.

 

Local Law 1
Established in 2013, captures eligible contracts in Goods, Construction, Professional and Standard Services. Local Law 1 establishes specific, data-backed M/WBE utilization goals based on industry and M/WBE categories. These goals are the basis for the City’s commitment to award M/WBEs 30% of the value of all LL1 City contracts by Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. In FY 2019, the City realized 23.6% M/WBE utilization in contracting, tripling the rate in just four years. In the first two quarters of FY 2020, the City reached a record 30% M/WBE utilization. View the report here.


OneNYC
Established by Mayor de Blasio in FY 2015, with a current goal of awarding M/WBEs $25B in contracts by FY 2025. This initiative includes M/WBE participation outside the eligible industries captured under Local Law 1. MOCS tracks Citywide progress annually in the OneNYC M/WBE Bulletin. Since FY 2015 through the close of FY 2019, the City has awarded City-certified M/WBEs more than $13.2 Billion Dollars in City contracts.




M/WBE Noncompetitive Small Purchase Method

City agencies can award contracts of up to $500,000 for goods, professional services, standard services and construction directly to M/WBEs without formal competition using this method. This streamlined process makes it far easier for the City to do business with City-certified M/WBEs. Read more here. Don't miss out! Be ready to receive and respond to these opportunities directed specifically to our City-certified M/WBE businesses by enrolling in PASSPort. Learn more about the M/WBE Small Purchase Method here.


 

Increasing M/WBE Access to Business Opportunities


Technology Initiatives that Level the Playing Field

New technology platforms like PASSPort, the City’s digital Procurement and Sourcing Solutions Portal, provide visibility into City contracting opportunities and make it easier for small and community-based businesses to do business with the City of New York. If your business is not yet enrolled in PASSPort, do so now to ensure you are notified of future business opportunities and to participate in the procurement process. Learn more about PASSPort here.

 



 
Annual M/WBE Contracting Opportunities

MOCS publishes an annual list of anticipated competitive solicitations for each Mayoral agency that highlights potential opportunities for City-certified M/WBE participation. View the contracting opportunities here.


Advocating for M/WBEs through Legislative Engagement

MOCS collaborates with M/WBEs, community leaders, City agencies and legislators to advocate for legislative and administrative changes that will spur additional M/WBE opportunities.


Supporting City Agencies 

MOCS delivers monthly Citywide M/WBE program trainings for City agencies, in partnership with SBS and OM/WBE, aimed at providing City staff guidance, resources, best practices and policy and program updates.  These trainings enable City staff to better support M/WBEs during the contracting process.