The City's certification programs feature the Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Program, the Emerging Business Enterprise (EBE) Program and the Locally-based Business Enterprise (LBE) Program. We certify, promote, and foster the growth of the City's M/WBEs and eligible small construction and construction-related businesses.
The City spends up to $17 billion per year on goods and services. Getting certified will help you compete for these opportunities and access exclusive programs to help your small business grow.
More than 10,000 businesses currently benefit from New York City Certification, and the City is committed to awarding $25 billion in City contracts to M/WBEs by the end of Fiscal Year 2025.
Select an image below to learn more and apply for City certification in one of the following categories:
If you need help with getting certified, attend an upcoming certification workshop.
Get M/WBE and/or LBE certified faster with New York City, if you are already certified with our partners:
Make sure to select the M/WBE or LBE FastTrack application when applying online.
NYC invites eligible LGBTBEs certified by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) to apply for the M/WBE and EBE certification programs. LGBTEs must meet the statutory eligibility criteria for these programs. To take advantage of this partnership, LGBTEs should contact NGLCC and request that their information be shared with SBS. LGBTQ-owned businesses that are not NGLCC certified may also apply for NYC certification using the standard application in SBS Connect.
Learn more about the City's efforts to ensure minority and women-owned businesses have greater access to public contracting opportunities.
Ensures minority and women-owned businesses have greater access to public contracting opportunities.
Provides subcontracting opportunities on some of the most dynamic construction projects