Opportunity M/W/DBE

Opportunity M/W/DBE is committed to increasing diversity on NYCEDC projects by helping Minority, Women-Owned, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (M/W/DBE's) overcome challenges that may make it difficult to win contracts on public projects. 


Grow M/W/DBE Business Capacity

To foster a more competitive vendor market, NYCEDC works to eliminate two challenges often faced by M/W/DBE firms: Limited access to networks and information, and a lack of access to capital at affordable rates.

Manage Forward

Manage Forward gives small business owners the tools, training, and networks to turn growth plans into action.

Blueprint to Success

NYCEDC invests time and resources into promising M/W/DBE ventures looking to reach the next level of growth. Through B2S, selected M/W/DBE construction firms are given significant technical assistance that is highly customized to their business needs.

Kick-Start Loan Program

NYCEDC helps M/W/DBEs that work as either Prime or Subcontractors on our projects to obtain loan capital that can strengthen their financial position, enabling them to cover upfront project costs or enhance cash flow streams during the life of the project.

The Money Matters Workshop

M/W/DBE-certified construction contractors are learning how to better manage their business finances with intensive, individual counseling workshop series sponsored by NYCEDC, BOC Capital, and Columbia University. 

Capacity Building Program Alumni

We have compiled an Alumni List of all of the businesses that have successfully graduated from NYCEDC's capacity building programs, Blueprint to Success and Money Maters. Review the list to engage our graduates in your upcoming project. 

Increase Project Opportunities

NYCEDC manages a broad range of projects, including construction of new buildings, improvement of public infrastructure, renovation of NYC's waterfront space, and maintenance of various city-owned properties and retail markets.  We procure the consultants and contractors that execute these projects through a public bidding or proposal process. The winner is charged with bringing the necessary businesses on board to complete the project.

M/W/DBE Goals for NYCEDC Projects

We set M/W/DBE goals on projects with ample opportunity for subcontracting. In order to be awarded, a low bidder or proposer must submit a Subcontractor Participation Plan that demonstrates how M/W/DBE goals will be met. 

Engage M/W/DBEs and Meet Project Goals

Understand what is required in order to comply with NYCEDC’s M/W/DBE programs, find specific M/W/DBE firms, and adopt strategies for bringing certified firms on board. Whether you are bidding on a project, responding to an RFP, or looking to buy City-owned land, there are different requirements for M/WBE planning and engagement. Learn how to respond with a successful Subcontractor Participation. 

Network to Get Work Resources

Decisions about which M/W/DBE firms to hire to satisfy the goals set by NYCEDC on a particular project are made by the prime contractor or construction manager. As an M/W/DBE subcontractor, it is important to conduct outreach to bidders and recently awarded contractors to let them know of your interest in the project. View all the opportunities to connect with prime contractors and construction managers on our projects.

Topic of the Week

View our Topic of the Week discussions to answer your questions regarding M/W/DBE opportunities.

Is there a question you would like to see answered here? Email your question to opportunitymwdbe@edc.nyc and we will do our best to address it.

Additional Resources for M/W/DBEs

Get Certified

Local Law 129 establishes M/WBE goals for City projects. In order for an M/WBE firm to count towards goals, it must be certified with the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS). There are similar programs and goals at the state and federal level. Lots of firms wait until they need certification for a specific project to apply, but it is best to apply for the designation in advance as it is a good marketing tool for marketing your business and can lead to additional work.

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