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Office of the State Comptroller

Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Program

INTRODUCTION:

Welcome to the home page for the Office of the State Comptroller’s (OSC) Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Program. OSC celebrates the diversity of New York’s people and communities and views the differences among us as strengths and assets. OSC strives to be a leader in State government and to be seen as a role model for others to follow. OSC’s M/WBE Program is an example of our commitment to minority and women-owned business development. The goal is to ensure that OSC operates as an organization that increases and supports diversity in the workplace. This commitment is embodied in the Comptroller’s Executive Order on Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprise Procurements in which the Comptroller orders that “All appropriate OSC employees will take steps to facilitate the fullest possible utilization of M/WBEs….”

Article 15-A of the New York State Executive Law was signed into law on July 19, 1988. Under this statute, State Agencies are charged with establishing employment and business participation goals for minorities and women. Consistent with Article 15-A of the New York State Executive Law, §§ 310-318 and State Finance Law § 163(6), OSC has a longstanding and continuing commitment to the participation of M/WBEs in the agency’s contracting and procurement activities as providers of goods and services. These laws were enacted to promote equality of economic opportunity for minority group members and women and to eradicate barriers that have unreasonably impeded access by M/WBEs to State contracting activities.

OSC’s primary objectives for the M/WBE Program are:

• to promote employment and “fair share” business opportunities on OSC contracts for minorities and women.
• to provide resources and opportunities for M/WBEs to improve their business position in conducting business with New York State.
• to increase the development and utilization of qualified business firms owned by minority group members and women through such means as contracting, subcontracting, and commodity procurement.
• to advance public policy that enhances and facilitates greater transparency, accountability and support of diversity, while promoting the highest standard of professional and ethical conduct.
• to create awareness of OSC’s M/WBE Program and share Agency best practices.
• to perform outreach at conferences, trade shows, and other forums that increase understanding of OSC procurement opportunities, and to cultivate relationships with M/WBE firms.

RESOURCES:

• An Executive Order is a directive issued to address a significant topic or situation that is of specific interest or concern to the Comptroller. The Comptroller’s Executive Orders on Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprise Procurements and on Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action require specific actions by OSC and establish parameters for dealing with these issues.
• The Directory of Frequently Purchased Commodities and Services by New York State Agencies allows vendors to examine State Agency expenditures in various categories, such as supplies, equipment, maintenance/repairs, information technology and more.
• The Summary of Article 15-A of the Executive Law will familiarize vendors with the New York State Executive Law and the criteria for implementing the New York State and OSC M/WBE Programs.
• On the New York State Office of General Services webpage for the Office of Minority/Women Owned Businesses and Community Relations, learn “How to do Business With New York State."

PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES:

CONTACT OSC:
Interested parties should direct questions to any of the following persons at mwbe@osc.state.ny.us:

  • Larry Appel, Assistant Comptroller for Financial Management
  • Brian Matthews, Assistant Director, Financial Administration
  • Bruce M. Girigorie, Minority/Women-Owned Business Specialist
  • Ellen Porcari, Contract Management Specialist I, Financial Administration