New York State Procurement Opportunities and Contact Information

Application forms are available from the State’s two offices by writing or calling them at:
              1)  Albany Office -30 South Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12245, phone: 518-292-5250; email:esd@empire.state.ny.us
2)   New York Office -633 Third Avenue, NY 10017, phone: 212-803-2414; email: esd@empire.state.ny.us
 

Or to obtain a certification application, you can download it from the Website: http://www.nylovesbiz.com/pdf/htbcert.pdf.

 

If you don’t have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download it for free at website: http://www.nylovesbiz.com/Small_and_Growing_Businesses/WMBE.asp.

 
•            Questions regarding the application can be answered by calling the Division offices at 518-292-5250 (Albany) or 212-803-2414 (New York).
•    Upon receipt of the application, the process of verification of the information on the application begins. You may be contacted for clarification or for additional information. The certification analyst will schedule an interview by phone and a site visit conducted.
•    Upon review of your application, documents, interview, and site visit, a determination to certify you as an MBE or WBE status will be made. When all documents have been received, the average wait for the determination is between 60 to 120 days. Once your company is certified, it will remain certified for two years. After 18 months, your company is sent a verification affidavit and is requested to return the form within 6 months with any changes (if any) or new information.  Once received, the company will be sent a letter of continued certification for another 2-year period.  Failure to return the form within the 6-month period will result in the expiration of the certification at the end of the 2 years and removal of the company from the directory.  The company can re-apply later on, but must do so under a brand new application.
•    If your company is denied, you are afforded the opportunity to appeal the decision to an Administrative Law Judge. You may appeal the denial decision by notifying the Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development in writing within 30 days of receipt of the denial letter. When your notice of appeal is received, an Administration Law Judge will schedule and conduct a hearing. After the hearing he/she will make a recommendation to the Director. The Director will issue a final order as the last step of the appeal process.
•    Article 15-A gives you the right to pursue an Article 78 proceeding appealing the Director’s decision if you continue to disagree with the findings of the Division. More information on Article 15-A is available at: http://www.nylovesbiz.com/pdf/artcl15a.pdf.
 
Once your certification has been accepted, your business will be listed in the State’s official Directory of Certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises, which is used by all State agencies and public authorities and may also be used by the Federal government for participation in State procurement, and major corporations as the primary source for identifying bona fide MBEs & WBEs. Most of the State’s prime contractors and many corporations also use it. The Directory is available to the public and is accessible via Empire State Development’s website at: http://www.nylovesbiz.com/Small_and_Growing_Businesses/WMBE.asp.
 

Certification allows a business the advantage of accessing a variety of loan and bonding developed for historically under-utilized businesses that participate in the WMBE program. And a number of State programs are available exclusively for, or targeted to, certified minority and women-owned businesses in the areas of financing, bonding, education, training and technical assistance.

 

 

There is special assistance for these specific industries:
     
Construction Opportunities with the Office of General Services
 
Construction
The Empire State Builder is a web publication of the New York State Office of General Services and deals with upcoming construction opportunities with their Design & Construction Unit. The Empire State Builder lists building construction, rehabilitation, or architectural and engineering contract opportunities at various agency locations. You will also learn about future bid openings and results of previous bid openings. Contact the OGS Design and Construction Group, Office of M/WBE Services, at 518-473-7083 or visit http://ogs.state.ny.us/default.asp
 
      Transportation
For Procurement Opportunities in Transportation with New York State, visit the Department of Transportation’s web page at http://www.dot.state.ny.us/cmb/cmb/html. “Notice of Highway Lettings” and “Results of Highway Lettings” will inform you of road construction contracts. Or, for more information, call 518-457-3583.
 
 
 
Commodity and Service Contracts
General Services
 

The New York State Office of General Services (OGS) awards contracts for use by State agencies, political subdivisions and other organizations authorized by law to purchase from State contracts. Sign up to be included in the OGS mailing list to receive bid notices at http://www.ogs.state.ny.us/ovr. Or, for further information, visit the OGS website at http://www.ogs.state.ny.us or email Procurement Services at customer.services@ogs.state.ny.us

 
Learn how to provide IT Services to New York State, email dawn.curley@ogs.state.ny.us for information on how to do so.
 

 

To request a free copy of the “Directory of Frequently Purchased Commodities and Services by New York State Agencies,” call the Office of the State Comptroller at 518-473-1368. This Directory will give you access to purchase agents at all State agencies and some public authorities.