Increase the number of certified M/WBEs
As of July 2014, there were 3,783 certified M/WBEs in New York City—a slight increase from 3,700 in July 2013. The City sponsored 20 certification workshops in Fiscal Year 2014, with community partners supplementing this outreach with marketing workshops, networking events, and business development services. However, there are still opportunities for increased support during the certification process, which the City continues to streamline. These include the use of the recently-launched New York City online certification portal and increased outreach to firms that could be eligible. We will engage in a marketing push to attract M/ WBEs, with a special focus on those that could support OneNYC initiatives. These efforts will be undertaken in conjunction with Small Business First and efforts to reform procurement processes in the City.