What is the M/WBE Participation Program?

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Overview

Welcome to the Department of Minority Affairs! The City of Syracuse Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) Participation Program is designed to increase opportunities for minority and women entrepreneurs to access government contracts and grow their businesses. 

When eligible businesses are certified with the City of Syracuse they become more visible to prospective buyers, including agencies and private contractors seeking to purchase goods and services.

There are several important benefits to becoming a certified M/WBE with the City of Syracuse, including listing the Online Directory of Certified Businesses. Other services includes the following:

1. Hands on assistance with any forms to conducting business with the City of Syracuse M/WBE Certification process. 

2. Updates and notifications related to conducting business with the City of Syracuse and RFP and Bid information.

3. Monitoring contracting activities and insure overall compliance with the local, state, and federal laws governing M/WBE and DBE      compliance. 

4. Ongoing information and technical assistance to assist in the growth and success of Minority and Women Owned Businesses.

 

     View M/WBE Directory(PDF, 670KB)    /   View Residents Workforce Directory(PDF, 249KB)


Become M/WBE Certified

A minority or women owned business as defined under the Ordinance must complete and submit a notarized certification application.  This will identify the owners company, their ethnic backgrounds, ownership interests, financial status, and the individual(s) who manage the daily operations of the company.

The application is linked below, or can be picked up in person.  Once the application is received with required documentation it is reviewed and verified.  Contact with the company may be required to submit missing documentation or to clarify discrepancies in the information provided.  Upon satisfactory completion of the application, an onsite meeting will be scheduled to verify business operations and staffing in Onondaga County.

If during the any part of the process it is found the minority or women's right to exercise managerial control is not available, the firm will not be certified until those rights become available and sufficient documentation is submitted for verification. 

 

M/WBE Certified Application(PDF, 1MB)

 


M/WBE Definitions

Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE) shall mean a small business enterprise that is periodically certified by the City’s Department of Neighborhood and Business Development as satisfying the following criteria: 

  1. At least fifty-one percent (51%) is owned and controlled by minority group members who are United States citizens or permanent resident aliens; or in the case of a publicly owned business, at least fifty-one percent (51%) of the stock of the business is owned by minority group members who are United States citizens or permanent resident aliens.

  2. The management and daily operations of the business are controlled by one or more of the minority group members who own it and the business has its principal operation, or has permanently staffed offices located within Onondaga County.  The following definitions will apply within this general category.

 

Woman-owned Business Enterprise (WBE) shall mean a business that is periodically certified by the City’s Department of Neighborhood and Business Development as satisfying the following criteria:

1. At least fifty-one percent (51%) of the business is owned and controlled by women who are United States citizens or permanent      resident aliens, or in the case of a publicly owned business, at least fifty-one percent (51%) of the stock of business is owned by      women who are United States citizens or permanent resident aliens.

2. The management and daily operations of the business are controlled by one or more of the women who own it.

3. The business has its principal operations, or has permanently staffed offices, located within Onondaga County.

 


Categories

Minority Person:    an individual who is Black, Hispanic, Asian, American Indian or Alaskan Native. 

Black Person:    an individual having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa.

Hispanic:    a person of Spanish culture whose place of birth was in Mexico, South or Central America, Cuba, Puerto Rico, regardless of race.

American Indian:    a person having origins in any of the original peoples of North America and who maintains cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community recognition.

Asian/Pacific Islander:    a person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast, Asia, the Indian Sub-Continent, or the Pacific Islands. This area includes for example, China, Japan, Korea, Samoa and the Philippine Islands.