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Article 17-B of the Executive Law sets a State-wide participation goal of 6% for SDVOBs (Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses) on all contracts for commodities, services, and technology valued over $25,000 and for all construction contracts valued over $100,000. NYSBA reviews opportunities for subcontracting and other meaningful SDVOB participation on the contract by referring to the directory of New York State certified SDVOBs, located at: Division of Service-Disabled Veterans' Business Development.

NYSBA recognizes the need to promote the employment of Service-Disabled Veterans and to ensure that certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses have opportunities for maximum feasible participation in the performance of NYSBA contracts. In recognition of the service and sacrifices made by Service-Disabled Veterans and in recognition of their economic activity in doing business in New York State, Bidders are expected to consider SDVOBs in the fulfillment of the requirements of the Contract. Such participation may be as subcontractors or suppliers, as protégés, or in other partnering or supporting roles. To learn more about the certification process or the SDVOB program in New York State, please check Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Certification.


The New York State Bridge Authority (NYSBA) encourages the participation of Minority Owned Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) firms as either primary or sub-contracting vendors.  NYSBA routinely seeks proposals in the areas of commodities, services and construction.
For larger contracts, NYSBA will establish a goal for MBE/WBE participation. Contractors may seek to meet their MBE/WBE goals by hiring certified MBE/WBE firm(s).
MBE and WBE opportunities are expanding and new business opportunities are available, particularly in the construction and contracting industries.  To be recognized as an MBE or WBE business, your firm must be certified by Empire State Development.

To learn more about the certification process or the MBE/WBE program in New York State, please contact:
Empire State Development Division of Minority and Women Business Development.

Overview of MWBE Certification
Directory of MWBE Certified Business
Empire State Development Regional Offices