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Assemblymember Peoples & Senator Thompson To Host Minority And Women Owned Business Enterprises Reception


free of charge and open to the public and is specifically targeted for minority and women-owned (MWBE) businesses, which are certified, eligible for certification, or currently undergoing the certification process. Lieutenant Governor David A. Paterson and Michael Jones-Bey, Director for the Division of Minority and Women's Business Development at Empire State Development Corporation, will present New York State’s executive plan for MWBE’s and discuss New York State contracting opportunities. Firms interested in expanding their businesses are able to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to meet with decision-makers and explore ways to help rebuild Western New York.

In addition to the informative presentations and networking opportunities, participants can also meet agency representatives, listed on Empire State Development Corporation’s “Top Ten List”, which are targeted for increased MWBE participation, as they are among the “top ten” list of agencies with the highest expenditures in New York State.

I am especially excited about this time in our state’s history when more attention, analysis and mechanisms are in place to address the disparities in opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses,” added Assemblymember Peoples.

The issues of Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises are critical to the future of the Western New York economy, as their numbers are on the rise… Clearly, positive attention from the state will go a long way to assist these small business owners.”

Partnering agencies had this to say about the MWBE Reception:

It’s extremely important that Western New York entrepreneurs have access to new and important information on MWBE opportunities… This information is crucial to the success of our business owners and the economic viability of our region.”

This commitment spearheaded by Lt. Governor Paterson, Assemblymember Peoples, and Senator Thompson to educate minority and women-owned businesses on opportunities with New York State will offer many benefits to not only our small businesses but to the community as well.”

There is a need for creativity, innovation, and collaboration to effectively plan for a financially successful future in Western New York…We need an active agenda to develop, retain, and grow businesses. An increase in opportunity could act as an economic stimulus for this area.”

The Partnership’s mission is to organize and undertake actions to expand private sector jobs and stimulate investments in the Buffalo Niagara region…We’re committed to MWBE development… We’ve developed a Diversity Supplier Program, a diversity advisory board, and an upcoming purchaser’s roundtable.”

LPCiminelli is committed to helping MWBE’s grow and become successful…We believe the diversity goals that are part of the Buffalo Schools Reconstruction Program have been a step in the right direction, but we must do more like today’s discussion so we collectively can figure out how to sustain MWBE’s long after the program is finished.”