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All About M/WBE (Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise) Certification

08/10/2023 3:28 PM | Barbara Cervoni (Administrator)

In June, GPLH held a webinar on helping people get career-enhancing credentials including GPC (Grant Professionals Certification) CFRE (Certified Fundraising Professional), and M/WBE (Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise.)

More About M/WBE

As a follow-up to the info presented in our webinar about M/WBE  (Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise) check out these helpful resources:

Westchester County’s Office of Economic Development


This resource is valuable to those who are already registered and is also helpful to those who want to register. They will help you get registered, and will also add your business to their directory and interactive map, to help drive business to you.

The advantages of registering are many, even if your business is not based in Westchester. The website makes your business known to those seeking to hire M/WBEs. They send email notices about contract opportunities, as well as invitations to workshops, seminars, and training to help you succeed. The website has many helpful resources to help you get started, and they welcome assisting you. Contact: mwbe@westchestergov.com.

WEDC (Women’s Economic Development Corp.)


As mentioned during the webinar, WEDC is also happy to help you register. According to Nikki Hahn, Westchester’s WEDC Executive Director, 50% of those seeking NYS M/WBE certification will not succeed because they completed the forms incorrectly. WEDC wants to help and have a great track record of helping businesses successfully get through the paperwork hurdles.

More Resources

Interactive Map of Minority and Women-Owned Businesses Directory. Includes almost 2500 businesses listed from throughout the tri-state region. These businesses are registered with the Westchester County M/WBE program.

NYS M/WBE Directory. List of certified minority-and women-owned businesses registered with Westchester County’s Office of Economic Development, searchable by 15 categories to help you find the resource you are looking for – or to help those searching find you!

Westchester Contractor MBEs.

Black owned businesses in Westchester.

Remember, you can get credit for attending many GPLH webinars! And, if you’re a GPLH member, you can view recordings and handouts from past webinars, including this one, on our “members only” page.

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