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Senator Smith Alerts Minority & Women-Owned Businesses

From the NY Carib News

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) urged minority and women business owners to take advantage of the wealth of procurement opportunities now available to them through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

"There are currently numerous business opportunities specifically available for minority and women business owners with DEC," Senator Smith said." An array of commodities and services are required by this state agency, and I urge our community’s minority and women business owners to take full advantage of these opportunities."

To be certified by the State as a minority or women-owned business, a business must be either 51 percent minority-owned or 51percent women-owned, in business for at least one year and have a business certificate from New York State (typically, this means incorporated by New York State).

One certified, the businesses are listed in a statewide directory distributed to all state agencies and to contractors doing business with the State.

Senator Smith noted that there has been significant growth in New York State over the years in the number of businesses owned by women and minorities, and he is encouraged by that development.

"We must do all we can to create an atmosphere where small businesses and those owned by women and minorities continue to prosper and grow," said Senator Smith. "I will continue to advocate programs which promote a favorable climate for their continued growth and success."

For further information on procurement opportunities available to minority or women-owned businesses, interested individuals should contact Brenda L.Moulhelm, Supervisor of the Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise Program of the DEC at 518-402-9311. Additional assistance may also be obtained by calling the office of Senator Smith at 718-291-9097.

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