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
"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 communitys 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
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 Womens
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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