Getting certified as an MWBE with New York City is fairly simple, however, it does require a fair amount of paperwork, including personal and business background documentation and information. This takes a little time to gather and organize, but it is not complicated unless you’re missing certain documents.

Generally, once you submit your application, which is now online, it can take about 90 or more days to get a status of your application. Additional information may be requested or you can be denied for a particular reason.

My best advice here is to work with a counselor at one of the many Procurement Technical Assistance Center’s (PTAC) provided by the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) within the 5 boroughs. The reason for this is that they would work with you on ensuring that your application has everything that it needs before you submit it to increase the likelihood of approval. They also have a great deal of services to help you in your business. The best part of this is that it is all FREE.

Below is the link to the main website to their main website for more information:

I’ll provide a separate post for the PTAC centers where you will find a link to their sites.