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Business Diversity Program

Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) & Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOB)

The University at Albany is committed to ensuring that NYS certified MWBE and SDVOB firms are given the opportunity to provide the University with commodities and services at competitive prices.

Consistent with federal and state laws, the university seeks to provide procurement opportunities for NY State Certified minority-owned business enterprises (MBE), women-owned business enterprises (WBE) and service-disabled veteran-owned business (SDVOB).

SUNY is required to exert good faith efforts to fulfill the mandated statewide MWBE and SDVOB procurement goals of 30% MWBE and 6% SDVOB participation within state funded procurements.

Through the implementation of SUNY Procurement Procedures 7557 and 7564, SUNY intends to:

  • Assign 30% MWBE and 6% SDVOB utilization goals to state-funded procurements;
  • Utilize MWBE firms certified by NYS ESD Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development to participate in university procurements;
  • Utilize SDVOB firms certified by NYS OGS Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development to participate in university procurements;
  • Take affirmative action to ensure that MWBE’s and SDVOBs are given the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to provide the university with commodities and services at competitive prices.
  • Create a level playing field on which MWBEs and SDVOB’s can compete fairly for University procurements;
  • Assist University vendors, contractors and bidders with inclusion of MWBEs and SDVOBs within University procurements and contracts.

SUNY procurement procedures 7557 and 7564 apply to all state-funded procurements exceeding $25,000 for labor, services, consulting and professional services (including architectural and design services), supplies, equipment or materials, and for procurements exceeding $100,000 for the acquisition, construction, demolition, replacement, major repair or renovation of real property and improvements.

All University procurements, equal to or exceeding the dollar values noted above, must be reviewed and approved by the University’s Purchasing Office for MWBE and SDVOB procurement compliance. If, after demonstrating Good Faith Efforts, full MWBE / SDVOB percentage participation cannot be achieved, then an MWBE and/or SDVOB waiver request has to be submitted to the appropriate governing agency for approval. A purchase order or contract cannot be awarded until the MWBE and SDVOB requirements are fully approved. The Purchasing Office will provide technical MWBE / SDVOB assistance. Please be aware that the MWBE / SDVOB review and approval process can require six (6) additional weeks to finalize a procurement.

Purchasing retains the right to change/substitute a vendor/contractor on any and all departmental requisitions whereby a MWBE and/or SDVOB is found capable of supplying such commodities / services based upon identified form, function and utility at a reasonable price.

For more information on how to do business with the University at Albany, or SUNY, go the How to do Business with SUNY web page, or visit the New York State Contract Reporter (NYSCR) for procurement opportunities advertised by SUNY.

Resources

Empire State Development Division of Minority and Women's Business Development (DMWBD)
http://www.esd.ny.gov/MWBE.html
MWBE NYS Executive Law Article 15-A

SUNY-Wide MWBE Program
The University-wide Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Program of the State University of New York. The following link provides detailed information and forms related to SUNY Procedure 7557 Participation by MWBEs with Respect to State University of New York Contracts
https://www.suny.edu/meansbusiness/mwbe/

NYS M/WBE Directory
The DMWBD maintains a searchable listing of certified MWBEs. The search can be vendor specific, product specific or by market area. In order for the University and prime contractors to get MWBE credit, the MWBE business must be certified as an MWBE by the DMWBD
https://ny.newnycontracts.com/FrontEnd/VendorSearchPublic.asp?TN=ny&XID=2180

OGS Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development
http://ogs.ny.gov/Veterans/
SDVOB NYS Executive Law Article 17-B

SUNY-Wide SDVOB Program
The following link provides detailed information and forms related to SUNY Procedure 7564 Participation by SDVOBs with Respect to State University of New York Contracts
http://www.suny.edu/sunypp/documents.cfm?doc_id=816

OGS SDVOB Directory
The OGS Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development maintains a listing of certified SDVOBs. In order for the University and prime contractors to get SDVOB credit, the SDVOB business must be certified as an SDVOB by the OGS Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development
https://ogs.ny.gov/Veterans/Docs/CertifiedNYS_SDVOB.pdf

NYS Contract Reporter
Procurement opportunities advertised by SUNY
https://www.nyscr.ny.gov/