Event Details


January 19, 2024


9:30 am - 12:30 pm


CCE Broome County, Taste NY Building
840 Front St #2
Binghamton, NY 13905


Harvest New York

Precious Tshabalala

Pre-Registration Deadline: January 15, 2024


Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) Opportunities Info Session

January 19, 2024

Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) Opportunities Info Session

This event hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest NY, Empire State Development and the NYC MWBE program will include overviews on both the NYS and NYC Minority & Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) programs, as well as a panel discussion that will give an overview the untapped potential for MWBEs to participate and benefit from the program.

This event is meant to provide invaluable insights, strategies, and resources for farm and food MWBEs seeking to navigate state contracting. This meeting will provide a networking opportunity for MWBE businesses, government agencies, advocacy groups, producers, distributors, and stakeholders in the food procurement industry in New York State.

A light lunch and morning refreshments will be provided. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required to ensure adequate numbers of handouts for attendees. Any questions can be directed to Precious Tshabalala.

Welcome remarks - Introduction

-- Overview of the purpose and goals for the meeting.
-- Importance of M/WBE participation in food procurement.

Current state of food procurement in NYS
-- Current procurement landscape.
-- Highlight opportunities for MWBEs.

Overview of the program in NYS/Legal and regulatory considerations
-- Overview of the MWBE certification process.
-- Compliance requirements for procurement.

Best practices and success stories
-- Strategies for building successful M/WBE partnerships.
-- Key initiatives and success stories.

MWBE capacity building
-- Resources for MWBEs: Training, support, and financing.
-- Information on technical assistance programs.


Closing remarks and acknowledgements

Snacks and networking

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