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  •  /uploadedImages/A_Content/SupplierDiversityLogo.jpgWelcome to the web site for the City of Syracuse Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Participation Program. The Department of Neighborhood and Business Development is responsible for administering the program which is committed to providing increased opportunities for City of Syracuse certified businesses and is designed to:

    • Develop and implement techniques, material and procedures that monitor contracting activities and insure overall compliance with the local, state and federal laws governing MWBE and DBE compliance.

    • Provide ongoing information and technical assistance to Minority and Women-owned businesses to assist in their growth and success.

    • Provide information, forms and technical assistance related to the City of Syracuse MWBE certification process and provide an updated inventory of certified businesses for public use.

    Please use this webpage in addition to the City of Syracuse Purchase Department’s links providing information related to conducting business with the City of Syracuse and RFP and bid information.

    For questions relating to the Program, please check our FAQ page or, contact us at

    We welcome your comments related to this website at

    Thank you,
    Lamont Mitchell
    Director of Minority Affairs

    & MWBE Compliance Officer

  • Certification Process

    A minority or women owned business as defined under the Ordinance must complete and submit a notarized certification application which identifies the owners of the company, their ethnic backgrounds, ownership interests, financial status and the individual(s) who manage the daily operations of the company.

    The application can be obtained either in person, via the City of Syracuse website, email or postal service. Once the application is received with the required documentation it is reviewed and the information is verified. The company will be contacted to submit any missing information or clarify discrepancies in information provided. Upon satisfactory completion of the application review process an onsite meeting is scheduled and conducted to further review the application and verify business operations and staffing in Onondaga County.

    If during the application review and/or on-site interview process it is determined that barriers exist to the minority or woman owner's right to exercise daily managerial control, the firm will not be certified until the barriers are removed, and sufficient documentation is submitted for verification.

    Click here for an application.
    The Small Business Administration Personal Finance Statement is available by clicking here.

    Compliance Requirements

    Click here for fillable compliance documents


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