Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises

The New York City Department of Education (DOE) has contracts with vendors to purchase the goods and services necessary to ensure that students receive the quality education they deserve. The agency strives to give all businesses, including Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs), an equal opportunity to compete for DOE procurements.

The agency casts a wide net in search of talented vendors, seeking qualified suppliers from all segments of the community. The DOE’s mission is to provide equal access to procurement opportunities for all qualified vendors including MWBEs. The DOE works to enhance the ability of MWBEs to compete for contracts and DOE is committed to ensuring that MWBEs fully participate in the procurement process.

The objectives of this webpage are to:

  • Enhance the ability of MWBEs to compete for contracts and ensure their meaningful participation in our procurement process;
  • Ensure that MWBEs are informed about the purchasing process and procurement opportunities with the DOE; and
  • Provide educational assistance to MWBE suppliers on the methods of doing business with the DOE.

Information for Vendors:


DOE MWBE Events: Find out about upcoming seminars, such as How to Do Business with the DOE, as well as vendor fairs that DOE will be attending.


How to Get Started: Vendors can find information about signing up for solicitations, becoming certified by Small Business Services (SBS), and any other basic information new vendors would need to know.


Vendor Portal:  View current DOE solicitations and receive notification of new solicitations as they become available. You can also view  solicitation requirements and download all necessary documents.

Vendor Hotline:  A single point of contact for vendors and prospective vendors to communicate questions, concerns, and needs. Call 718-935-2300 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. to speak with a representative.


Key Definitions: Definitions for commonly used terms in the DOE procurement process.


FAQ’s:  Find answers to common questions about MWBEs.   


Important Links: All the links you need in one place.

  DOE MWBE Diversity Council : Learn about DOE’s MWBE Diversity Council, which was established in 2012 to further DOE’s commitment to equal opportunity for all vendors.