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Rockland Wants To Assist Minority And Female Owned Businesses

Rockland County’s purchasing division is hosting a free forum on Thursday to assist female and minority owned business with government contracting and networking.

Courtesy of Empire State Development
Courtesy of Empire State Development

The county's purchasing division is sponsoring the Minority and Woman Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Forum from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Rockland County Fire Training Center in Pomona for county firms certified as MWBE or DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) companies.

“Emerging Rockland County businesses will have the opportunity to learn about the County’s procurement process and connect with decision makers from County departments and authorities to help grow their business and increase competitiveness,” said County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef.

Representatives such as procurement officers from the Department of General Services’ Purchasing Division, Department of Public Transportation, Sheriff’s Department, District Attorney’s Office, Department of Health, Department of Social Services, Department of Mental Health and the Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority will meet with Rockland-based MWBE firms. To register firms should email their contact information and number of attendees to purchasing@co.rockland.ny.us or call 845-364-3820 for more information.

“The forum will assist MWBE firms to forge mutually beneficial relationships with County government professionals and learn about new projects in current and upcoming pipelines,” said County Purchasing Director Paul Brennan.

New York State enacted Article 15-A of the Executive Law to promote equal opportunity in contracting for all persons without discrimination for minority group members and women and business enterprises owned by them. The law was enacted to remove the barriers that have impaired access by minority and women-owned business enterprises to state contracting opportunities. Most state agencies are now including MWBE participation requirements in their grant contracts with the county.

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