Minority & Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE)

The Research Foundation for SUNY is committed in promoting the growth and development of Minority and Women-owned Businesses in New York State.  RF campuses are encouraged to make purchases using certified M/WBE where feasible and in the best interest of the institution.


Purchasing offices should make good faith efforts to include meaningful participation with M/WBE when soliciting bids/proposals.  In addition, purchases up to $200,000 from a certified small, minority or women-owned businesses do not require three written quotes, but do require reasonableness of price.

The Research Foundation for SUNY is also a member of the Educational & Institutional Cooperative Purchasing Consortium (E&I).  The E&I program has a listing of M/WBE suppliers where Purchasing staff can obtain certified suppliers.  Please visit the E&I Consortium page for additional information.

If you need help in obtaining a M/WBE, please visit the NYS Empire Development MWBE directory to search for a specific vendor, product or service.


Commodities and Services Commonly Utilized by M/WBE Vendors


Asbestos/Lead Removal

Landscape Architecture

Asbestos project monitoring

Air Quality assessment


Medical Equipment & Supplies


Office Furniture & Supplies

Cleaning Supplies & Services (Industrial)

Printing & Business Forms

Computer Supplies Furniture/Bathroom

Promotional Products

Document Imaging


Doors Alarms, Security

Stage Sound & Lighting






Windows & Coverings

For additional information, please visit our FAQ page

For questions regarding M/WBE, please contact Megan Moran.