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Increase Revenue through Marketing to the Government – Create Bold Marketing Materials





NYC spends billions of dollars on good and services annually creating great opportunities for small businesses.  Most recently, NYC has increased the discretionary purchasing threshold from $20,000 to $150,000 and they buy everything from office supplies, graphic design, consulting services, video, and so much more.  If you are looking for ways to increase revenue, it’s now more important than ever to have an effective strategy for marketing to the government. To market your business to the government,…




MWBE Business Course: Deadline December 11





Benjamin Franklin said: "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." At a certain point in the life cycle of a business, an investment in a business course, or coach, or combination of both will aid in growing your business. These professional coaches or programs are often pricey—you get what you pay for!—and no surprise, this may be a difficult expense to incur; especially for a sole proprietors. With so many workshops, webinars, conferences, programs, and businesses…




How to Network with Government Agencies and Buyers





In the next few weeks, there are several MWBE networking events taking place throughout New York City. To the novice networker, these may seem like business as usual meet-and-greet exchanges. To a business savvy networker, these events present huge opportunities to connect with government buyers! Some gatherings are large, such as the annual NYS MWBE Forum; other networking events are smaller with opportunities for one-on-one discussions with C-level executives and government officials. As business owners, our time…




New York City Spends $1 Billion with MWBE Firms





It’s a good (and lucrative) time to be a minority-owned or women-owned business in New York City. Recent reports indicate the City has spent $1 Billion with MWBE firms, a $400 Million increase in just two years. The bigger picture indicates there is a tremendous opportunity for MWBE firms looking to sell their services or goods to the City in the future, for years to come. This is validated by Mayor de Blasio’s commitment to award $16…




MWBEs: Don’t Forget to Do Business with Small Business





National Independent Retailer Week is happening now, July 17-23. This observance was established by Clare Rayner, author and retail expert, as a way to weave communities with local retailers to accomplish one goal: keep money local. As a Minority Woman Business Enterprise (MWBE), I'll admit, it’s common to focus most of our attention on trying to do business with government. In the process though, it's easy to forget about the direct impact we can have on our…




How to Get Paid As a Subcontractor





It has been my experience that subcontracting can be an excellent way for MWBE firms to increase market share while gaining valuable experience and past performance that is often required to do business with government agencies and large corporations. That said, when I suggest subcontracting to my clients, I am often met with resistance and hesitation.   One of the most common reasons that small MWBE firms are reluctant to subcontract is because of concerns about getting paid.  …




I Attended the MWBE Forum in Albany – now what??





If you are like most small businesses owners, you came back from the MWBE Forum inspired, you met tons of people and you got a lot of leads. You are inspired about the 30% subcontracting goals, and you have every intention of following up. In fact, you may have already started making a few calls, scheduling appointments and sending out your capability statement. All of these are steps in the right direction, but I can tell you…




Should You Consider Sub-Contracting?





Well, the easy answer is of course! How else can you effectively take advantage of MWBE subcontracting goals on government contracts? So many of us are reluctant to subcontract because of either a bad experience we’ve had ourselves or rumors about the pitfalls of subcontracting. As a subcontractor on a number of projects, I’ll admit that I’ve had my share of bad experiences, however as I become more knowledgeable, I’ve implemented a strategy for subcontracting that mitigates…