M/WBE Certification Program

Queens Economic Development Corporation is proud to be a member of the M/WBE Leadership Association, a group of business service organizations helping the New York City Department of Small Business Services promote and foster the growth of local minority and women-owned businesses through certification and capacity-building services.

  • Does your firm sell goods or services that the government buys?
  • Interested in getting certified as a Minority or Women-owned Business Enterprise? (M/WBE)?
  • Want to learn how to compete in the government marketplace?

We can help. As a select member of the New York City Council-supported M/WBE Leadership Association, The Queens Economic Development Corporation has the tools, knowledge, and experience to get you started. Call us today at 718-263-0546 or email Ricardi Calixte at rc@queensny.org.

QEDC will be offering MWBE certification workshops in Queens and Nassau Counties. Additionally, we offer FREE one-on-one technical assistance with completing and submitting the MWBE application.

Orientation sessions are offered once a month. Visit our Events Calendar to find out more about our upcoming M/WBE events.
To learn more about NYC Certification visit www.nyc.gov/getcertified.

The mission of the Queens Economic Development Corporation is to help small businesses.  In view of the Coronavirus, we are taking the following steps:

  • Reboot & Restart is our webinar series commencing May 26.  These  free webinars with experts who will provide advice as businesses prepare to reopen. Selected videos are available to view in our video library.
  • The Resource Guide details programs that  assist small businesses.  These include loans, grants and other aid available through Federal, State, City, and Private agencies. The Resource Guide can be accessed here. It is updated as we receive new information.
  • Assistance in filling out applications and all other client services can be done remotely. To request an appointment, email info@queensny.org and you will be contacted within 24 hours.  Please know our office in Kew Gardens is closed.
  • The Entrepreneur Space Commercial Kitchen Incubator is fully operational and staff is taking additional steps to ensure that it is a safe environment for our clients. For more information, please call 718 392-0025.
  • The Queens Tourism Council is working with our cultural, recreational, restaurant and sporting communities to support them as best we can.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.  Be careful, help those who are vulnerable, wear your mask and wash your hands.


Fuel the Front Lines is an initiative of Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee, Queens Night Market and the QEDC to help to meet the needs of front line healthcare workers, other emergency responders, and Queens communities in need through partnerships with local independent restaurants and food businesses. We will fill the urgent need for nourishment while at the same time providing a lifeline to the small businesses that define our neighborhoods. Make your tax-deductible contribution and help us deliver good food made with love by workers in Queens, for people in Queens.