The New York State Chief Information Officer/Office for Technology (CIO/OFT), in collaboration with the Empire State Development Corporation's Division of Minority and Women Owned Business Development (DMWBD), on January 5, 2009, hosted a roundtable discussion with major IT vendors of New York State and state agency CIOs to share successes, strategies, future opportunities and challenges to meet minority and woman owned business enterprise (MWBE) goals for the technology sector.
As one of the largest buyers of IT products and services in
Since the first MWBE Technology Jumpstart Event held in June 2008, CIO/OFT received commitment from twenty-one of
During her opening remarks, Dr. Melodie Mayberry-Stewart, New York State CIO and director of the Office for Technology stressed the importance of collectively working together to ensure MWBE priorities are met this year and beyond.
"We are extremely encouraged by the support of the businesses who attended today's roundtable discussion. The commitment these 21 corporations made to raise the level of woman and minority owned business participation to 20 percent by 2010 is a significant catalyst to promote supplier diversity throughout
"Small businesses create the majority of new jobs. During these challenging economic times, we must look at new ways to create new opportunities. Partnering with small, woman and minority owned businesses will allow us to further stimulate economic development and provide long-term prosperity for the citizens of
During the meeting, participants focused on strategies to address barriers to meet MWBE goals and made recommendations on ways to increase MWBE utilization rates.