Photo: New York State CIO and Director of the Office for Technology, Dr. Melodie Mayberry-Stewart

The New York State Chief Information Officer/Office for Technology (CIO/OFT) together with the Empire State Development's Division of Minority and Women Owned Business Development, NYC Mayor's Office of Contract Services, NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications and NYC Department of Small Business Services recently hosted the Technology Sector MWBE JumpStart event in Brooklyn, New York.

The goal of the Technology Sector Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) JumpStart event was to introduce and connect MWBE companies with the leading global IT companies and help them form strategic partnerships. The event provided opportunities for more than 400 minority and women-owned technology solution providers to network with 41 of the world's leading global technology companies serving New York State and New York City, which represent more than $800 billion in global sales, and 17 state and city agencies.

Attendees had the opportunity to learn how to become minority or woman-certified in the state of New York. Currently, there are approximately 300 state certified MWBE firms that specialize in the technology sector and approximately 7,000 MWBE firms certified across all business sectors.

"At a time when New York faces economic challenges not seen since the great depression, we must do all we can to stimulate economic growth in the communities we serve," said Governor David A. Paterson. "Minority and women-owned businesses are vital to New York State's economic health and events like this one are excellent opportunities for those businesses to foster new relationships that will help create jobs at a time when too many New Yorkers are out of work."

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