The State of New York believes that increasing the utilization of Minority, Women and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE/SDVOB'S) is an important element of the States' and SUNYs' contribution to the growth of our economy and community.
Executive Law, Article 15-A establishes State-wide Minority and Women Owned Business enterprise utilization goals and imposes sanctions on agencies that substantially fail to meet their goals. The SUNY goal is a total of 30% of qualifying purchases: The distribution of the spend between Minority and Women owned businesses is determined by a state approved goal setting process. Each contract will have specific goals assigned.
Executive Law, Article 17-B establishes State-wide Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business enterprise utilization goals and imposes sanctions on agencies that substantially fail to meet their goals. The SUNY goal is 6% of qualifying purchases.
It is the policy of SUNY Cortland to take affirmative action to ensure that Minority, Women and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses, certified by New York State, are given the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to provide the college with goods and services at competitive prices.
There are links for MWBE and SDVOB directories, where you can search by vendor, product or more specific criteria like market area or service type. Their mission is to promote equality of economic opportunities for certified vendors and to eliminate barriers to their participation in state contracts.
When an MWBE or SDVOB vendor submits a quote and the quote is estimated high, to demonstrate Good Faith Effort, the campus should engage in direct negotiation with the vendor in an effort to reach a competitive price. This step to display a good faith effort is not applicable to those cases where an MWBE or SDVOB quote is rejected in favor of another MWBE or SDVOB or when there is a sealed bid. This practice should allow for a second chance when pricing is close and should not become a back and forth. SUNY Cortland will allow one chance to make a more competitive offer.
The Purchasing Office is here to help. Please contact Kristi Hughston at 607-753-2582 with any questions.