Minority and women owned business enterprise

Join us for this information session on Friday, March 8th from 1-3:30pm!


Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Information Session

  • Friday, March 8, 2024, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Women and minority business owners are invited to a free information session on New York State’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) certification program, to be held on Friday, March 8th, 2024 from 1:00-3:30 pm at the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center, 25 South Street, Auburn, NY 13021. The event is presented through a collaboration of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Harvest NY program, Cornell Cooperative Extension Cayuga County, and Taste NY, a program of the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets.

Topics to be covered will include the process for how businesses can become certified New York State MWBE contractors; developing value-added products with the Cornell Food Venture Center; and doing business with Taste NY.A panel discussion will include Precious M. Tshabalala, Food Systems Specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Harvest NY, who will provide an overview of the MWBE program and answer questions about how MWBE businesses can benefit from certification; Ebony Hattoh, a certified MWBE from New York New Energy, who will share a MWBE success story; Vicki Giarratano, Assistant Director for Food Systems & Innovation at Cornell Cooperative Extension, who will discuss TasteNY and how to sell value added products to them; and a representative from Cornell’s Food Venture Center in Geneva on how CFVC helps food businesses introduce new food products into the marketplace.

The event is free to attend, but registration is required to ensure adequate numbers of handouts for attendees. Refreshments and light snacks will be served. Register online at https://bit.ly/MWBE-3-8-24 or the link below. With questions or for directions, please contact Heather Ward, Manager, Taste NY Market at the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center, at hab27@cornell.edu or 607-229-3650.



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Heather Ward
Manager, Taste NY Market at the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center
(607) 229-3650


NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center & Auburn NY Visitor Center
25 South Street
Auburn, New York 13021

Last updated February 20, 2024