Article 15-A of the New York State Executive Law was signed on July, 19, 1988. Under this statute, State Agencies are charged with establishing employment and business participation goals for minorities and women. These laws were enacted to promote equality of economic opportunity for minority group members and women and to eradicate barriers that have unreasonably impeded access by M/WBEs to State contracting activities.
Article 17-B of the Executive Law, enacted in 2014, provides for more meaningful participation in public procurement by Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDVOBs), thereby further integrating such businesses into New York State’s economy. One tool authorized by the law is the use of set asides. Set asides permit the reservation in whole or in part of certain procurements by State agencies for SDVOBs. The process for managing set asides are the subject of these guidelines from the Commissioner of General Services.
As we know, a diverse business community strengthens the economy and is beneficial to the residents and businesses of our city. The implementation of the Office of Minority & Women Business Compliance (OMBC) at ECMC will actively ensure minority business enterprises and service disabled veterans have a fair share to participate in business opportunities & procurement in construction, goods and professional services at ECMC.
Erie County Medical Center pledges through their M/WBE/SDVOB Program to:
Our policies and practices are not intended in any manner to require contracts be awarded to anyone other than the lowest responsive responsible bidder and are not to supersede the requirement of any federal or state law or rules, regulations and policies adopted pursuant thereto.
The M/WBE program is designed to assist minority- and women-owned business enterprises in providing goods and services to the hospital. In addition, the program provides workshops and seminars for minority- and women-owned businesses, and assistance with the resolution of problems and complaints relating to the M/WBE process. You do not have to be a certified minority company to do business with the Erie County Medical Center but the certification will improve your chances to participate on various contracts and provide you as the Contractor and ECMC the opportunity to report your utilization to NYS. If you wish to receive information on events and bid opportunities, please click here.
Sarina M. Rohloff
Director of Procurement Compliance