Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Minority Business Directories

There are several sources useful when searching for minority or women owned businesses in an area of sector. Here are a few I have used:

Empire State Development

Minority & Women Owned Businesses Searchable Database
This database can searched by:

  • Economic Development Regions
  • Business Market Areas
  • Certification Types
  • Gross Sales
  • Product/Services Type
  • Federal ID number

8(a) Sources

"The comprehensive source for current information on federally-certified minority and woman-owned businesses."

Business Research Services, publishers of business directories and electronic directory products, offer this online service, searchable by company name, industry and location.

They also publish the Set-Aside Alert, a newsletter for small, minority, and woman-owned business issues and contracting news. BRS also create custom-generated electronic directories for a fee.

The MWBE Directory:

The Source for locating minority and women owned businesses.

This is their own description of what they can offer:
“The MWBE directory is a comprehensive on-line directory of Minority and Women owned business enterprises. The MWBE directory provides a platform for corporations to promote their dedication to diversity while providing an information portal to access vital, timely information about Minority and Women owned business enterprises nationwide. The MWBE directory is not an on-line bid service; it is a searchable database of the most up to date information on Minority and Women business enterprises.
In order to promote true equality without prejudice or bias we needed to offer a product that allows all of our customers the opportunity to promote their services regardless of company size or financial strength, therefore all advertisements whether Corporate or Enterprise are of equal size and shape. Our directory will remain a "work in progress" as we are tasked with creating, editing and updating to ensure the most accurate information available.”

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