Only 5 Percent of Minority, Women-Owned Businesses Get NYC Contracts

Minority businesses get less of the pie when it comes to billions in city contracts.


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black female business ownerA study released by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer found that only 5 percent of minority- and women-owned businesses get New York City contracts.

Eight years after the city passed a law to help minority businesses, only 25.5 percent of the 500 businesses Stringer’s office contacted said they had a contract with the city, which gives out billions of dollars a year. What is more alarming is that though only a small percentage of minority-owned businesses have won contracts with the city, data shows that the number of women- and minority-owned business certified to bid for city contracts has surged, despite not cashing in.

During last year’s budget, minority businesses received only 5 percent of the $10.5 billion budget the city spent on contracts.

Read more at NY Daily News.