Call for Presenters

The NYS Forum is soliciting panelists to be considered for the event titled: IT Procurement - Enhancing MWBE and SDVOB Participation.

Submission due date: May 15, 2019
Session Date: June 13, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM registration, event schedule 1:30 PM to 3:30PM
Location: The NYS Forum - 24 Aviation Road, Suite 206, Albany, NY 12205

IMPORTANT: Please read the information below thoroughly for details regarding how to submit your presenter information, what to present, important dates and rules of engagement.

Session Description

The objective of this event is to share best practices and to brainstorm new ideas to enhance the success of utilizing MWBE and SDVOB firms in NY State contracts.

The session will be held at the NYS Forum location in Albany, and will also be available as a Webcast.

We are seeking individuals to represent ITCR member firms on a panel discussion. Our goal is to include two individuals, one from a MWBE or SDVOB firm, and one from a large non-certified firm that has utilized MWBE and/or SDVOB subcontractors in delivering on contracts with NY State public sector entities. We have planned presentations by public sector representatives, to be followed by the panel discussion that will include a question and answer (Q&A) component. The panel will be comprised of individuals representing both the NYS public sector and private sector firms doing business with the NYS public sector.

In proposing a candidate for the panel discussion, please provide biographical information on the individual and an explanation of why this individual would have a valuable perspective to provide in a panel discussion on the topic of improving the utilization of MWBE and/or SDVOB

The session is open to all NYS Forum members, and it would be of particular interest to anyone involved in RFP development or procurement of goods and services.

All presentations must be vendor neutral. Presentation content will be vetted by members of The NYS Forum Work Group hosting this event. Feedback and recommendations regarding final presentation material will be provided by this group.


Presentation Guidelines - Rules of Engagement

  • Presentation must be made using The NYS Forum's Power Point template.
  • Presenter corporate logo and contact information should appear on the first and last Power Point slides only. Corporate logo must not appear on each individual slide.
  • The presenter must discuss the topic at an expert level, and direct the presentation toward the specific targeted audience identified.
  • The presentation portion may be limited to 45 minutes for all presenters.


  • 5/10/2019 - Call for presenters distributed to vending community.
  • 5/15/2019 - Deadline for proposals from ITCR Members
  • 5/22/2019 - Selection/notification of presenters PLEASE NOTE: All Power Point presentations MUST be made on The NYS Forum Power Point template which will be provided by the workgroup member coordinating this event.
  • 6/13/2019 - Event date

Additional event information:

The State of New York has established Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) goals for use when procuring state agency goods and services. These goals reflect the State's objective to obtain a "fair share" of its needs from small, minority and women-owned businesses and to comply with Executive Law Article 15-A, Economic Development Law Article 4A and the rules and regulations that govern the state program.

Governor Cuomo has made increased MWBE utilization a priority for his administration, and has set an ambitious overall goal to increase MWBE participation in State contracting to 30%.

In addition, the Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act also establishes a six percent goal for participation in state contracts by service disabled veteran-owned businesses (SDVOB). SDVOB firms must be certified by the Office of General Services in order to receive credit in the procurement process.

Why: While increasing the diversity of the Stateā??s procurement of goods and services is a laudatory goal, achieving the targeted participation of MWBE's and SDVOB's in New York State's IT contracts is sometimes challenging. Despite the New York State Department of Economic Development's push to certify bona fide MWBE firms, the process can be challenging and quite time consuming. And while state agencies work diligently to meet their MWBE compliance goals, it is sometimes difficult to match MWBE firms to the needs of state agencies' IT goals. Additionally, there are often challenges in identifying SDVOB firms to participate in New York State's IT contracts.

New York State and the Governor's Office has sponsored a number of seminars aimed at encouraging MWBEs and SDVOBs to participate in State agency contracting and there have been sessions aimed at matching IT firms with potential MWBE and SDVOB subcontractors. This session will be unique since our goal will be to focus on how to draft RFP's, RFQ's and IT specifications to develop opportunities and ultimately contracts aimed at increasing MWBE and SDVOB participation.