New York State’s annual business event for minority- and women-owned business enterprises will be held next month in Albany.

The sixth annual MWBE Forum will be held Oct. 5 and 6 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. The forum assists small businesses with navigating the state’s contract opportunities, including transportation, construction and information technology, as well as financial and professional services.

Attendees will have access to workshops, presentations and networking opportunities. They will also learn about the new MWBE Mentor-Protege program and have the opportunity for one-on-one meetings with business leaders and state officials.

In 2014, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo set a goal to provide 30 percent of state contract dollars to minority- and women-owned enterprises.

“Minority- and women-owned businesses are the backbone of a strong and diverse workforce, and this administration led the nation in eliminating the barriers that have limited their participation in the public and private sectors,” Cuomo said in a statement announcing the forum.

More than 2,000 businesses, entrepreneurs, and government officials attended the event last year.

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Early registration fee is $95 for MWBE small businesses and $175 for nonprofits. The early registration deadline is Sept. 23. Before Oct. 3, the fee for small business is $115 and $185 for nonprofits. For more information, visit