The head of the state’s Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development will answer questions from local businesses on Monday in Melville.

Lourdes Zapata will discuss how minority- and women-owned businesses can compete for state contracts from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Long Island Association, 300 Broadhollow Rd., Melville.

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo set a goal in 2014 that 30 percent of state spending be with MWBE firms.

To register for the free event, contact LIA official Matthew Cohen at