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

The seventh annual statewide MWBE Forum will take place Oct. 4 and 5 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.

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This year’s theme for the event is Engage-Empower-Elevate. Attendees will have access to workshops, presentations, decision makers and networking opportunities.

In 2014, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo set a goal to provide 30 percent of state contract dollars to minority- and women-owned enterprises. The MWBE program is designed to increase economic opportunity, boost job creation, and fuel innovation.

The early registration fee is $95 for MWBE small businesses and $175 for nonprofits. The early registration deadline is Sept. 22. Then until Oct. 2, the fee for small business will be $115 and $185 for nonprofits. Online registration will close on Oct. 2 at midnight.

On-site registration is $125 for small business and $195 for nonprofits.

For more information, call 1-855-646-2700, email or visit