MWL Business Initiatives

About MWL Business Initiatives

Columbia University has a long-standing commitment to working with minority-, women-, or locally-owned (MWL) business enterprises, whether by establishing purchasing relationships with vendors, entering into consulting agreements for services, or contracting for construction, renovation, or repair services.   

The University's local community includes the 13 zip codes in Harlem, Washington Heights, Inwood (10025, 10026, 10027, 10029, 10030, 10031, 10032, 10033, 10034, 10035, 10037, 10039, and 10040) and the four zip codes within the South Bronx (10451, 10454, 10455 and 10474).

The MWL initiative tracks sub-contracting and labor force participation on all capital projects undertaken by Columbia University. Current objectives are:

  • Contracting -- 35% Minority-, Women- and Locally-owned businesses participation for total construction, maintenance, and repair spend
  • Work force -- 40% Minority, Women, and Local participation

Qualified contractors who are interested in working with Columbia Univesity are encouraged to contact our Office of Construction Business Services and Communications at

Certifying Federal, State and City organizations that we accept MWL certifications from:

  • New York City Department of Small Business Services
  • New York Empire State Development Corporation
  • Port Authority of New York/New Jersey
  • Selected Certifying Agencies in other states as determined by Columbia University

 For more information, view our Minority-, Women-, and Local (MWL) Businesses and Jobs Initiative brochure.