Welcome to our Acropedia(An acronym encyclopedia), your ultimate guide to understanding certifications and designations! Our mission is to provide you with comprehensive knowledge about various acronyms and their significance. Let's start with Article 15-A, which typically refers to a specific provision within government legislation or regulations related to the utilization and promotion of minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs).


Opportunities, Goals, and Support

Article 15-A sets forth guidelines and mandates aimed at promoting diversity and inclusion in public procurement and contracting processes. It focuses on increasing opportunities for MWBEs to participate in government contracts, establishing certification criteria, setting goals for MWBE participation, requiring good faith efforts by contractors and agencies, monitoring MWBE utilization, and providing outreach and technical assistance programs to support MWBEs.


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Local Business Enterprise
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Minority Business Enterprise
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Women Business Enterprise
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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
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Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business
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Additional Acronyms to Understand

DVBE : Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise
SBE : Small Business Enterprise
HUBZone : Historically Underutilized Business Zone
NAICS :North American Industry Classification System
SBA : Small Business Administration
COBID : Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity (Oregon)
CCR : Central Contractor Registration
SAM : System for Award Management
WBENC :Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
SDO : Small Disadvantaged Business
SCA : Small Contractor Administrator
NMSDC : National Minority Supplier Development Council
VBE :Veteran Business Enterprise
D/M/WBE : Disadvantaged/Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprise
NYS MWBE :New York State Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprise
EEO : Equal Employment Opportunity
FAR : Federal Acquisition Regulation