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NYC Construction Ramp-Up Program

About the Program

More than 180,000 sidewalk corners in New York City need rehabilitation to comply with Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) in partnership with the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC), and the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT), has developed the NYC Construction Ramp-Up Program to prepare NYC-certified Minority- and/or Woman-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) to successfully compete for and perform Pedestrian Ramp Rehabilitation project work throughout the City of New York. This project work is intended to be a $5 billion program over the next 25 years.​

This training program will help M/WBE construction firms understand the requirements of the program, and to qualify for this project work and an upcoming M/WBE Pre-Qualified List (PQL). Firms must have the capacity to work on concrete curbs, sidewalk​s,​ and related flatwork.

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Program Benefits

The program offers specialized coaching on the requirements for DDC pedestrian ramp rehabilitation project solicitations, as welll as the related M/WBE PQL, and project work. Participating businessess will build capacity to qualify for this specific project work, and for City projects in general, and will increase their probability of being approved for a related M/WBE PQL, or being awarded a Pedestrian Ramp Rehabilitation contract.


Eligible applicants will:

  • Own (or co-own with decision-making authority) a construction or trade firm.
  • Be certified by the City of New York as an M/WBE, or have submitted a complete NYC M/WBE certification application prior to the cohort start date.
  • Be experienced in concrete or related trade work.
  • Have successfully completed concrete-related projects at a minimum per-project value of $100,000.
  • Have minimum annual revenues of $250,000.
  • Have commercial or government project experience.
  • Be able to commit to the 12+ week period of the program.
  • Provide a business plan, business profile, business growth plan​,​ or capabilities statement. You will be asked to submit at least one of these documents to SBS via email upon receipt of your application.

Accepted participants will be expected to attend all respective classes, one-on-one mentoring/counseling sessions, and additional technical assistance sessions over an anticipated 12-session/12-week period. Weekly class sessions will be held every Thursday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. A syllabus, including additional sessions conducted outside of class sessions, will be provided before or at the first class session.

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How to Apply

Program classes are a mix of in-person and virtual sessions.

Cohort 3 (Spring/Summer 2024) will start May 23, 2024, and applications are now being accepted.

Deadline to apply is Friday, May 3, 2024.

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