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AMENY's Achievements & SuccessMission Statement

The Association of Minority Enterprises of New York, Inc. (AMENY) is a minority and women business enterprise (MWBE) non-for profit trade organization dedicated to the development and enhancement of its constituents, and the economic viability of disadvantage communities.

The association provides training and technical assistance to its constituents and establishes community support for the MWBE community. AMENY sponsors trade missions, procurement conferences and MWBE certification forums to strengthen the economic capacity of minority business community. Our mission is also to establish a working relationship with private and the public sectors to foster procurement, employment opportunities and timely economic data.

History of AMENY

The Association of Minority Enterprises of New York, Inc. (AMENY) was established over 27 years ago, as a non-profit organization to provide technical assistance training and to increase the opportunities for minority and women owned businesses.

In its early years, AMENY demonstrated its effectiveness as an advocate for New York City minority and women owned businesses by promoting favorable affirmative action and procurement set-aside legislation for minority contractors.

The AMENY membership is composed of manufacturing, construction, transportation and service companies. Although our primary focus has been New York City , we promote MWBES statewide. Our major goals are to provide leadership and to help the membership become a more competitive and established viable business, so that they may receive parity in the market place.

AMENY’s technical assistance programs help in obtaining information and access to city, state and federal programs available to MWBES. AMENY informs the MWBE community about new regulations governing procurement contracting and small business set-asides.

AMENY has assisted over 4000 minority businesses statewide since its inception. These businesses have received a number of contracts. AMENY has been successful in matching minority suppliers with prime contractors in the private industry.

AMENY’s access to the target population has been well established over the years and interfaces with several government agencies and major corporations. Because of its access to these various agencies AMENY helps implement yearly activities that benefits MWBE businesses. AMENY is well rooted in the community and our established linkages with other agencies provide a supportive environment to the MWBE community.

AMENY Staff & Board Members
James Heyliger
Lloyd Douglas
1st Vice President
Jimmy Walker
2nd Vice President
Damon Kinebrew
Elizabeth Velez
Board Member
Tyhe Barfield
Administrative Assistant
Fred Brown
Board Member
Mayor James Gardner
Board Member
Joseph Argrette
Board Member
Earl Galbreath
Board Member
Chris Black
Board Member



  • NYC Minority Business Leadership Council
  • NYC Mayor's Small Business Advisory Council
  • NYS Stakeholders Council Dormitory Authority
  • NYS School Construction Authority Advisory Board
  • Queens County Community Board 12

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

  • United States Department of Commerce M/WBE
  • United States Small Business Administration
  • Medgar Evers College


James Heyliger II:

  • Outstanding contributions to the White House Conference on Small
  • Summit Award - Harlem Business Alliance


  • Advocate of the year – N.Y.C. Public Advocate
  • Construction Project of the year advocate – N.Y. Construction News 2001 (air train).
  • Best construction of the year – Jamaica Air Train Terminal.
  • Minority Business Leadership – Jamaica Business Resource Center.
  • Advocate of the year – U.S. Department of Commerce MBDA Division.
  • Outstanding Leadership and Commitment to excellence – N.Y.S. Conference of Black Senators
  • Outstanding MWBE Leadership- N.Y.C. School Construction Authority.


  • Outstanding Service to Minority and Women Business – Senator Malcolm A.
    Smith, N.Y.S. Senate.
  • The City Council of N.Y. Outstanding Service to Entrepreneurs- Speaker Peter Valone of N.Y. City Council.
  • Distinguish Leadership in Small Business- City of N.Y. Office of the Comptroller William B. Thompson.

AMENY Prayer

Most merciful heavenly Father, we come before your presence to say thank you, thank you. Lord we thank you for another day, we thank you for all your many blessings that you have bestowed upon us. Tonight Lord, we come before you as a organization named AMENY to ask that you bless us in a mighty way, that you would touch every mind, every heart, and every soul in this room. Lord teach us how to do business with one another, teach us how to do the right thing, teach us how to respect one another, and above all, Lord teach us how to love one another as you love us. We give you all the honor and glory, we magnify your holy name, Lord we love you. We ask all these things in the precious, mighty name of Jesus, AMEN.

By: Jimmy Walker

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