State Senator Betty Little was appointed to a newly-created team last week aimed at increasing minority- and women-owned business participation in state procurement and contracting.
The team was established through an executive order handed down by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday.
Little, a Republican, says lawmakers are currently seeing more of a focus on initiatives promoting economic development and job creation.
"I'm pleased to be part of this effort that specifically targets minority- and women-owned businesses to encourage entrepreneurship that is diverse and reflective of our overall population," she said.
Gov. Cuomo estimates that minority- and women-owned business participation in the state's contracting and procurement process is at just nine percent.
The governor hopes to increase that participation to at least 20 percent by removing obstacles and altering existing programs.
Cuomo's new team is comprised of state agency heads, lawmakers, and representatives from the private sector.
Last month, the state Senate approved legislation providing a tax credit incentive to businesses creating new jobs in New York. That bill, Little says, benefits all employers - regardless of where they are located.