Supplier Diversity: Qualifications


To qualify for the Supplier Diversity program, a business must be at least 51 percent owned, controlled and operated by one or more of the following:

  • African-Americans
  • Native Americans
  • Women
  • Asian-Americans
  • Hispanic-Americans
  • LGBT
  • Veterans
  • Service Disabled Veterans

Validation of the firm's minority-owned or women-owned status by a third party agency or council is required. Certification from qualified agencies, examples of which are listed below, are acceptable.

  • Small Business Administration
  • Affiliates of the National Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Affiliates of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council
  • National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
  • Other city, state and national agencies


 

A minority-owned small business is at least 51 percent unconditionally owned by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged. A minority-owned small business could also be a publicly owned business that has at least 51 percent of its stock unconditionally owned by one or more historically underutilized (socially and economically disadvantaged) individuals and has its management and daily business controlled by one or more such individuals. This same definition applies to economically disadvantaged Indian tribe(s), Native Hawaiian organization(s) or publicly owned businesses that have at least 51 percent of stock unconditionally owned by one of these entities. These businesses must have management and daily business controlled by members of a historically underutilized (economically disadvantaged) Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization, and meets the regulations of the Small Business Administration.

Individuals who are African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans, and Subcontinent-Asian Americans are considered historically underutilized (socially and economically disadvantaged) by the Small Business Administration:

  • African-Americans are U.S. citizens whose origins are in the Negroid race
  • Hispanic-Americans are U.S. citizens whose origins are in South American, Central America, Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, or the Iberian Peninsula, including Portugal
  • Native Americans are American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts, and Native Hawaiians
  • Asian-Pacific Americans are U.S. citizens whose origins are in Japan, China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Korea, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (Republic of Palau), the Northern Mariana Islands, Laus, Kampuchea (Cambodia), Taiwan, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Federated States of Micronesia
  • Subcontinent Asian-Americans are U.S. citizens whose origins are in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, or Nepal


 

A women-owned business is one that is at least 51 percent owned by a woman or women who also control and operate the business.



 

A small business that is at least 51 percent owned by individual(s) who have a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person's major life activities. Individual(s) must be involved in the day-to-day management of the business.



 

A small disabled veteran-owned business is one that is at least 51 percent owned by individual(s) who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of such person's major life activities. The physical or mental impairment must have been sustained during active service in one of the United States armed services. Individual(s) must be involved in the day-to-day management of the business.