Who Qualifies

Information on who qualifies for the Supplier Diversity Program.

  • Minority Business Enterprise (MBE): A for-profit enterprise presently located in the U.S. or its trust territories that is at least 51 percent owned and operated by a U.S. citizen(s) who is a member of one of the following groups: 
    • African American: Black racial groups of Africa 
    • Hispanic American: Spanish or Portuguese speaking areas of Latin American or the following regions: Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean basin 
    • Native American: American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut and Native Hawaiian. Individuals must be regarded as such by the community of which the person claims to be a part. Native Americans must be documented members of a North American tribe, band or otherwise organized group of native people who are indigenous to the continental United States or who otherwise have a special relationship with the United States or a state through treaty, agreement or some other form of recognition 
    • Asian Pacific: Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific or the Northern Marianas 
    • Asian Indian: India, Pakistan and Bangladesh
    • Alaskan Native: indigenous to Alaska
  • Woman Business Enterprise (WBE): A for-profit enterprise presently located in the U.S. or its trust territories that is at least 51 percent owned, controlled, and operated by a woman or women of U.S. citizenship. Individual(s) must be involved in the day-to-day management of the business. (Companies can self-certify.)
  • Veteran-Owned Business: A for-profit enterprise presently located in the U.S. or its trust territories that is at least 51% owned, controlled, operated and managed by one or more veterans of U.S. citizenship. (Companies can self-certify.)
  • Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE): A for-profit enterprise presently located in the U.S. or its trust territories that is at least 51 percent owned by an individual(s) who has/have performed active service in one of the U.S. armed services and has/have a disability. Individual(s) must be involved in the day-to-day management of the business. 
  • Service Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SDVBE): A for-profit enterprise presently located in the U.S. or its trust territories that is at least 51 percent owned by an individual(s) who has/have performed active service in one of the U.S. armed services and has/have a service-connected disability. Individual(s) must be involved in the day-to-day management of the business. 
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT): A for-profit enterprise presently located in the U.S. or its trust territories that is at least 51 percent owned, controlled, operated and managed by a LGBT individual(s) of U.S. citizenship. 
  • Historically Black Colleges/Universities & Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI): Historically Black and minority colleges and universities that are recognized by the government as legitimate set-aside business opportunities. 
  • Small Business: Not dominant in the field of operation in which it is bidding; independently owned and operated; organized for profit; located in the U.S.; operated primarily within the United States or making a significant contribution to the U.S. economy through payment of taxes or use of American products, materials or labor; qualifies as a small business under criteria and size standards in 13 CFT Part 121.1 Seq. (Companies must be certified by System for Award Management (SAM).)
  • Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB): A for-profit enterprise presently located in the U.S. or its trust territories that is at least 51 percent owned, controlled, operated and managed by a socially and economically disadvantaged individual(s) who must have a net worth of less than $750,000, excluding the equity of the business and primary residence and must meet applicable size standards for small businesses in their industry. (Companies must be certified by the Small Business Administration.)
  • HUB Zone Small Business Concern (HUB Zone): A small business, located in a HUB Zone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone), owned and controlled by one or more U.S. citizens, with at least 35 percent of its employees residing in a HUB Zone. 
  • Small 8(a) Business: A small business unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged citizens of the United States, and demonstrates potential for success. (Companies can self-certify.)