Supplier Partnerships

diverse employees

We are committed to doing business with women-owned, minority-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned, HUBZone, veteran-owned, and disadvantaged businesses in the communities where we provide service because:

It's just good business:

  • We expand our competitive and qualified supplier base for goods and services.
  • The increase in supplier base leads to improved supplier performance, competitive pricing and increased innovation and creativity.

It's the right thing to do:

  • Support continued economic growth in the communities where we provide service.
  • Create customer loyalty through investment in our communities.
  • Reinforce with our shareholders, customers and employees the company's commitment to value different ethnic and gender backgrounds.

 

Partners

We actively partner with government agencies, minority business groups and advocacy organizations to develop sourcing opportunities for diverse suppliers, including:

Other local Chambers and advocacy groups


 

Definitions

Minority-Owned Business1,2

Defined as a business that is owned, managed and controlled 51% or more by one or more African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans, and Asian-Indian Americans.

Women-Owned Business1,3

Defined as a business that is owned, managed and controlled 51% or more by one or more women.


Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business1

Defined as a business that is owned, managed and controlled 51 percent or more by one or more individuals with a service-connected disability.

Veteran-Owned Business1

Defined as a business that is owned, managed and controlled 51 percent or more by one or more veterans.


Small Business1,4

The Small Business Administration defines a small business concern as one that is independently owned and operated, is organized for profit, and is not dominant in its field. Depending on the industry, size standard eligibility is based on the average number of employees for the preceding twelve months or on sales volume averaged over a three-year period.

Small Disadvantaged Business1

Defined as a business that is owned, managed and controlled 51 percent or more by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged.




HUBZone Business1,4

Defined as a business operating in a historically underutilized business zone where a minimum percentage of employees live within the HUBZone.

Footnotes

  1. A Supplier Self-Certification Form is required.
  2. Certification provided by Minority Supplier Development Councils or by a State or Local Department of Minority Business Enterprise is preferred but not required.
  3. Certification provided by Women’s Business Enterprise National Council or by State or Local Department of Minority Business Enterprise is preferred but not required.
  4. Certification provided by the Small Business Administration is also required.