Defining diversity
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A diverse supplier is defined as a U.S. citizen that owns a business certified as small, minority, woman-owned or veteran-owned.

The following terms apply to U.S.- or Puerto Rico-based businesses:

Small Business Enterprise (SBE)

Business that meets definition criteria according to standards set by the Small Business Administration
Preferred certifying organization: SAM

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)

A business that is at least 51% owned/operated/controlled by:

  • African American (ethnic origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa)
  • Hispanic American (ethnic origins in any of the Spanish-speaking areas of Latin America or the following regions: Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean basin only)
  • Asian-Pacific American (ethnic origins in Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific, or the Northern Mariana Islands)
  • Asian-Indian American (ethnic origins in India, Pakistan, or Bangladesh)
  • Native American (a person who is American Indian, Eskimo, Aleutian, or native Hawaiian, and regarded as such by the community of which she or he claims to be a part)

Preferred certifying organization: NMSDC

Woman Business Enterprise (WBE)

A business that is at least 51% owned/operated/controlled by a non-minority woman.
Preferred certifying organization: WBENC

Veteran-owned Business

A business that is at least 51% owned/operated/controlled by a United States veteran.
Preferred certifying organization: VetBiz