Diverse Supplier Qualifications

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)

A Minority Business Enterprise, commonly referred to as an MBE, is an independent business concern owned at least 51% by minority (Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American) individuals who are U.S. citizens. In the case of a publicly-owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals i.e. the management and daily operations are controlled by those minority group members.

For more information about MBE certification, visit the National Minority Supplier Development Council’s website at www.nmsdc.org. For Canadian MBEs, visit the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council‘s website at www.camsc.ca.

Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE)

A Women's Business Enterprise, commonly referred to as a WBE, is an independent business concern that is at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more women who are U.S. citizens or Legal Resident Aliens; whose business formation and principal place of business are in the U.S. or its territories; and whose management and daily operation is controlled by a woman with industry expertise.

For more information about WBE certification, visit the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s website at www.wbenc.org. For WBEs based outside the U.S, visit WEConnect International’s website at www.weconnectinternational.org.

Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE)

A Veteran Business Enterprise, commonly referred to as a VBE, is an independent business concern that is at least 51% owned and controlled by a veteran (having served in the active military, naval or air service and was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable).

For more information about VBE certification, visit the National Veteran Business Development Council’s website at www.nvbdc.org or the Center for Veterans Enterprises at www.va.gov/osdbu. Additional information for veteran owned businesses is available at www.sba.gov/vets and www.sba.gov/reservists.

Small Business Enterprise (SBE)

Refer to the Small Business Administration's, "What is a Small Business" website at www.sba.gov/size/ for help in determining what constitutes a small business concern. If you are considered a small, disadvantaged, woman owned, veteran, service-disabled veteran or HUB Zone business and are not registered with the SBA Pro-Net database, please visit the SBA Central Contractor Registration (CCR) site at www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/#1 to self-register. Registration is requested in order for us to identify your company within our subcontracting database and to be certified by the SBA criteria.