Date Established: 11/9/2011
Date Last Revised: 7/11/2018
Administration and Governance
Vice President for Finance and
The Supplier Diversity Program increases economic opportunities for small business, minority, women, disadvantaged, and service-disabled veteran-owned business enterprises. The Program aligns resources with initiatives to create a comprehensive, university-wide focus on economic opportunities for diversity suppliers.
The University at Buffalo (UB, university) is committed to offering a diverse business population the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to provide the university with commodities and services at competitive prices. Consistent with federal and state laws, the university actively seeks to develop relationships with, and provide procurement opportunities for Small Businesses (SB), Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprises (WBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE), and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDVOB). All employees involved in the procurement process are expected to encourage and maximize participation of such businesses in all university procurement activities, regardless of the funding source.
The Supplier Diversity Program provides small business, minority, women, disadvantaged, and service-disabled veteran-owned business enterprises with unimpeded ability to compete in the procurement process at UB. Program initiatives include:
Article 15-A of the New York State Executive Laws signed July 19, 1988, authorized the creation of an Office (now Division) of Minority and Women’s Business Development to promote employment and business opportunities on state contracts for minorities and women. Under this statute, state agencies are charged with establishing employment and business participation goals for minorities and women.
The Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act, signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on May 12, 2014, allows eligible veteran business owners to get certified as a New York State Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB). The goal of the Act is to encourage and support eligible SDVOBs to play a greater role in the state's economy by increasing their participation in New York State contracting opportunities.
The University at Buffalo actively supports these programs.
This policy applies to all vice presidential and decanal units.
A review process designed to ensure that a small business is actually owned, controlled, and operated by the applicants. Most certifications are granted for minority, women-owned, small disadvantaged, service-disabled veteran-owned, and underutilized businesses. Certification agencies implement the processes for government and private sector entities and ensure that only firms that meet the eligibility criteria of the individual programs are properly certified.
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
A for-profit small business that is at least 51% owned by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged or, in the case of a corporation, in which 51% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals. Management and daily business operations must be controlled by one or more of the socially and economically disadvantaged owners.
Small business, minority, women, disadvantaged, and veteran-owned business enterprises.
Economically Disadvantaged Individuals
Those socially disadvantaged individuals whose ability to compete in the free enterprise system has been impaired due to diminished capital and credit opportunities as compared to others in the same or similar line of business who are not socially disadvantaged.
Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE)
Under Article 15-A of the New York State Executive Law, an MBE is a business enterprise in which at least fifty-one percent (51%) is owned, operated, and controlled by citizens or permanent resident aliens who are meeting the following ethnic definitions:
Minority Group Member
An individual who is a U.S. citizen with at least one quarter of the following ethnicities: Asian-Indian, Asian-Pacific, Black, Hispanic, or Native American.
Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB)
An independent business that performs a commercially useful function and is at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans who have served in the active military and have been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.
Small Business (SB)
Size standards define the largest size a business can be to participate in government contracting programs and compete for contracts reserved for small businesses. Size standards vary by industry, and are generally based on the number of employees or the amount of annual receipts.
Socially Disadvantaged Individuals
Those who have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice or cultural bias because of their identity as a member of a group without regard to their individual qualities. The social disadvantage must stem from circumstances beyond their control.
Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE)
Under Article 15-A of the New York State Executive Law, a WBE is a business enterprise in which at least fifty-one percent (51%) is owned, operated, and controlled by citizens or permanent resident aliens who are women.
|July 2018|| |
Full review. Updated the policy to include:
• The requirements of the New York State Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act
• Responsibilities for Sponsored Projects Services