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Diverse Supplier Definitions

Alaska Native Corporation (ANC)

In accordance with the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, as amended (43 U.S.C. 1601, et seq.)

ANC:"Alaska Native Corporation (ANC)" means any Regional Corporation, Village Corporation, Urban Corporation, or Group Corporation organized under the laws of the State of Alaska in accordance with the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, and which is considered a minority and economically disadvantaged concern. This definition also includes ANC direct and indirect subsidiary corporations, joint ventures, and partnerships that meet the requirements of 43 U.S.C. 1626(e)(2).

"Indian tribe" means any Indian tribe, band, group, pueblo, or community, including native villages and native groups (including corporations organized by Kenai, Juneau, Sitka, and Kodiak) as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act that is recognized by the Federal Government as eligible for services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. This definition also includes Indian-owned economic enterprises that meet the requirements.

California Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (CDVBE)

In order for the university's state-sponsored accounts to receive credit for using a CDVBE, the business must provide a certificate from the State of California to Supplier Diversity Services.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)

Historically black colleges and universities are institutions designated by the Secretary of U.S. Department of Education to meet the requirements of 34 CFR Section 608.2. HBCU also means any nonprofit research institution that was an integral part of such a college or university before November 14, 1986. (Note that use of HBCUs is typically only for subcontracts.)

Minority Institutions (MI)

A minority institution is an institution of higher education whose enrollment of a single or a combination of minorities exceeds 50% of its total enrollment. It meets the requirements of Section 1046(3) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C 1135d-5(3)) which, for the purpose of this subpart, includes Hispanic-serving institutions as defined in Section 316(b)(1) of such Act (20 U.S.C. 1059c(b)(1)). (Note that use of MIs is typically only for subcontracts.)

Minority Owned Small Businesses (MOSB) and Minority Owned Large Businesses (MOLB)

A business—small or large—that is at least 51% owned by one or more U.S. citizen(s) whose origin is from one of the following minority groups:

  • African American: any of the Black racial groups of Sub-Sahara Africa.
  • Hispanic American: any of the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America, Mexico, Central America, South America, the Caribbean and Brazil (Afro-Brazilian and Brazilian Indians only).
  • American Indian: Eskimo, Aleut, or Native Hawaiian, or Native Americans. Native Americans must be documented members of a North American tribe, band or organized group of native people indigenous to the continential United States.
  • Asian American, Pacific Islanders, Asian Indian Americans: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Guam, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Samoa, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific or the Northern Marianas and Vietnam.
Physically Challenged Businesses (PHY)

A physically challenged business must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Must be at least 51% owned by one or more physically challenged individual(s).
  • Must be a wholly owned subsidiary of a parent corporation whose voting stock is at least 51% owned by one or more physically challenged individual(s).
  • Must be a joint venture where one or more physically challenged individual(s) holds at least 51% of the management, control and earnings.
Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB)

A service-disabled veteran is someone who, in addition to serving in the military, was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability. An SDVOSB is one that is at least 51% owned by one or more service-disabled veteran(s). In the case of a publicly owned business, one or more service-disabled veteran(s) must own at least 51% of the stock, and one or more service-disabled veteran(s) must control the business's management and daily business operations.

Small Businesses (S)

According to the Small Business Act, a small business is "one that is independently owned and operated and which is not dominant in its field of operation." The law also states that in determining what constitutes a small business, the definition will vary from industry to industry to reflect industry differences accurately. The Small Business Administration's (SBA's) Small Business Size Regulations implement the Small Business Act's mandate to the SBA. The SBA has also established a table of size standards, matched to North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) industries.

SBA Certified Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Businesses (SBA8(A))

A small business that is at least 51% owned by one or more U.S. citizen(s) of a socially and economically disadvantaged group can be certified as an SBA8(a) business. The 8(a) Business Development Program, administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA), helps small disadvantaged businesses compete in the American economy and access the federal procurement market. A business certified by the SBA as an 8(a) firm automatically qualifies for SDB (see below).

Small Disadvantaged Business Concern (SDB)

A small business concern that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged. This can include a publicly owned business that has at least 51 percent of its stock unconditionally owned by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals and whose management and daily business is controlled by one or more such individuals.

SBA Certified Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBzone)

A small business that is owned by one or more U.S. citizen(s)—regardless of disadvantaged status—and located in an area within one or more qualified census tract(s), qualified non-metropolitan counties, or lands within the external boundaries of an Indian reservation. The Small Business Administration (SBA) qualifies small business concerns for HUBZone status in accordance with 13 CFR 126.

Veteran Owned Small Businesses (VOSB)

A veteran is someone who has served in the military, naval, or air service, and was discharged or released from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable. A veteran owned small business is one that is at least 51% owned by one or more veteran(s). In the case of a publicly owned business, one or more veteran(s) must own at least 51% of the stock, and one or more veteran(s) must control the business's management and daily business operations.

Woman Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) and Woman Owned Large Businesses (WOLB)

A business—small or large—that is at least 51% owned and controlled/operated by one (or more) woman.

 

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