What is a Diverse Supplier?

Diverse Supplier Definitions

Minority-owned business means a business:
1. More than 50 percent of the ownership or control of which is held by one or more minority individuals; and
2. More than 50 percent of the net profit or loss of which accrues to one or more minority individuals.
Fuente: Federal Home Loan Bank Act Section 21A(r)(4)(A)
Minority means any black (or African-) American, Native American (or American Indian), Hispanic (or Latino) American or Asian American.

Women-owned business means a business:
1. More than 50 percent of the ownership or control of which is held by one or more women;
2. More than 50 percent of the net profit or loss of which accrues to one or more women; and
3. A significant percentage of senior management positions of which are held by women.
Definition Source: Federal Home Loan Bank Act Section 21A(r)(4)(B)

Disabled-owned business means a business:
1. Qualified as a service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern as defined in 13 C.F.R. §§ 125.8-125.13; or
2. More than 50 percent of the ownership or control of which is held by one or more persons with a disability; and
3. More than 50 percent of the net profit or loss of which accrues to one or more persons with a disability.
Disability has the meaning defined in 29 C.F.R. § 1630.2(g), § 1630.3 and Appendix to Part 1630 — Interpretive Guidance on Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Service-disabled veteran-owned small business means a business:
1. Not less than 51 percent of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans, or in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51 of the stock of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans; and
2. The management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans, or in the case of a veteran with a permanent and severe disability, a spouse or permanent caregiver of such veteran.

Definition Source: 13 C.F.R. §§ 125.8-125.13

Service-disabled veteran has the meaning described by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs at www.vip.vetbiz.gov. Gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender-owned business (or GLBT-owned business) means a business:

1. At least 51 percent of which is owned, operated, managed and controlled by one or more gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender persons who are either U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents;

2. That exercises independence from any non-gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender-owned business enterprise;

3. With its principal place of business (headquarters) in the United States; and

4. Formed as a legal entity in the United States.

Definition Source: National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

See More Definitions for more detailed information on diverse business classifications.

Certification

The diverse supplier must be certified by a recognized third-party certifying organization such as an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC); a regional partner organization (RPO) of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC); or a federal, state or local government certifying agency or program.