Supplier Diversity Definitions

Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) - A for profit enterprise presently located in the United States or its trust territories, and is at least 51% owned by an individual(s) who have performed active service in one of the United States armed services and has/have a disability. Individual(s) must be involved in the day-to-day management of the business.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) - A for-profit small business concern that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged. In the case of a corporation, 51 percent of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals; and, whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of the socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who own it.

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) - A for profit enterprise presently located in the United States or its trust territories, and is at least 51% owned and operated by a U.S. citizen(s) who is a member of one of the following groups:

  • African American: Black racial groups of Africa
  • Alaskan Native: All persons having origins in any of the original peoples of North America, and who maintain cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community recognition.
  • Hispanic American: Spanish or Portuguese speaking areas of Latin American or the following regions: Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean basin.
  • Native American: American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut and Native Hawaiian. Individuals must be regarded as such by the community of which the person claims to be a part. Native Americans must be documented members of a North American tribe, band or otherwise organized group of native people who are indigenous to the continental United States or who otherwise have a special relationship with the United States or a state through treaty, agreement or some other form of recognition
  • Asian Pacific: Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific or the Northern Marianas.
  • Asian Indian American: India, Pakistan and Bangladesh

Service Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SDVBE) - A for profit enterprise presently located in the United States or its trust territories, and is at least 51% owned by an individual(s) who have performed active service in one of the United States armed services and has/have a service-connected disability. Individual(s) must be involved in the day-to-day management of the business.

Small 8(a) Business - A small business unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged citizens of the United States, and demonstrates potential for success. (can self certify)

Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) - A for profit enterprise presently located in the United States or its trust territories, and is at least 51% owned, controlled, operated and managed by a socially and economically disadvantaged individual or individuals, who must have a net worth of less than $750,000, excluding the equity of the business and primary residence and must meet applicable size standards for small businesses in their industry. (has to certify)

Veteran-Owned Business - A for profit business presently located in the United States or its trust territories, and is at least 51 percent owned, controlled, operated and managed by one or more veterans of U.S. citizenship. (can self certify)

Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) - A for profit enterprise presently located in the United States or its trust territories, and is at least 51% owned, controlled, and operated by a woman or women of U.S. citizenship. Individual(s) must be involved in the day-to-day management of the business. (can self certify)