Small and Minority Businesses

Procurement Services supports the educational, research, and mission of the University by establishing strategic alliances, promoting community relations and minority business programs, and advocating ethics in purchasing.

As such, we are committed to increasing small and minority businesses participation by partnering with the Office of Public Affairs and the Office of Economic Development to develop a program that supports this vision. Procurement Services is available to help departments use and make a best effort to include these firms in their bidding process by providing information on how these companies can do business with Notre Dame, as well as the creation and maintenance of a list of participating suppliers.

The following are recognized certifications:

Code Description Detail
Ability One (JWOD) AbilityOne Program The AbilityOne Program, formerly known as JWOD, is administered by the Committee for Purchase from People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled through two Central Nonprofit Agencies, the National Industries for the Blind, and NISH (serving people with a range of disabilities). NIB and NISH work with over 600 nonprofit agencies.
Alaskan Native Alaskan Native Federally Recognized Native American Entity - Alaskan Native Corporation Owned Firm
DBE Disadvantaged Business Enterprise A small business certified by the US Dept of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. Qualifications are similar to that for an SBA 8(A) business (see above).
Disabled Disabled A disabled-owned business is a business that is at least 51% owned, controlled and operated by an individual or individuals who are disabled.
DVBE Service Disabled Veteran A business that is a least 51% owned by a veteran (see VBE) with a disability that is service connected. The term "service connected" means that such disability was incurred or aggravated in the line of duty in the active military, naval or air service.
EDWOSB Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business A business that is at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more women, and primarily managed by one or more women. The women must be U.S. citizens. The firm must be “small” in its primary industry in accordance with SBA’s size standards for that industry. In order for a WOSB to be deemed “economically disadvantaged,” its owners must demonstrate economic disadvantage in accordance with the requirements set forth in the final SBA rule.
HBCU Historically Black Colleges and Universities Institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before 1964 with the intention of serving the African American community.
HUBZONE HUB Zone A small business certified by the SBA as having its principle office in a certified historically under-utilized business zone, and at least 51% owned and controlled by U.S. citizens, or a Community Development Corporation, or an agricultural cooperative or an Indian tribe. Additionally, at least 35% of the business’s employees must reside in a HUBZone.
MBE Minority Business Enterprise A business that is a for-profit enterprise, regardless of size, physically located in the United States or its trust territories, which is owned, operated, managed, and controlled by minority group members. "Minority group members" are United States citizens who are Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American. Ownership by minority individuals means the business is at least 51% owned by such individuals or, in the case of a publicly-owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals.
MWBE Minority Woman Business Enterprise A business that is a for-profit enterprise, regardless of size, physically located in the United States or its trust territories, which is owned, operated, managed, and controlled by minority group members or women. Ownership by minority individuals or women means the business is at least 51% owned by such individuals or, in the case of a publicly-owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals.
SBA8(A) SBA 8(A) A small business participating in the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program. The business must be at least 51% owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are U.S. citizens. SBA 8(A) certified businesses automatically count as Small Disadvantaged Businesses.
SBE Small Business Enterprise A business concern eligible for assistance from SBA as a small business is one that is organized for profit, with a place of business located in the United States. It must operate primarily within the United States or make a significant contribution to the U.S. economy through payment of taxes or use of American products, materials or labor. Together with its affiliates, it must meet the numerical size standards as defined in the Small Business Size Regulations. The business must also qualify as small as defined by SBA size standards for the company’s primary NAICS.
SDB Small Disadvantaged Business A small business that is at least 51% owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are U.S. citizens. (Effective 2008, the SBA ceased its SDB certification program and now allows a business to self-represent its SDB status in good faith.)
VBE Veteran Owned Business A business that is at least 51% owned by one or more veterans, who control and operate the business. Control in this context means exercising the power to make policy decisions and operate means to be actively involved in the day-to-day management of the business. The term "veteran" means a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released there from under conditions other than dishonorable.
WBE Woman Business Enterprise A business that is a for-profit enterprise, regardless of size, physically located in the United States or its trust territories, which is owned, operated, managed, and controlled by one or more women who are United States citizens. Ownership means the business is at least 51% owned by one or more women or, in the case of a publicly-owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more women.
WOSB Woman-Owned Small Business A business that is at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more women, and primarily managed by one or more women. The women must be U.S. citizens. The firm must be “small” in its primary industry in accordance with SBA’s size standards for that industry.