No. The first choice in supplier selection is to use a contracted supplier. The process for determining contracted suppliers considers price, quality, delivery, service and business management in an effort to obtain the best overall value for the University.
At the outset of this process every effort is made to include qualified DBE’s for consideration. If it is discovered that the DBE represents the best overall value to the University during this process, then it is awarded contracted supplier status. You can find these DBE suppliers on the Purchasing website with a designation of DBE in the Category column. If a DBE is not listed as a contracted supplier, then select a suitable non-DBE supplier from the list.
If you are a researcher attempting to fulfill the requirements of a subcontracting plan, consider using one of the DBE non-contracted suppliers.