University of Pittsburgh
Purchasing
Supplier Diversity

In keeping with the University's mission to make available to local communities and public agencies the expertise of the University in ways that are consistent with the primary teaching and research functions and contribute to social, intellectual, and economic development in the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world the University has established a Supplier Diversity Purchasing Program.

Program Overview

The objectives of the University's Supplier Diversity Programs are:
  • To increase the level of goods and services provided by diverse suppliers to the University of Pittsburgh.
  • To increase the availability of meaningful business opportunities afforded diverse suppliers businesses.

Supplier Diversity Program

In recognition of its social responsibility, the University is committed to fostering a diverse supplier base.The Supplier Diversity Program is designed to ensure that businesses of diverse backgrounds and ownership have the opportunity to become valued suppliers as a means of improving the general economic well-being of the community and functioning of our local and national economies.

Definition of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise(DBE)

A "Disadvantaged Business Enterprise " is intended to mean a business concern owned/operated by a minority that is at least fifty-one percent (51%) unconditionally owned by one or more minority or women individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged, or a publicly owned business that has at least fifty-one percent (51%) of its stock unconditionally owned by one or more such individuals and that has its management and daily business controlled by one or more such individuals. Individuals who certify that they are a member of named groups, i.e. African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives (Eskimos and Aleuts) and Asian and Pacific Island Americans are to be considered socially and economically disadvantaged.

Definition of Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)

A "Minority Business Enterprise" is intended to mean a business concern owned by one or more minority individuals that is at least fifty-one percent (51%) unconditionally owned by one or more minority individuals, or a publicly owned business that has at least fifty-one percent (51%) of its stock unconditionally owned by one or more such individuals and that has its management and daily business controlled by one or more such individuals. Individuals who certify that they are a member of named groups, i.e. African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives (Eskimos and Aleuts) and Asian and Pacific Island Americans are to be considered socially and economically disadvantaged.

Definition of Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE)

A "Women-Owned Business Enterprise" is intended to mean a business concern owned by one or more women that is at least fifty-one percent (51%) unconditionally owned by one or more women, or a publicly owned business that has at least fifty-one percent (51%) of its stock unconditionally owned by one or more such individuals and that has its management and daily business controlled by one or more such individuals.

For information regarding the University of Pittsburgh's Supplier Diversity Program/DBE, contact Renee Galloway, Supplier Diversity Administrator, 3301 Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh PA 15260, phone (412) 624-5261, fax (412) 624-9339 or e-mail rgalloway@bc.pitt.edu.

Obtaining Certification

To ensure that the University is dealing with approved certified diverse suppliers of goods and services, and to give equal opportunity to all qualified diverse suppliers in pursuit of University business, the University allows those enterprises which are not "certified" a ninety (90) day grace period to apply for certification from any of the certifying organizations and a one hundred eighty (180) day period for obtaining certification. If the enterprise is not certified after six (6) months of a University business relationship, the University may cease providing informal preferences for that enterprise until certification is granted.

Listed below are the local certifying organizations:

  • Small Business Administration (SBA) - Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) or 8(a) certification is necessary if expenditures with a company are to count towards SDB commitment for contracts or projects associated with federal government funding, which come under P.L. 95-507 or other federal laws or regulation.
  • Commonwealth of PA - MBE/WBE and/or Socially and Economically Restricted Business (SERB) certifications by the Commonwealth of PA are necessary when considering expenditures for contracts or projects associated with Commonwealth grant or contract funding.
  • Allegheny County - MBE/WBE/or DBE Certification by Allegheny County is widely accepted by both public and private corporations and organizations interested in identifying approved certified suppliers of goods and services.
  • Port Authority - All diverse suppliers listed and certified by Port Authority are certified to meet the eligibility as outlined in DOT regulations 49CFR, Part 26.
  • Western Pennsylvania Minority Supplier Diversity Council (WPMSDC) - The WPSDC is an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). The NMSDC Network includes a National Office in New York and 39 regional councils across the country. There are 3,500 corporate members throughout the network, including most of America's largest publicly owned, privately owned and foreign-owned companies, as well as universities, hospitals and other buying institutions. The regional councils certify and match more than 15,000 minority owned businesses (Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American) with member corporations that want to purchase goods and services.

Certification is necessary for contracted spending to be counted as DBE, WBE, or MBE commitment activity under certain agencies, i.e., Federal, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The University of Pittsburgh, however, when contracting for all non-Commonwealth or Federally funded commodities and/or services accepts certification from any of the above certifying agencies. Application for certification can be made to the certifying agencies at the site and locations listed below:

 

Organization Contact Information
Small Business Administration (SBA) Carl Knoblock , District Director
Pittsburgh District Office
Federal Building - Room 1128
1000 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: (412) 395-6560
Fax: (412) 395-6562
Website: SBA
Commonwealth of PA Pennsylvania Department of General Services
Application and Instruction Guide for
Certification as a Minority/Women Business Enterprise
For more information about certification call (717) 787-6708.
Website:  Pennsylvania Department of General Services
Allegheny County: Office of Minority, Women, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Ruth Byrd-Smith , Director
204 County Office Building
542 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 350-4309 Fax: (412) 350-4915
E-mail: mwdbe@county.allegheny.pa.us
Website: Allegheny County
Port Authority: Office of Equal Opportunity Edward J. Greene, DBE Contract Compliance Coordinator
(412) 566-5257
E-mail: Web@portauthority.org
Website: Port Authority

Western PA Minority Supplier Diversity

Council (WPMSDC)

Alexander (Nick) Nichols, Executive Director / President
WPMSDC
425 Sixth Ave., Suite 2690
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
412-391-4423
email: nichols@wpmsdc.org
Website: WPMSDC

 

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