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What is Supplier Diversity at the University of Missouri

Supplier Diversity Eligibility

Businesses recognized as diverse suppliers come from Federal Public Law 95-507.  These firms should have certification from a recognized certification agency.  They are at least 51% owned, controlled and operated by a United States Citizen(s) who is:

  • African-American
  • Asian-Indian
  • Asian-Pacific
  • Hispanic
  • Native-American
  • Service Disabled Veteran Enterprises (SDVE)
  • Veteran-owned businesses
  • Woman-owned businesses

The University also recognizes Small Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (SDB/DBE) who are certified by the Federal Government (SBA).  Those firms certified based on net-worth requirements of the firms versus race and/or gender.

The supplier diversity effort is NOT a set-aside or preference program. Its design is to provide every opportunity for minority and women-owned businesses to participate in sourcing opportunities at the University of Missouri, system-wide.  These firms must be qualified and cost competitive just like any other firm.

Sources of Identification and Recruitment of Supplier Diversity

There are several ways the university will identify potential suppliers for our projects.  There is a full page of organizations with their links in the resource section of this website.  A few of the resources we may use include:

  • Minority Business Councils in Kansas City and St. Louis
  • Minority Contractor Associations in St. Louis and Kansas City
  • Business Expos in Missouri
  • Business Journals and M/WBE directories
  • External interaction with other supplier diversity leaders at other companies in Missouri
  • SBA Central Contractor Registry
  • St. Louis Airport Database
  • State of Missouri Database
  • City of Kansas City Database

Service Disabled Veteran Owned Enterprises (SDVE)

The University of Missouri has a 3% Service Disabled Veteran Enterprise goal on all bids/proposals and grants a three (3) point bonus preference to a Missouri based, certified Service Disabled Veteran Enterprise (SDVE) bidder/proposer.  A  Service Disabled Veteran Enterprise shall mean  a business certified by the State of Missouri Office of Administration as a Service Disabled Veteran Enterprise, which is at least fifty-one percent (51%) owned and controlled by one (1) or more Serviced Disabled Veterans or, in the case of any publicly-owned business, in which at least fifty-one percent (51%) of the stock of which is owned by one (1) or more Service Disabled Veterans, and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one (1) or more Serviced Disabled Veterans.  

Preference for Missouri Products and Firms

In keeping with the policy of the state of Missouri as declared in statutory law, the Board of Curators of the University of Missouri has adopted the following policy:

Preference shall be given in respect to the products of the mines, forests and quarries of the state of Missouri and all materials, commodities, products supplies, provisions and all other articles produced, manufactured, mined or grown within the State of Missouri, provided that:

  • They are of a quality suitable and are fit for the purpose intended.
  • They can be secured without additional cost over products sourced from the outside of Missouri.
  • They are found in marketable quantities in the state.

Preference is also given to firms, corporations or individuals doing business as Missouri firms.

Reviewed 2017-09-06.