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Supplier Diversity: Understanding Minority Business Enterprise and Disadvantaged Business Certifications
Are you a Diverse Supplier seeking new opportunities and growth?

By completing this online course, you will be able to start your journey as a diverse supplier eligible for procurement plans for government, not-for-profits and the private industry.

Start with Module 1

What does it mean to be a diverse supplier?

A diverse supplier is considered to be a business that is at least 51% owned and operated by an individual or group that is part of a traditionally underrepresented or underserved group.


Why does it matter to small businesses?

Most businesses in America—more than 32.5 million—are small businesses. Many small businesses still lack access to opportunities, funding, and other resources, which is why the federal government first established programs to help them succeed 90 years ago.

Participating in a supplier diversity program offers small business owners the opportunity to expand market share, grow their companies, discover new partners, and create new revenue streams. You’ll also be exposed to special training, education, and networking opportunities.

Participating in a supplier diversity program offers small business owners the opportunity to grow
Part One - Online Course

This online course is designed to help established business owners develop an understanding of and rationale for becoming a certified diverse supplier.

This 3-part series offers a self-guided learning experience that will educate you on the following topics:

Module 1

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Introduction to Supplier Diversity and Certifications

The first module will help you understand what it means to be a diverse supplier and introduce you to various supplier diversity programs and certifications.

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Module 2

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How to Become Certified as a Diverse Supplier

The second module will help you gather details about the various supplier diversity certification programs offered in the United States.

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Module 3

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Business Growth for Diverse Suppliers

The final module of this course will help you identify the growth opportunities and avenues available for diverse suppliers. Proceed to Course Part 2 upon completion.

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Part Two - Q&A Webinars

Your learning experience is expanded with an expert-led discussion and Q&A.

Once you have completed the self-paced portion of the course, you can watch these recorded webinars to hear questions from other business owners and the answers provided by our business experts. This will provide a deeper understanding of how to find business opportunities as a diverse supplier.

Recorded Webinar

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Getting Certified as a Woman-Owned, Minority-Owned or Veteran-Owned Business

View the recorded webinar and get answers to common questions about getting certified as a minority business enterprise and other certifications.

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Recorded Webinar

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Should You Get Certified as a Woman-owned, Veteran-owned or Minority-owned Business?

View the recorded webinar to hear frequently asked questions on this topic and to receive answers to common questions about minority certifications.

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Recorded Webinar

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Supplier Diversity & Certifications - You have Questions, SCORE Has Answers

View the on-demand course modules, then attend this live Q&A dedicated to answering your questions and enriching your knowledge about Supplier Diversity & Certifications.

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Part Three - Mentoring Support

Once you've completed the modules, you can work 1:1 with a mentor with expertise in supplier diversity and working with the federal government. 

This one-on-one interaction allows you to discuss your individual circumstances, seek clarification, and receive expert guidance to support your progress toward obtaining your goals and growing your business.

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Funded, in part, through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

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