The Diverse and Small Business program engages and develops diverse and small businesses in ASU's procurement practices.
Staff involved with purchasing and contracting value diverse and small business engagement. They work to:
- Encourage participation of diverse, small businesses.
- Enhance a procurement program that provides value to the community and university.
- Foster an environment that promotes inclusion.
- Inform the community of the needs and capabilities of its community.
- Provide education and business development to diverse and small business entrepreneurs throughout the community.
- Utilize small businesses for procurements up to $100,000 unless impracticable as determined by the Arizona Board of Regents.
The Diverse and Small Business program also fulfills the requirements for ASU to receive specific grant funding as an R1 research university. ASU asks awarded suppliers to classify themselves as one of the following when registering as a university supplier in Workday:
- Diverse supplier — Minority Business Enterprise, Women Business Enterprise, etc.
- Large business.
- Small business.
Supplier registration will reference the specific business classifications mentioned above. Prospective suppliers will be notified of opportunities when they register their business with ASU's prospective supplier portal.
Supplier Leadership Program
SLP is a multi-session workshop focused on how diverse and small businesses develop successful relationships with ASU or organizations of similar size. Current and prospective suppliers are encouraged to apply for the program. This program requires businesses to participate in three live webinars and one in-person session. Benefits of the program include:
- Detailed sessions on how to do business with ASU and similar organizations.
- One-on-one networking skills workshop with ASU stakeholders.
- Opportunities to be featured at a supplier showcase.
Local agency listings for small business companies
- American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Arizona.
- Asian Chamber of Commerce Inc.
- Arizona Department of Transportation.
- Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
- Associated Minority Contractors of Arizona.
- Black Chamber of Arizona.
- City of Phoenix Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Small Business Concern Directory.
- City of Phoenix Small Business Enterprise Directory.
- City of Tucson Small Business Enterprise Program. Click the Vendors tab at the top and select SBE or DBE on the left panel.
- East Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
- Pacific Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council.
- Sun Corridor Inc.
Diverse and small business classifications
Refer to ARS 41-1001.23 for Arizona’s small business definition.
Refer to 13 CFR Part 121 for the federal small business definition.
Diverse or disadvantaged businesses
Diverse or disadvantaged businesses are at least 51% owned and managed by:
- Disadvantaged individuals.
- HUBZone qualifiers.
- Service-disabled veterans.
If you are a small or diverse business, please register with the System for Award Management to identify your business as a potential supplier for federal grants.
Contact the ASU Diverse Small Business program.