Supplier Diversity

E&I is committed to developing a world class Supplier Diversity program which reflects the diversity commitments of our members and the multicultural communities in which they serve. We recognize the importance of diverse suppliers and are committed to ensuring that diversity is an integral part of our sourcing and procurement processes.

Our competitive solicitation process is designed to provide “best value” contracts for members. We’ve added processes to maximize subcontracting opportunities with certified diverse businesses by including a minimum of one diverse supplier in all new sourcing events (when applicable).

Diverse Supplier Solutions

E&I develops solutions that exceed the growing demands of our members whose goal is to increase the amount of goods and services sourced from certified diverse businesses. In an effort to address the regional focus of our members, we are constantly expanding the number of direct (Tier 1) supplier relationships with certified diverse businesses across the country.

If your institution is looking for Tier 1 diverse suppliers, we have certified diverse suppliers who are able to engage in subcontracts directly with members. Please review this list of Tier 1 Diverse Suppliers for additional information.

E&I also has relationships with suppliers who are able to offer diverse spending solutions as a part of their product and/or service offering. For more information, browse the E&I Business Partners with Supplier Diversity Solutions.

How to Become a Supplier

Our diverse suppliers play an integral role in developing new and innovative ways to meet the increasing demands of our members. Our ongoing commitment is to maximize diverse supplier participation through the development of mutually beneficial business relationships to strengthen the diverse communities in which we operate.

Are you a diverse supplier? Please use the enclosed link to register.

Completing the above registration process is not an automatic approval, nor does it guarantee future business from E&I. However, submitting your information through this registration process does provide your company with greater visibility for consideration in upcoming subcontracting and/or contracting opportunities with E&I.


We’ve created these helpful downloadable resources so you can easily reference your state’s supplier diversity requirements:

  • Diversity Business Guidelines by State
      • This chart includes your state’s procurement office website, suggested diverse supplier preferences, advocacy agencies, diverse supplier certifications, and recommended directories (if available) so you can easily find diverse suppliers.
  • Small Dollar Thresholds by State 
      • This chart is especially helpful for navigating negotiated contracts, and includes your state’s procurement office website, small dollar quote threshold, formal solicitation threshold, and procurement code reference.

For questions regarding our commitment to diversity supplier inclusion in our contracting process, please contact:

Titus Martin

Titus Martin
Executive Director, Supplier Diversity