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.

Diverse Supplier Solutions

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).

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.

Tier 1 Diverse Suppliers

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Partners with Diverse Solutions

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Diversity Supplier Classifications

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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.

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.

You can play an integral role in developing new and innovative ways to meet the needs of our members. We are committed to maximizing diverse supplier participation by developing mutually beneficial business relationships to strengthen our diverse communities.

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Titus Martin

Titus Martin 
Executive Director, Supplier Diversity 

Tier 1 Diverse Suppliers

Our business partners certified as diverse suppliers include:

Partners with Diverse Supplier Solutions

Our suppliers who partner with diverse businesses to offer solutions as a part of their service offering include:

Diversity Supplier Classifications

Our Supplier Diversity Program focuses on the following diverse supplier classifications*:

MBE – Minority Business Enterprise

WBE – Women Business Enterprise

DOBE – Disabled-Owned Business Enterprise

VBE – Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise

SDVOB – Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business

SBE – Small Business Enterprise

SDB – Small Disadvantaged Business

WOSB – Women-Owned Small Business

*Certification by a third-party verification agency is a requirement for participation in E&I’s Supplier Diversity program.

Partnerships With Advocacy Organizations

We recognize certifications from the following advocacy organizations in support of our supplier diversity efforts:

We also support numerous regional affiliate councils and local community organizations throughout the United States that align with our member institutions.


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