What can you do to build relationships and get connected?
Once you are certified, you will be notified via email by the Supplier Diversity office. Each certified firm will also receive materials via email that they can print, to include a certificate and a letter that details specific steps that can be taken to utilize the certification to market to potential clients.
Connect with other suppliers and learn best practices with Disability:IN’s monthly Supplier Diversity Teleconference Series.
Business Scholarship Program
Disability:IN offers executive education scholarships to qualifying certified DOBE, SDV-DOBE and V-DOBEs suppliers. The business executive scholarships are designed to strengthen management/ technical skills and help diverse suppliers grow their business capacity. Disability:IN is proud to partner with Tuck’s School of Business Executive Education Programs at Dartmouth.
Outreach and Project Bid Opportunities
Corporate partners provide information to Disability:IN on bidding opportunities and supplier outreach and networking events happening throughout the U.S.
We spotlight a DOBE each quarter in our Biz2Biz newsletter.
We encourage you to attend local networking events, and a must-attend is the annual Disability:IN National Conference and Biz2Biz Expo. This event will provide face-to-face interaction with top business leaders and corporate buyers and decision makers in corporate America, as well as other diverse suppliers.
Disability:IN Mentoring & Business Development Program
This program matches Disability:IN partner representatives with Disability:IN certified suppliers to help improve their skills, business process and management acumen. Learn more information here.
This quarterly series educates our certified suppliers on specific topics which are important to their success.
State Procurement Opportunities
We currently have two initiatives open to all Disability:IN certified suppliers, one with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the other with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. You do not have to be located in either state to participate in these opportunities.
To qualify and be approved by either program, suppliers certified by Disability:IN must agree to an opt-in process. If you are interested in qualifying for either state’s procurement opportunities, please contact Cami Turcotte.
Our Alliances in Diverse Business Certification and Development
The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce is the exclusive, third-party certification body that verifies that eligible businesses are majority-owned by LGBT individuals, and subsequently grants LGBT Business Enterprise® (LGBTBE®) designation to such businesses as part of its LGBT Supplier Diversity Initiative.
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the U.S. and a leading advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs. WBENC’s mission is to fuel economic growth globally by identifying, certifying, and facilitating the development of women-owned businesses.
WEConnect International identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women’s business enterprises based outside of the U.S. that are at least 51% owned, as well as managed and controlled by one or more women, and then connects them with multinational corporate buyers.
To learn more visit: https://bit.ly/2w47NAY
Institute of Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)
The IVMF is higher education’s first interdisciplinary academic institute, singularly focused on advancing the lives of the nation’s military veterans and their families. IVMF is committed to advancing the post-service lives of America’s service members, veterans and their families. Supported by a world class advisory board and public and private partners, our professional staff delivers unique and innovative programs in career, vocations, and entrepreneurship education and training to post 9/11 veterans and active duty military spouses, as well as tailored programs to veterans of all eras.
To learn more: https://ivmf.syracuse.edu
Veterans in Business (VIB)
The Veterans in Business (VIB) Network is a nonprofit organization that advocates for all veteran businesses including SDVOSBs and DVBEs. We provide resources, educational workshops, outreach opportunities, and also strive to build connections between veteran businesses and corporations/government agencies looking to purchase goods and services.
The VIB Network recognizes the need for a streamlined approach to connecting veterans to business resources as well as contract opportunities. Veteran businesses have been taken advantage of by being charged an exorbitant fee to be included in some directories or for business development programs which should be free. There is a need for quality outreach events and workshops in the veteran business community.
To learn more: https://www.vibnetwork.org
To register in their directory: https://www.vibnetwork.org/vib-application/