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Supplier Diversity Program

The College Board strives to develop and expand relationships with diverse enterprises. Our supplier diversity program ensures that all suppliers have equal opportunity to participate in our procurement and bidding process.

Diverse Suppliers

The College Board follows definitions for diverse suppliers created by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the United States Small Business Administration (SBA), and the National Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).

Diverse suppliers include:

  • 8(a) business
  • H.U.B. Zone
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender Business (LGBT)
  • Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE)
  • Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)
  • Small Business (SB)
  • Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB)
  • Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB)
  • Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)

The College Board also wants to capture data from large businesses.

Certifying as a Small or Diverse Business

Certification is not a condition of doing business with the College Board. A minority, women, or small business owner does not have to be certified to do business with the College Board. However, firms must be certified to receive assistance, referrals, or to be recognized as part of College Board's supplier diversity program. Being certified also increases opportunities to do business with us as we actively seek to increase business for certified diverse suppliers.

The College Board does not certify suppliers. Agencies through which suppliers can obtain small business certifications include:

  • National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) and regional affiliates
  • Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
  • National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
  • National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
  • Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • US Women's Chamber of Commerce

Subcontracting Reporting Requirements

To meet federal government requirements, the College Board reports subcontracting (Tier II) spending with diverse business enterprises. Tier II spending consists of payments made to small or diverse-owned businesses for the purchase of goods and services used directly or indirectly in support of the College Board.

Tier II Spend Reporting Process

The College Board expects its prime suppliers to honor their commitment to diversity by actively including certified diverse suppliers as Tier II vendors. However, we do not dictate which companies prime suppliers use. If you are a prime supplier to the College Board, follow the process below so that your business will be considered as supporting the College Board’s supplier diversity program.

  • Tier I suppliers complete the Tier II spend report quarterly. To submit the report, please log in to supplier registration portal. (Suppliers must report their Tier II spend by the 10th of the month following each calendar quarter.)
  • College Board compiles the Tier II data.
  • College Board will track Tier II spend by supplier and report annually.

Business Sizes and Definitions

To determine whether your company is a large or small business, find your North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code. Then refer to the industry size standards published by the Small Business Administration. If you need further assistance, call 1 800 U ASK-SBA or refer to SBA’s website at www.sba.gov.

Definitions of Small Businesses

8(a) Business
Small disadvantaged businesses that are certified as 8(a) by the Small Business Administration.

H.U.B. Zone
Small business operating in a historically underutilized business zone owned and controlled by one or more U.S. Citizens, where at least 35 percent of its employees reside in a HUBZone. HUBZone businesses must be certified by the Small Business Administration.

Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender Business (LGBT)
At least 51 percent owned, managed and controlled by one or more LGBT individuals. Acceptable certifications are provided by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE)
At least 51 percent owned, managed and controlled by one or more African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Indian Americans, Asian Indian Americans or Asian Pacific Americans. Acceptable certifications are provided by the National Minority Supplier Development Council and by Federal, State and Local Governments.

Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)
At least 51 percent owned, managed and controlled by one or more individuals with a service-connected disability.

Small Business (SB)
Independently owned and operated and not dominant in its field of operation. The size will vary from industry to industry and is defined by the Small Business Administration.

Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB)
At least 51 percent owned by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged. This can include a publicly owned business that has at least 51 percent of its stock owned by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals and whose management and daily business is controlled by one or more such individuals.

Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB)
At least 51 percent owned, managed and controlled by one or more veterans.

Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)
At least 51 percent owned, managed and controlled by one or more women. Acceptable certifications are provided by the Women Business Enterprise National Council, the National Women Business Owners Corporation and by Federal, State and Local Governments.