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Diversity Initiatives

The University of Pittsburgh is committed to fostering a diverse supplier base. The Supplier Diversity Program or Diverse Business Enterprise (DBE) Program, is designed to ensure that businesses of diverse backgrounds and ownership have the opportunity to become valued suppliers as a means of improving the general economic well-being of the community and functioning of our local and national economies.

The University’s Supplier Diversity Programs strive to increase the availability of meaningful business opportunities afforded to diverse suppliers by increasing the level of goods and services provided to the University by diverse business enterprises.

University-wide Contracted DBE suppliers

View the directory of contracted suppliers, and filter by “DBE”.

Non-contracted DBE Suppliers

This includes suppliers who have requested inclusion on our list and for whom we are able to verify a DBE status through a certifying organization.

Many of the Diverse Business Enterprise (DBE) suppliers listed below have been certified by one or more of the recognized certifying organizations (Small Business Administration, Commonwealth of PA, Allegheny County, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Western Pennsylvania Minority Supplier Development Council, National Association of Women Business Owners). Some suppliers have chosen to self-certify as permitted under federal guidelines.

The suppliers included in the table below are recommended when DBE Contracted Suppliers are not available and when research grants require the utilization of DBE suppliers.

Should you have requirements for commodities not listed here, please email Jennifer Barnes, Diversity and Sustainability Coordinator.

Listing of Non-Contracted Suppliers
Commodity/Service
Supplier
Certifying Organization
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EMSDC
Artwork
WBENC
Facilities Supplies
PA UCP
Facilities Supplies
EMSDC
Laundry Service
EMSDC
Mailing Services
 
Contact: Molly Wawrzynsk, Owner
email: molly@ccmailing.com
Ph: 724-443-5933

Services Offered: Direct Mailing Services;
Pickup & Delivery' Data Conversion & Preparation
Purchasing Method: PantherExpress System - Standard Form
PA UCP
Office Technology/ Copiers
SBA
Office Technology/ Copiers
Hi-Tech Laser Systems
Computer & related products (HP)
 
Photography
Fred Kenderson
Photography
Ph: 412-965-9907
EMSDC
Printing and Graphics
WBENC
Printing and Graphics
EMSDC
Scientific Chemicals
 
Scientific Chemicals
SBA
Scientific Supplies & Equipment
District Healthcare
Ph: 301-918-0200
SBA
Scientific Supplies & Equipment
NAWBO
Scientific Supplies & Equipment
Francis Betancourt | 301-309-8310 x 1749
Nicole McConnell Hrescak | 301-3098310 x 1744
Ernest M. Glover | 609-680-1642
SBA & EMSDC
Scientific & Medical Supplies
 
Contact: Sylvia Holmes
email: sfisher@emscoscientific.com
Ph: 215-477-5601
Fax: 215-477-2526
SBA & EMSDC
Scientific & Medical Supplies
 
Contact: Frank Meleca, President
email: frank@LPSinc.com
Ph: 800-388-0166
 
Services - Consulting
(The) Bradley Partnerships, Inc.
Human Resources Consulting Firm
Lois Bradley, Founder and President
724-799-8170 | info@bradleypartnerships.com
NAWBO
Services - Consulting
CNI Inc.
IT consulting
SBA
Services - Consulting
Conformance Technologies
Engineering & technical support
NAWBO
Services - Consulting
Environmental Data Validation Inc.
Environmental, public health, scientific research and consulting services.
Contact: Dr. Maxine Wright-Walters
Phone: 412-242-5200
Fax-412-242-5210
SBA
PA UCP
Services - Consulting
IBEX
IT Business Experts
Tracey Grace, President and CEO
678-752-7542 x101 | tgrace@ibexpartners.com
SBA
WBENC
EMSDC
Services - Consulting
EMSDC
Services - Consulting
Logix-Guru
IT consulting and engineering management
EMSDC
Services - Consulting
Multi-Lynx Companies, Inc
Civil engineering, Computer information systems and technology
EMSDC
Services - Consulting
 
Services - Consulting
SBA
Services - Consulting
McFarland Technology
Software Development
SBA
Services - Consulting
Graphics 22 Signs, Inc.
Signs & trophies
PA UCP
Services - Consulting
Sci-Tek Consultants
Engineering consultants
PA UCP
Services - Consulting
Zoltun Design
Graphic Design, Marketing, Website Development
Contact: Judy Field: judy@zoltun.com
 
Services - Moving
EMSDC & SBA

Certifying Organizations

  • NAWBO: National Association of Woman Business Owners
  • NMSDC: National Minority Supplier Development Council
  • PA UCP: Pennsylvania Unified Certification Program
  • SBA: Small Business Administration
  • EMSDC: Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council
  • WBENC: Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

Tools for Finding DBE Suppliers

PRISM Search DBE Suppliers Tool

This tool lists all available suppliers from whom any individual purchaser across the University has purchased and whose Supplier Verification Form indicated a diversity business enterprise status. It does not indicate whether the supplier is contracted or non-contracted, however most will be non-contracted and require the use of a Non-Catalog Standard Form for goods purchases or a Services Agreement or Contract Entry Form for services purchases in the PantherExpress System.

To access the search tool enter the PRISM application from your my.pitt.edu page and select "Pitt Supplier View." The link to "Search DBE Suppliers" will appear. You can also search for either diversity or DBE from my.pitt.edu or find the link in the PantherExpress System welcome messages.

You can use the tool to search for specific suppliers to confirm status or view all suppliers by DBE designation. This tool is useful for completing your Small Business Subcontracting Plan.

Questions about the tool should be directed to Pitt IT's Helpdesk or 412-624-HELP (4357).

External Resources

  • PA Unified Certification Program (PA UCP) - the PAUCP online database is a list of any company that has been certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Use this system to search for DBEs using keywords or NAICS codes. You can also search by city or zip code for location-based inquiries.
  • African American Chamber of Commerce of Western PA  (AACCWP) - the AACCWP is a regional organization that provides a directory of their members on this online tool. Most AACCWP members are local, Black-owned companies, but several larger majority supporters are listed in the membership directory as well.
  • Cocoapreneur - is a crowd-sourced, online directory of Black-owned businesses in Pittsburgh. This is a great tool to use if you’re searching for boutique, creative firms or want to conduct a search of businesses within specific neighborhoods.

Obtaining Certification

The University of Pittsburgh accepts Disadvantaged, Minority-owned, Woman-owned, Veteran-owned, LGBTQ-owned, and HUBZone certifications from several certifying organizations. Contact each resource directly for instructions and more information.

List of Certifying Organizations
  • Pennsylvania Unified Certification Program (PA UCP)
    • Free, public, DBE certification administered locally through Allegheny County Department of Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
    •  Visit PA UCP Certification
  • National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
  • SBA 8(a) certification run by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
    • This certification is for small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged people or entities
    • Visit certify.SBA.gov
  • WOSB
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
  • LGBTQ-owned business
    • Certification managed through the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce
    • Visit nglcc.org
  • Service Disabled Veteran or Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB/VOSB)
    • Vets First Verification Program run by the Department of Veteran Affairs
    • Visit va.gov
  • HUBZone
    • Historically Underutilized Business Zone certification for businesses in economically depressed communities administered by the SBA
    • Visit certify.sba.gov
  • Regional Public Certifying Agency: if your company is based outside of Allegheny County, we suggest contacting your city, county, or state department of transportation authorities for information about public certification programs.

Helpful Definitions

Diversity Business Enterprise (DBE)

A "Diversity Business Enterprise" is a business owned/operated by a minority that is at least fifty-one percent (51%) unconditionally owned by one or more minority individuals or women who are both socially and economically diverse, or a publicly owned business that has at least fifty-one percent (51%) of its stock unconditionally owned by one or more such individuals and that has its management and daily business controlled by one or more such individuals. Individuals who certify that they are a member of named groups, i.e. African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives (Eskimos and Aleuts) and Asian and Pacific Island Americans are to be considered socially and economically diverse.

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)

A "Minority Business Enterprise" is intended to mean a business concern owned by one or more minority individuals that is at least fifty-one percent (51%) unconditionally owned by one or more minority individuals, or a publicly owned business that has at least fifty-one percent (51%) of its stock unconditionally owned by one or more such individuals and that has its management and daily business controlled by one or more such individuals. Individuals who certify that they are a member of named groups, i.e. African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives (Eskimos and Aleuts) and Asian and Pacific Island Americans are to be considered socially and economically disadvantaged.

Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE)

A "Women-Owned Business Enterprise" is intended to mean a business concern owned by one or more women that is at least fifty-one percent (51%) unconditionally owned by one or more women, or a publicly owned business that has at least fifty-one percent (51%) of its stock unconditionally owned by one or more such individuals and that has its management and daily business controlled by one or more such individuals.

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